Things You Can Do On A Daily Basis To Stay Consistently Organized
Disorganization is costly. Whether you’re at home or in the office, it’s stressful and a waste of time to be constantly looking for misplaced items and running late because of it. So, here is a simple list of things you can do daily to help you stay consistently organized.
1. Set up a morning routine
People who are organized usually start the day out with a routine every morning! That’s because a morning routine not only helps us to set the right tone for the day, it also helps us to get the day started on the right foot. A morning workout or even something as simple as taking a brisk morning walk helps to freshen up our minds and can lead to a more productive day at the office.
A morning routine doesn’t necessarily mean having to wake up before the sun rises. It means waking up with a purpose and with an intention to have things go our way.
So, stop hitting that snooze button and start devising your very own morning routine today! You’d be shocked to find how a slight change in your morning can ultimately increase your productivity.
2. Don’t procrastinate
The longer you put off doing the task at hand, the more difficult the task becomes. Putting in the effort to get things done as soon as possible will lift the weight off of you from doing it later.
You can start by thinking of one thing that you should organize in your life. Write that down. Then, proceed to write down when you can do it, how you can do it, and what you will be needing to get it done. If you can get it done right now, then what are you waiting for?
3. Give everything a home
How many times have you cleaned your desk, only to find it in a mess just after a week? Clutter usually builds up over time because we often do not put our belongings in the appropriate places.
Keeping your life organized means keeping things in their proper places. A great way to stay organized is to keep everything in order by having a home for all our respective belongings. A good tip is to be practical while finding a home for our belongings, such as storing things that we use on a daily basis in a more easily accessible place.
4. Declutter regularly
Did you know, an average working employee spends over an hour each day just looking for things? Clutter on your desk alone can be a source of unneeded stress. It reminds us of all the other things that we have to do and it takes away our focus from the task at hand. Not only that, but it is also a waste of precious time, as we constantly need to rummage through a stack of files and other miscellaneous clutter just to find the items that we are looking for.
That is why it is important to find time each week to organize and declutter the things that are no longer needed. Studies have found that reducing clutter alone can help eliminate 40% of housework in an average home. A de-cluttered work or living space produces a de-cluttered mind. So, saying Sayonara to the things that no longer serves its purpose not only saves you time and space but is also an important step to take for staying consistently organized.
5. Make use of technology
Not a fan of carrying bulky daily planners but find yourself missing important tasks or meetings without them? Your mobile device can be your best personal assistant! Since we carry our smartphones and devices around with us everywhere we go, apps are a great way to keep us organized at home, in the office, and even while we’re on the go. Nowadays with technology, there are hundreds of Apps that can help us to stay organized. Apps such as Evernote or even our phone’s calendar can be used for jotting down notes and reminding us of important events.
Another tip for staying organized with the help of technology is to sync your phone with your work email, as well as your calendar. That way, you get to stay on top of things seamlessly and never miss out on important emails, meetings, or tasks ever again!
6. Maintain discipline consistently
Lastly and probably most importantly, to stay consistently organized is having the self-discipline to maintain what you’ve started. You don’t go to the gym, get to your desired shape, then cancel your membership. Being organized is the same. It requires a continual effort and upkeep. So do not just drop things in a random place and spend the extra time to put things back in their designated places. It may cost you a couple of minutes now to put it where it is supposed to be but it will ultimately be a major time-saver in the end.
If you weren’t driven to organize your life earlier, I hope this was able to provide some motivation for you to get started to stay organized all-year-round!