Our contributor, Arin Agase, offers her tips and tricks for adopting a more organized lifestyle. Make these creative changes now to improve your mental capacity and overall health!
We all know that one person who’s effortlessly organized. They’re punctual, attentive and tidy. Oh, and their idea of heaven-on-earth is The Container Store! While some people are more organized than others, organization should play a large role in all our day-to-day lives because it leads to improved work performance, more mental energy and control. The good news is that anyone can be (or become) an organized person. Today, we’re sharing the habits of highly organized people so that you can join the movement, too! Your life is about to change for the better, so let’s jump in.
- They never leave anything unfinished: Don’t leave any task half-done. Leaving unfinished business is the root of a disorganized person, and that’s a no-no. Side note: I’m so guilty of this one! It’s why I’ve learned to keep my iPhone in the other room while I’m working in order to establish a distraction-free zone.
- They plan ahead: Your planner isn’t just for show—who knew!? Make sure you’re planning a day or two ahead so you know what to expect. Perhaps you may need to wake up a tad earlier if that to-do list is extra long. This will save some sanity, promise!
- They aren’t perfectionists: Not everything is going to be perfect, and sometimes ‘good enough’ really is good enough to get you by.
- They set reminders: The alarm is your BFF. Set alarms to accomplish tasks on time and to help you stay on track, even if this involves eating lunch, which brings us to the next task!
- They stay nourished: You need food in order to stay energized and focused. What would you do without energy? Not much! Make sure you’re eating foods that’ll kick that energy up a notch.
- They ask for help: Organized people know their strengths and weaknesses, and delegate accordingly. They realize that their time is more valuable than trying to figure out every little thing. Perfectionists may not be comfortable letting anyone else share the driver’s seat, but support most definitely goes a long way in managing stress and staying on top of goals and schedules. You’ve got to give a little to get a little.
- They take care of themselves: Taking a few moments to yourself throughout the day is very important. Whether it’s a 10-minute meditation break or a long sweat sesh at the gym, they make time for personal health and goal-reaching.
- They despise clutter: Yup, those piles on your desk have got to go. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Instead of letting papers pile on your desk, try sorting them out immediately. Easier said than done, but it’s most definitely possible. Practice makes perfect, after all, so if you struggle with this, try setting a weekly alarm to go through those piles. It’ll boost your productivity immediately.
- They prioritize the day: Making to-do lists and crossing items off—there’s no better feeling, right?! Spend a few minutes each morning prioritizing that list. We recommend putting your most difficult tasks at the top, as typically you have the most energy at the beginning of the day.
- They have a routine: Highly organized people have morning and nighttime routines. They block out certain times of day for emails, meetings, tasks, etc. Soon, this will become second nature and you won’t even have to think about it!
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