Even the most creative people and those who thrive in chaos secretly want to get more organized. Better personal organization just makes things easier, we become more productive and simplify our daily life.

But because the big picture often seems overwhelming, most people don’t even try to figure out how to be organized. When, in fact, it’s just a matter of developing the right mini habits and making them stick.

Here’s how you can do that with minimum effort:

Get More Organized with These 10 Quick Habits

Have a place for everything.

And whenever you stop using it, put it back there.

Wake up earlier.

That will give you extra time in which you can prepare for the day and will save you the stress of leaving home in a hurry.

Related: A Great Morning Routine to Get Things Done in The Early Hours

Use to-do lists.

Simply write down anything that needs to be done each day. No need to remember it anymore.

Look at that list a few times throughout the day.

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Don’t just write it and leave it. Get back to it every few hours so that you make sure everything gets done.

Write it in the evening.

Spare 3 minutes in the end of each day to plan the next.

Related: Evening Routines: How to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success Tonight

Get rid of excess stuff.

Every day eliminate one thing you haven’t used in the last 6 months or so, and give it to charity, to a friend or just throw it away. There are so many things you can live without, that just take up space and require your attention and care.

Track things.

You can keep track of your wake up time, how long you sleep, how much work you do daily, what you eat, your morning habits, etc.

Anything can be tracked really. And once you start doing it, you’ll see that some changes can be made to improve your performance and get more organized.

If something takes less than 5 minutes, do it right away.

Saying you’ll do something later usually ends badly.

So when there’s a small task, even if unexpected, just take action immediately and get it done. If you start overthinking, you’ll also procrastinate.

Use the right tools.

There are many softwares, apps and tools built to help you get more organized and better at time and life management.

Be it writing tools, or ones for tracking, communicating with clients, organizing projects, planning your day, etc.

They’re made to save you time and worries, to help you get more done in less time and can often cut hours from your work week. So find the right ones for you and use them.

80/20 your life.

Do a quick analysis of how you spend your time every now and then. You’ll notice that some things aren’t really necessary, while others can be delegated.

So make the best use of your time by removing them from your list. And instead focus on what gives you results and do more of it.

That’s how you get more organized in 10 minutes or less and bring order and discipline to your life.

What other organization tips can you share?

See also:

21 Success Habits of Highly Organized People
Your Guide to Finally Living a More Organized Life