How to Get More Organized in 10 Minutes or Less: A Quick List

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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

  1. Have a place for everything.

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

  1. 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

  1. Use to-do lists.

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

  1. Look at that list a few times throughout the day. - best articles, popular content

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

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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

Saying you’ll do something later usually ends bad.

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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