Are you feeling the opposite of organized? We all know those periods where things at work are hectic, there are a million and one things you need to do and to top it all off, feelings of dread, worry and stress start to settle in. You may find yourself doing things at the last minute or even forgetting things until it’s too late. So you’ve decided it’s time to work on solidifying some organizational habits before you feel like you’ve totally lost control. In the last couple of years, I’ve learned to manage my life and lists and all of the chaos with a few simple tricks. Today, I’ll share with you my top 5 ways to stay organized.
1. Keep a List – Along Comes ToDoist!
We all know that keeping lists is important. Shopping lists, ideas lists, chores lists… the list goes on and on (haha, get it?). Ever since I started using ToDoist, my life has been so much less complicated. ToDoist is an app that manages all of your lists in one place. It also has quite a lot of features, things that you won’t find in most other list apps. Aside from setting tasks, you can also have sub-tasks, projects, schedule tasks, set reminders, tie it into your calendar, highlight important points, add labels, and so so so much more. If you want to get a better idea of the basics of ToDoist, read a bit more here.
2. Tackle Important Items daily, Tackle Larger Items Weekly
This is a huge one. If there are important things that need to be done, do it ASAP that very day. I’m talking about an imperative email to a lawyer, or your boss, or whomever. Do you need to call your tax authority? Do it today. Those things can’t wait until your day off or the weekend. But make sure you don’t crowd your day with a huge project that could wait or be broken up into smaller pieces. The best way to prevent becoming stressed with your entire workload is to make sure you make tasks and goals attainable.
3. Set Goals
Want to work towards a cleaner apartment or house? Set smaller goals. One day, clean the bathroom, one day clean that messy closet and another day clean out the kitchen cabinets. But if you hate cleaning, don’t plan on doing it all in one day, otherwise, you won’t be motivated to even start. If a task you despise is smaller, you’re more likely to bite the bullet and finish it.
4. Declutter Your Life
Your mind can often feel chaotic when the world itself is chaotic around you. Work from home? Keep your work desk clean and organized. It’s easy to set things aside on your desk and then they often become a distraction or an irritation. Have way too many pens in that junk drawer? Get rid of them! I’m not saying you need to go and completely declutter your entire life. But if something is nagging at you, take care of it, because it’s not going to take care of itself. Take me for example, I have a bare, dry Christmas tree in my apartment. My husband was supposed to take it away, but he’s been either sick or very busy. I’ve decided, that if his weekend is hectic again, I’ll be taking it out myself (broken toe and all) because it’s starting to nag at my inner soul. So take action, even if you think someone else should do it. Declutter!
5. Don’t Procrastinate
This one is the easiest rule to break. Let’s be real, everyone procrastinates one time or another. There’s not a human in the world who hasn’t avoided something they’ve had to do. Sometimes it’s nice to procrastinate. Sometimes it’s nice to not do that one thing you have to do. But procrastination can also lead to extra stress and anxiety. And, let’s be honest, you’re going to have to do that thing eventually, right?
It can be very, very, very hard for someone to learn to not procrastinate. Unfortunately, the only way to stop procrastinating is to just do it. You need to hold yourself accountable. Break your goal into pieces (if you can), set a deadline, and get going. Some people hate vacuuming. But you have to do it anyway, right? Look at it this way: you have to vacuum this weekend. Would you rather leave it for the last minute on Sunday night, all the while dreading it the whole weekend? Or would you rather do it right on Saturday morning, and then have the rest of the weekend free without any anxiety? Procrastinating can be a hard habit to break, but it’ll help you out in the long run.
Start Getting Organized Today!
These are the 5 things I do to stay organized and productive every day. Without these 5 things, my life would probably be a mess. But I can’t afford for everything to be chaotic, not when I have so much to do and so little time! So try these steps, one at a time, and try your best to be consistent. A habit is formed in 21 days, so get going and uncomplicate your life. See if you can become more productive and organized!
P.S. These tips didn’t help? Feeling unmotivated at work? Maybe you should take a look at Yes, You Should Quit Your Job.