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After an amazing summer break, it’s time to go back to school. I’ll be starting my minor HR Advice this week and in January I’m going to start my graduate internship. It’s going to be a busy year! For this reason, I have been looking for some good organizing tips and I wanted to share them with you. I hope we can create healthy habits so we can get through the year!
How To Organize Your Life
First of all, you can use these tips in all different ways and just because I’m a student, it doesn’t mean only students can use these tips. I wanted to make sure these tips are for everyone to be helpful. Moreover, it doesn’t matter if you’re naturally very disorganized because everyone can become organized. From planning things, jotting things down, to ditching the unnecessary and organizing things that matter, you will become an organized person as long as you’re willing to learn and practice. Here are the essential habits on how to organize your life.
Write things down
One of the most important things is to write things down. Trying to remember things will not help you to stay organized. A pen and some paper is our way of remembering things externally, and it’s much more permanent. You can also use a computer or a smartphone. You will only further complicate your life by trying to contain important dates and reminders in your head. Write down everything: shopping lists for groceries, holiday gifts, home decor, and important dates like meetings and birthdays.
Tip: try to use one particular place where you store this information. If you have papers everywhere it’s still going to be a mess. Try using a notebook and/or a notation in your phone/computer (maybe organized per category) to have everything stored together.
Make schedules and deadlines
Organized people don’t waste time. They recognize that keeping things organized goes hand-in-hand with staying productive. Moreover, they make and keep schedules for the day and week. Also, they make deadlines and set goals. And most importantly, they stick to them! Similarly, by living a cluttered lifestyle, you will not have the time or space to make your deadlines or achieve your goals.
Tip: look at your bucket list or make one. Write down the things you want to achieve this year or in your life. Then write down what you need to do to achieve them.
The longer you wait to do something, the more difficult it will be to get it done. If you want your life to be less stressful and less demanding, then organize as soon as you can. Putting in the effort to get things done as soon as possible will lift the weight off of you from doing it later.
Tip: think of one thing that you should organize in your life. Write it down. Then write down when you can do it and what you need to get it done. If you can get it done right now, then go do it!
Find time each week to organize. Highly organized people make sure they find time every week or more to organize their things. Stuff does not stay organized on its own; it needs to be reorganized continuously and consistently.
Tip: look at your schedule and find a time to organize, then do it.
More stuff means more clutter. People who live organized lives only keep what they need and what they really really want. Having fewer things also means that you enjoy those things more and feel better about using everything you own, rather than letting half of what you own collect dust.
Have you ever felt like you don’t have the space to keep all the stuff you own? Instead of renting a storage unit or buying a larger home, get rid of some things. You can donate stuff, sell stuff or recycle stuff.
Tip: write down the number of things you think you actually need. Then, write a list of all the things that you own. If the number of things you actually own exceeds your ideal need list, then it’s time to organize.
A really organized life is not overfilled with responsibilities, meetings, and deadlines. In fact, it has less because things that create stress have been slowly organized out.
Tip: look at your to-do list or make one. Go through the list and find one task that you can remove from your list or give to someone else. Now feel the stress of having to do it fall away.
Put in a little effort. Actually, put in a lot of effort when necessary. Once you have delegated responsibilities and made a schedule, then you can organize what you have to do and when you can do it. Staying organized is not all a breeze. It requires that you work hard with the recognition that when you work harder, you can enjoy your clutter-free home life later.
Tip: work harder when you feel like giving up today.
Some of these tips I already use but some of them are new to me and I can’t wait to use them. I hope I’ll be able to do all the work for school and still have some time to do things I love. How are you planning your life? Are you organized or not? Let me know in the comments!