When you take steps to organize your life, everything begins to go more smoothly. Instead of worrying about minor details, you’re able to proceed with the knowledge that everything is taken care of. However, getting to that point can be quite a challenge for someone who’s not used to living an organized life. Here are some suggestions that might help.
Step 1) Write it Down
The first thing to do is get a good notebook or app to keep track of everything you need to do. Many people prefer writing, but an application will keep you from accumulating even more paper. Make a complete list of everything you need to do around your home, at work and in your relationships, in order to stay on track.
Step 2) Start at Home with a Room at a Time
Once you have a list, get started with your home. Clean and organize each room of the house, one room at a time, with an entire day dedicated to each room. This means putting everything where it belongs, making a place for anything that doesn’t already have one and labeling anything you might need to access quickly. If you need some organizational containers to help with this process, you can probably find what you need at the nearest dollar store.
If something doesn’t belong in a particular room, put it where it does belong. There shouldn’t be any exceptions to this rule. Make your way through the entire house until each room has its own organizational system and everything has been returned to its proper place. Next, make sure each room has a trash bin and a box for items that belong in another room. Then schedule one day per week to pick these items up and return them to their rightful places.
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If you put everything that goes to another room into the box you have prepared, you’ll only have to empty the trash and take the box through the house once a week. This helps keep you organized and discourages you from putting things in the wrong room, thereby reducing clutter. At the very least, it will prompt you to think about it before doing so.
Step 3) Get Your Office in Order
Next, proceed with your work. Create a system of filing, scheduling and reminders that works for you. A large calendar that goes under your keyboard or on top of your desk may help you keep everything in one place. If you’re more technologically inclined, calendar apps that sync with your phone and email account can serve the same purpose.
Every time you’re given some paperwork, invited to a meeting or given a deadline, you should file or schedule it immediately. This will prevent you from forgetting important events, missing deadlines, or looking for important papers at the last minute. After a few weeks, this system will become second nature and you’ll become a much better employee, all because of a few small changes.
Most of the time, organizing your life is a fairly simple process. The hardest part is usually getting started. Breaking down what needs to be done, completing everything in a few simple steps, then putting a system in place to ensure that you can stay on top of things will help keep you organized for many years to come.