Who doesn’t want to keep their life organized?
Living in clutter and chaos is exhausting, both physically and emotionally. It prevents us from being productive, it makes us waste time and leads to unnecessary worries.
Being disorganized, like most other behaviors in life, is a habit we’ve developed over the years, without even realizing. But we can unlearn it and build some of the habits organized people have that help them live a simple and happy life.
Here’s what you can do to let go of the clutter:
1. Use lists.
Make the most of to-do lists, or any other type of list, really.
Writing things down the moment they pop up in your head is a simple yet powerful technique that makes it easier to never forget a meeting, or even a simple task connected to your personal life.
2. 3 MITs.
Once you create a list of all the things you need to get done today, prioritize by putting the 3 most important items on top.
Then, work on them before you move onto anything less essential.
This way you’ll not only be more organized, but will make sure you’re always moving in the right direction and completing the things that will get you closer to your goals.
3. Keep your home clean.
A tidy home leads to a tidy mind. You’re more creative, productive and positive in an environment without any clutter or dirt.
So make sure you vacuum often enough, never leave your dishes stay in the sink, dust and wash surfaces almost daily, etc.
You don’t need to be the one doing all this. Make the most of the cleaning services in your area so that you can focus your time and energy on better things.
4. Put everything back in its place.
Whenever you take something, put it back there when you’re done using it. That will make your life so much simpler and you’ll never wonder where your left your keys, notebook, charger, or else.
5. Empty your inbox twice a day.
For a more organized life, take control of your inbox too so it doesn’t overwhelm you. Do it twice a day, maybe once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Answer the quick emails right away, schedule the others for later, add stuff to your to-do list, but take action about every item there.
6. Declutter your closet.
Most people never wear at least one-third of their clothes. Why don’t you dedicate this weekend to create more space in your home?
Take everything you haven’t worn in the last 6 months and simply give it away, give it to friends, neighbors or relatives, or even throw it away.
You’ll be amazed at how liberated you feel. Plus, choosing clothes in the morning will become a no-brainer with less options.
7. Review your days, weeks and months.
To be in control of every area of your life, you’ll need to track things and see when it’s time to make some changes.
What better way than to use an app or even a piece of paper to analyze how your day/week/month went.
Track everything, from your finances, workouts, quality and quantity of food, to your time, sleep, water intake, etc.
Find the right tools for you that will save you time and worries. Let an app track your sleep and wake you up in the right sleep cycle, schedule reminders for deadlines and meetings, automate payments, workflow procedures, posting to social media, responding to emails, curating content online, and more.
Organize your time even more by letting others do some of the work that doesn’t require your role.
Divide the chores at home between all members of the household. Don’t say yes to every favor they ask you to do at work. Hire a virtual assistant if you have to.
Remember that you don’t need to do it all by yourself. That brings too much stress, and your time and resources are limited. There’s only so much you can handle and perform well at the same time.
10. Organize your desk.
Last but not least, bring some order to your desk, be it at home or at work. Don’t wake up just to see clutter and thus ruin your whole day. Organize it, have a place for everything, get some plants, throw away the old papers, business cards, envelopes, files and other items you don’t use.
So, that’s how you can keep your life organized and simplify it to the point where you’ll think more clearly, be more creative, productive and peaceful.
What will you start with?