Who me? Organized? My children might tell you otherwise, but I do find it hard to keep track of our weekly schedule. You know: school, swimming, grocery shopping, tidying up, writing, painting, paying bills, remembering appointments and so on. Fortunately, in our house we all pitch in. No one person does everything. But we do have a little secret that helps our day run more smoothly- we use standard calendars or organizer that connects us all.
Let us establish the notion that really organized individuals are not always born organized. Just like with a disorganized person, organized habits can be acquired. Over the years I have cultivated some healthy habits that has helped me to stay organized. These habits such as a thorough planning of events and activities of my life, jotting down things, using calendars to schedule events and meet deadlines, reduce procrastination( I am the biggest procrastinator you will ever meet), putting things in order and giving everything a home(my keys, my masks, my belts all have a special home or place). Essential Habits on organizing your life:
Jotting Things Down– My entire family thinks highly of me for many reasons. One of the main reasons is that I am great with names and I remember every single birthday for everyone in the immediate family. The reason I remember is certainly not because of my memory. I ensure that I first get the birthdays written in my calendar. My lovely calendar sends me a reminder. Calendering or note taking apps are very helpful and shall remain my best friend. I have admitted to my. faults- very forgetful which gets worse as I age and I am no spring chicken.
Scheduling Activities– Most organized individuals are guilty of making and keeping daily, weekly, monthly and annual schedules. Staying free of a cluttered life means staying productive by setting schedules and achieving them. Not only do you have to write down things you want to achieve you also need to write down the things you need to do to achieve them.
Reduce Procrastination – The longer you wait or the more you put off the things you need to get done, the more difficult it will be to get it done. I am the biggest procrastinater you have ever me. In fact I thrive under extreme pressure. But I realize it takes a whole lot of energy. I have come to the realization that if you can do the task today . Get it done today and move on tot the next task. As a procrastinator I need to write down the things I need to get done. I also need to write down when to do it and what I will need to do it.
Give Everything a Home- It is easy to lose things if you are forgetful like myself. I hate losing things and I hate looking for things equally. Creating a home for, labeling spaces, and keeping things in its proper place will definitely keep things organized. For example, keeping all keys in one place, or all belts on a belt hanger or all hats in a space designed only for hats, etc helps to create order. in ones life.