5 Seemingly Small Things You Can Do Stay Organized
Do you ever feel like your brain is on overdrive? Like it’s impossible to keep your daily tasks and responsibilities in order? You’re not alone! Life moves so fast nowadays… it’s definitely easy to get burnt out. Here are 5 tips you can use to help keep yourself organized.
#1 Making Lists
Never underestimate the power of a well thought out list. It’s a really easy way to organize your thoughts all in one place. Every morning I make a list of the tasks I need to accomplish that day, whether it’s a household chore, or a bill that needs to be paid, no task is too big or too small. Writing them out by hand seems to work best for me, but you might need to experiment to figure out which format you like best. You can use an app on your phone, or Microsoft Word; Heck, I even went as far as installing some chalkboard vinyl on my pantry door so I have a large handwritten list in front of me at all times. I also recommend making separate lists for each specific category of tasks. It doesn’t always have to be a to-do list either, sometimes if I’m feeling really anxious I’ll write down a list of all my worries. Seeing them on paper helps me work through them (and it also helps clear my mind to better stay focused.) It’s an age old trick, but lists prove again and again to be a helpful tool when trying to stay organized.
#2 Is it Something You Can Get Done Quickly?
When your to-do list seems to be never-ending, it’s really easy to feel overwhelmed, and that’s never good for productivity. It can even make you feel paralyzed, like you don’t even know where to start. When those feelings creep in, try to identify which tasks can be completed in 5-10 mins (or even less). Tasks like responding to an e-mail, sorting your mail, or paying a bill, can be completed relatively quickly. Finishing just one thing on your list can help you feel confident enough to tackle the rest of your daily duties.
#3 Work Harder, Not Smarter
Think about the order in which you plan to accomplish each task you have in front of you. If you need to wipe the counter tops, sweep the floors, and dust, don’t sweep first and then dust and wipe the countertops, you’ll just make more work for yourself. It may take some time to plan, but figuring out which tasks you need to complete first can make tackling that to-do list a whole lot easier.
#4 Organization is Like A Puzzle
When my house is cluttered, I have a hard time focusing on what needs to get done. Start to think about those problem areas in your home as if they were puzzles. Do you have an end table that seems to always have junk on it? Perhaps you should buy a catch all bin. Have a chair that seems to accumulate clothes throughout the week? Install some wall hooks so you can hang your clothes temporarily, until you find time to put them away properly. Finding a place to store those random items can help ease your mind and focus on the important things that need to get done that day. The next time you notice an area of your house that is constantly cluttered, ask yourself “how can I solve this puzzle? what solution do I need?” It’ll help you tons!
#5 Designate One Final “You” Task Each Day
When you’ve been running around all day on overdrive, it’s really easy to feel stuck in production mode. Allow yourself the freedom to finish out each day with some self-care, (or a “you task”, as I like to call it). It can be hard at first, but the more you practice, the easier it gets. Whether it’s taking a bath, reading a book, making your favorite meal, or just enjoying some quiet time, it’ll help relax your mind (and tired body). Plus, having something to look forward to at the end of the day may help keep you motivated!