Do you have too much to do and too little time?
Does your house look like a bomb just hit it and there is chaos and clutter everywhere?
Do you feel stressed?
Getting more organized will make everything a lot more manageable!
You will feel:
“Stress occurs when pressure exceeds your perceived ability to cope”
Whether you believe you can cope with a situation will determine how stressed you will feel.
Organizing your life is therefore the answer you need.
Here are the 19 best ways to get organized:
1. Make lists
Lists are an excellent way to remember to do things.
List are also a great motivator. The satisfaction we get from putting a tick alongside our list can be enough to encourage us to get the job done.
2. Use a schedule
Schedules help make tasks less overwhelming.
They show us that everything we need to do can actually fit into our week.
A schedule will also motivate you as fulfilling all your tasks will seem much more achievable.
3. Delegate certain times to check your Facebook, email or other social media
I’m sure if we all counted the amount of times we checked our email or Facebook throughout the day, we would get a big shock!
I even had to put my Facebook into a separate folder on my IPhone so that I would check it less!
Social media is:
- a BIG time waster, and
- distracts you from completing more important tasks
4. Carry a notepad and pen (or use a notepad on your phone)
This will help you to remember things that you think of during the day.
Perhaps you remember that you have to call someone later on. Well, write it down in your notepad!
Taking notes will make a big difference at the end of the day when you realize just how much you actually have to do.
5. Create designated spaces for your things
Use folders, drawers and shelves to help to create space in your home and to organize your things.
6. Use different colors to help you organize your stuff
For example, you can use:
- different colored folders to put paper work into, or
- different colored containers for different types of items
7. Color code your lists and calendars
Your calendar will be easier to understand and will look more appealing.
You will also find it easier to remember things because they are placed in different categories.
8. Keep surfaces in your home clear
Reducing clutter in your environment will help you to reduce mental clutter.
Your mind will be able to think and cope better and you will feel dramatically less stressed.
Oh yes, and you won’t waste time searching for things or falling over everything along the way!
9. Put things away immediately after using it
This is to prevent clutter from reoccurring again.
It feels great once you have cleaned your house, but it’s not so nice when it is a mess the very next day again!
Here is an example of what you should do:
- When you get mail, open it and sort it immediately.
- If you don’t do this, just imagine where it’s going to end up.
- Perhaps it will end up on your kitchen bench, dining table or on in a big pile on the floor somewhere?
10. Learn to say no
Do you find yourself saying “Yes” to things that you really don’t want to do?
Saying “yes” when we really mean “no” can lead to stress, resentment and anger.
Learn to say no and you will have more time on your hands to get things done…and more time to relax.
11. Live minimalistically
Living minimalistically means that:
- You own less stuff
- You buy less stuff
- You have less clutter in your home
- You waste less time with technology
- You have more time and money for the people you love and the things you enjoy
- Your life is more simple, manageable and organized
12. Spring clean your bedroom, closet and house regularly
Don’t let things build up in your home or in your cupboard.
I’m sure we all know the feeling when our clothes get creased because they are all squashed so closely together in our wardrobe.
Let’s just throw out some things we really don’t need and make life simpler and more relaxed.
13. Resist bargains
If you already own too much stuff, learn to resist bargains.
Rather than seeing a bargain as your ‘friend’, see it as something that will bring clutter to your home and to your life.
If you don’t need it, don’t buy it!
Only buy things that you need, not what you think you might need in the future – because chances are, you won’t need it and you won’t use it.
14. Schedule regular decluttering sessions
Notice the words “regular”?
Scheduling regular decluttering sessions will makes it a quick and not so daunting job.
Maybe you decide to spend half an hour every Sunday doing a quick tidy up. (That’s what I do personally).
Whenever or however, do it regularly and it will make your day-to-day life a lot more pleasant.
15. Use a diary or calendar
This is a great way to remember things that you need to do in a few months time.
Your schedule is great for more specific and regular things. However, we should all have a diary or calendar to make note of things that will happen way in advance – like someone’s birthday or an important meeting.
16. Choose only a few major goals to focus on at a time
If you have too many goals, you will find yourself struggling to maintain them all. This will lead to stress and your day-to-day duties will become less manageable.
My advice is, pick three goals to focus on at a time.
Maybe you want to learn to play an instrument, learn a new language or do a course in something. Pick three things, and no more.
17. Always overestimate the time something will take you
A lot of people have bad time management. A big part of this involves underestimating the time that something will take you to complete.
To avoid this, and to make sure that I almost always have enough time to complete things, I overestimate the amount of time I think something will take me.
This is one of my favorite ways to stay organized because it is very effective.
You will never feel stressed because something took you longer than you thought it would.
18. When you think of something you need to do, do it immediately
Maybe you need to pay a bill. Do it as soon as you think of it. Perhaps you have to reply to an email, do it immediately.
All the small things can add up so doing them straight away will actually make a big difference.
19. Schedule time in your week for unforeseen things
This is another one of my favorites.
Many of us fill our schedules 100%. We try to fit in as much as possible and leave no room for unforeseen things.
Life in unpredictable. So if you are too tight with your time, you will constantly find yourself stressing because you don’t have enough of it.
To help manage unforeseen things;
- designate a small amount of time every week that you can use to deal with unforeseen jobs or activities
- This time can also be used to catch up with things that are taking you longer than expected (to catch up with your schedule).
Are you ready to get organized?
I’m sure these 19 tips will help you tremendously in getting organized and you won’t feel overwhelmed anymore.
Be sure to use them in your daily life for a less stressed and more productive you.
It’s amazing how a little bit of organizing can free your mind and help you achieve so much more.
What is your favorite way to get organized? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section.