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How does your day start? Do you have a morning routine or are you just getting by with the tasks that need to be done? Do you feel like there is never enough time in the day to get everything accomplished? At the same time, does it feel impossible to take care of all responsibilities and still have time for yourself?
If you’re living this way now, you might be wondering if there’s any hope for change. The answer is yes! There are many habits that highly organized people do regularly, which can help anyone become more efficient and productive with their time and space.
Many people live in a state of perpetual disorganization. From the moment they wake up, their day is off to a chaotic start. On top of that, it takes hours or even days to get caught up on work after being interrupted by something else.
This doesn’t have to be you.
Here are the 6 habits of extremely organized people that may assist you in regaining your sanity. More than just getting things done, these habits will change how you feel about yourself and give you the peace of mind.
Preparing the Night Before
People who make preparations before sleep have an easier morning routine because everything is ready for them when they wake up. This means:
- Have a list of everything that needs to be done the next day and prioritize each task.
- Set out your clothes and any necessary toiletries so you aren’t wasting time getting ready in the morning.
- Make sure all electronic devices are fully charged because it can be stressful when one dies while you’re rushing around.
- Make a quick list of anything that needs to be done for the next day.
- Prepare your bag and lay out everything you need so it is ready to go when you leave in the morning. This will normally include your keys, wallet or purse, any necessary devices (phone/iPad), other items that you will need for the day, and any necessary snacks to avoid low blood sugar and energy crashes.
- Make sure your lunch is packed so it’s ready to go in the morning, as well as make sure any dishes from dinner are washed or put away so they don’t pile up overnight.
Decluttering is the key to an organized and clear-headed mind. If you’re not already following a regular decluttering routine, it’s worth considering how it can help.
Here are some top tips and tricks for getting started with decluttering your home quickly and effectively:
- Set aside 20 minutes for decluttering each day, and try to do it after you’ve finished your most important tasks.
- Every item in the house should be put into one of three piles – keep, donate, or trash – before being placed back where they belong. By doing this regularly, clutter is forced out of hiding and you’re able to see a noticeable difference.
- To avoid the clutter from building up again, make it routine by making decluttering part of your daily or weekly schedule.
- Get into the habit of putting things back where they belong as soon as possible after using them and before moving on to another task. The longer you leave an item out, the more likely it is to be left there.
- Keep things you use regularly within easy reach, and place items that are infrequently used in storage spaces or cupboards where they can’t cause any problems.
- De-clutter one zone at a time: You’ll feel less overwhelmed if you work in sections of the house rather than tackling all rooms at once.
- Start small: Instead of trying to tackle everything in one go, start with sorting through your clothes or paperwork, which will give you more immediate results.
- Empty before organizing: Before putting things away tidy them up so they are neat and easy to put away.
- Work from a list: This will help you stay on track and not lose your focus as this is usually an ongoing process that can take some time if done properly.
As well as decluttering daily life, some people find it useful to set aside an entire week each year for a cleaning blitz. This is a great way to get through some of the more difficult projects that have been on hold for far too long and can be combined with regular decluttering sessions throughout the year.
Maintain the same time every day to complete important tasks
One way to maintain the same time every day is to set a reminder on your phone, computer, or tablet so that an alarm goes off at the same time everyday. It will become a habit and there’s no way of delaying it unless you want to completely break the cycle.
Another way is to use a daily planner. By writing down your important tasks in the same place every day, you can track how much time it takes for you to do these things and set alarms or reminders at specific times so that you have enough time to complete everything on your list.
You can tackle tough tasks first while you have the most energy and before interruptions come up.
Finally, you can also schedule rewards for yourself at the end of your day if you manage to complete everything on your list. It will make completing tasks more enjoyable!
Work with a very clear vision of the future
Take time to think about your future and what you want it to look like. It’s important to have a clear vision of where you want your life and career to go so that you can move towards those goals.
If you don’t know what your long-term goals are, it can be hard to stay motivated. Take time for introspection and write down a list of things that will help motivate you towards those future achievements.
Write down your goals and break them into smaller steps that are manageable. This will keep you on track and you will be able to check off each step as it is completed.
You can also break down your goals into different areas of your life, such as health and career so that the steps are easier for you to manage. For example, set a goal of losing 20 pounds in one month by eating better and exercising more regularly. This may seem too difficult and overwhelming so break it down by eating more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. This will help you to get on track while still making changes that are manageable for you.
When it comes to being organized, the most important thing is having a system that works for your needs and lifestyle. No matter what type of person you are, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to organization!
Set up your schedule
By setting up your schedule and dedicating yourself to keeping focus during the times that are set apart for certain things, you will be able to get more done in less time and become more organized in your day.
Set a schedule for yourself based on the things you need to do and when they need to be done. This way, you won’t have to think about what needs to be done next and can just follow your schedule. You will always know where you need to be and when as well as the things that still need doing!
Dedicate a specific time of the day to cleaning and organizing so that you can get it out of the way quickly during one sitting without worrying about forgetting or not having enough time later on.
One thing most people do is procrastinate, which isn’t good because they end up rushing at the last minute and not being as productive. Try to break this habit by making a specific time each day where you can do whatever needed doing, whether it’s work-related or school-related.
Make sure every day is planned out in advance, including breaks for relaxation, exercise, or reflection. Once a routine has been established, it’s much easier to keep going and avoid burnout as you stay productive throughout the day.
Review your plan regularly with an open mind
If something needs changing, make the change. If you find that there is a particular time or location where your performance is lagging, figure out what might be distracting you and remove it.
If one path does not lead where you want it to go or if there is a change in plans toward your top priorities, highly organized people can immediately adjust and take action on whatever else needs to get done. They can make last-minute changes without becoming overwhelmed.
Habits to become highly organized people can be difficult to develop, but they make the world go round. Once you’ve found your perfect system and started practicing it day in and out, life will become much more efficient.
You don’t have to do everything by yourself; delegate tasks when possible for a well-run business or household. With time, the organization becomes second nature!