If you’re looking at this picture and saying to yourself, “Yes, that is my life.” then it is about time you kick start new habits and learn how to organize your life.
Some people think that organizing is only for the neat freaks.
In reality, however, everyone needs a bit of organizing in their life.
Unless you live in a secluded island where everything is provided for at your beck and call and you have absolutely nothing to think about, then you may need to scroll down and read more tips on how to organize your life.
Organizing is not rocket science! All it takes is just a commitment to start and adopt these key essential habits.
1. Have a goal-focused mindset
It’s easy to run around in circles when you don’t know what your main goals are. People can dump their checklists on you, call them “urgent” and suddenly, you have so many things on your plate.
Sometimes, it feels like you need to tick off everything on your checklist. It gives you a sense of accomplishment to finish tasks and see items completed. However, many of these tasks are not even aligned to your goals. More often than not, these tasks may be hand-me-down tasks from other people — people like your boss, co-workers, family, and many others.
If you entertain each and every one of these tasks, you will end up with so many things in your to-do list yet still feel unfulfilled as you complete these tasks at the end of the day. This is because doing tasks that don’t align to your goals will not make you feel fulfilled at all.
Now try this. When you start to plan your day, think about the goals that you want to accomplish. Do you want to finish that digital marketing course you’ve recently signed up for? Do you intend to spend time with your kids today and make them feel loved? Whatever the goals are, make sure you write them down to remind you of the things you need to do to start achieving them. Learning how to organize your life starts with a clear goal-focused mindset.
After jotting your goals down, think of the must-dos you need to complete to move forward with your goals.
2. Schedule it
Believe it or not, a schedule is one of the simplest things that you can do to learn how to organize your life. When I say schedule, it just doesn’t mean just scheduling meetings at work or important events.
Schedule your most important must-dos aligned to your goals and ensure that you dedicate time to accomplish what is needed for your life.
Ever wonder why we managed to finish multiple subjects in college even with a sometimes overwhelming workload of homework and research projects? It’s because the deadlines that we needed to adhere to forced us to allocate time to accomplish the task.
Similarly, if you take time to schedule and allot time for your life’s most important goals, then you will find a way to do it and move forward with what you need to do.
3. Declutter and categorize your stuff
Decluttering is not just about keeping your space clean. Decluttering helps you organize your things and therefore helps you work more efficiently. It is best that you define the categories for your things and keep them in the same place neatly.
Picture this example. Your goal is to improve your relationship with your little daughter, therefore one of your tasks is to create an arts and crafts project with her for one of her school events. You have a concept in mind and you’re excited to start it immediately! You bought materials from the local crafts store and you’re now ready to start on your project with your daughter. Now, as you start your project, you realize you need your special zigzag scissors and pink glitter.
You spend 1 whole hour to find your zigzag scissors under a mountain of office supplies, then you spend another hour finding the pink glitter. These are 2 hours you could have spent working on the project already.
Decluttering unnecessary items in your life will help you find things more easily. When you do this, you find that you have so much more time on your hands because you are able to work more efficiently. Therefore, you have more time to work on your goals.
4. Seek help and delegate
You do not need to do things all by yourself.
I repeat, you do not need to do things all by yourself.
If you’re looking for ways on how to organize your life, then you must learn how to work smart.
Are there tasks on your schedule that you can delegate to someone else? If there’s an administrative task that is simple enough and easy to learn, perhaps you can assign it to an intern at work. You will have the benefit of saving your time and the hassle of thinking through this task. You will also be able to help someone else by helping them navigate through it. This task may already be very repetitive to you, but it may be something new to learn for someone else.
You can do this for your home too. Are there tasks that you can delegate to your big kids? Can you give them a “promotion” and start giving them bigger responsibilities? It is not just about unloading yourself. It’s also about teaching kids a sense of responsibility and training them for bigger duties in the future. Instilling in them a great passion to learn and embracing additional responsibilities will do them good in a long run. In the end, it will be a win-win for everyone.
5. Develop the habit
Just learning these steps on how to organize your life won’t make the cut. You have to develop the habit of doing all these organizing skills by doing it often.
In the beginning, you must do these frequently or even daily to train yourself to adopt to these habits.
As you invest time and effort, these essential organizing skills will come to you naturally.
The key to learn how to organize your life is to identify what you need to do, do it often, and make it your lifestyle.
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