Have you ever wondered how some people manage to stay organized despite their overwhelming tasks? They seem to have mastered the art of efficiency.
Staying organized is a habit that you can also develop. Thus, here are tips to stay organized – may it be at work, in your personal life, or even in your studies.
1. Positive Mindset
Before you start anything, you have to begin with a positive mindset. This is really important if you are just starting in learning how to stay organized.
Believe that you will stay true to your goals. Trust in your ability to do something new.
Being driven means a lot in staying organized. It keeps you on track as you continue such a journey.
2. Plan Plan Plan
Dale Carnegie had this to say – “An hour of planning can save you 10 hours of doing.” He couldn’t be any more correct.
For you to stay organized, you have to have a plan for the day. A To-Do List is still the norm and it absolutely works. However, you have to do it realistically such that you only include 3 to 4 important things.
Planning saves you time and energy. It helps you stay focused and organized.
3. Don’t Procrastinate
One of the reasons we cannot seem to stay organized is we procrastinate. Don’t fall into this as this is a trap. It messes up with your schedule.
Once you have scheduled activities for the day, act on them! Get out of the rut and do what you must be doing.
Procrastinating only makes you fall behind schedule. It will even lead to sloppy work. Thus, stop the bad habit of procrastinating as early as now.
ALSO READ: How to beat Procrastination
When it comes to staying organized at home, decluttering is certainly necessary. It frees you some space while adding a more relaxing ambiance to your home.
Thus, schedule some time in a week to declutter. Get rid of the stuff that is not doing you any good.
To stay focused and organized, practice decluttering.
5. Delegate Responsibilities
To stay organized, you have to learn how to delegate tasks. If you think that you’re unable to finish three tasks all at once, ask for help from someone.
Delegating tasks makes it easier for you to focus on things that require your immediate attention. It makes you more efficient and productive.
So, step up your game and learn the art of delegating.
6. Use Calendars
One piece of advice I learned from Thomas Frank in his video about things that organized people do is to not rely on our brains so much. Why is this so? Simple – we tend to forget.
That is why it matters that you keep a calendar of activities you want to do. Use a planner if you so desire.
Doing this simple stuff makes it easier for you to stay organized. It serves as an alarm clock in case you forget things. I personally use google calendar and I also have a planner to keep all my appointments.
7. Limit Distractions
Distractions can be too many books on your desk; or, notifications on your phone. It could also be too many tabs open on your screen.
Take this friendly reminder and ditch those unnecessary things. If you aim to stay organized, you have to stay away from those that distract you.
Discard those books you don’t need off your table. Turn off the notifications in your phone and close all tabs that you’re not really using.
With all those tasks you have enumerated on your To-Do List, you could get overwhelmed. I assure you that that is not how you should stay organized.
Staying organized means you do things according to their level of urgency or importance. This way, you can get things done more efficiently.
You no longer need to rush because by prioritizing, you can focus more on the tasks at hand.
9. Focus on one task at a time
Single-tasking or focusing on one task at a time is not only beneficial in staying organized. It also conserves your energy.
Avoid multi-tasking because this does not really guarantee a high level of productivity. Instead of you doing things more, you end up doing less.
Try to slow down and focus on one task. Give your time to it and move to the next one once you’re done.
10. Get started right away
There’s a famous quote from Lao Tzu – the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. This applies to every aspect of our life and staying organized is one of them.
The moment you came up with a plan and after thinking about it, act on it right away. The more you let time tick by, the lesser the opportunity you’ll ever succeed in doing it.
This will surely have an adverse effect on your staying organized. Not getting started right away slows your tempo and it may even lead you to accumulate too many things to do on your plate.
Time management is quite crucial to staying organized. As you are well aware, you only have 24 hours a day. How you manage it depends on you.
So, use your time wisely by scheduling and planning. This prevents you from procrastinating. This will even help you achieve your goals faster.
By staying organized, you are also relieving yourself from stress and frustration. You no longer need to feel overwhelmed and burdened.
Organizing things can be a bit stressful, most especially if you see things inside your room in absolute disarray. Oh, the headache! To avoid this, try labeling.
Scribe labels and put them on your drawers. This is useful if you’re using drawers that are not transparent. It makes it appear simpler for you to locate things.
In terms of documents, do the same thing on their folders. I always do this because I tend to forget which one is which. You may also do the same if you haven’t yet.
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OVER TO YOU
Staying organized is truly vital to living a less stressful day. The more you practice this good habit, the more you attract positive energies. You get to enjoy a more clutter-free life as well as space. Thus, I encourage you to try some of the tips above on how to stay organized and you’ll surely see gradual yet great changes in you.