5 Ways to Get Your Life Organized

by Kim Myles

March 21st, 2022

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Practice Mindfulness

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” Mahatma Gandhi

What you choose to focus on is very important. There are many productive and not so useful things to invest your energy. Productive ideas can enhance your quality of life. Whereas negative thoughts aren’t useful because they can distract you from your goals. The key to developing your organizational skills depends on your ability to focus on your tasks or goals with consistency.

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Training your mind can help you control where it goes. Meditation, mental exercises, mantras, affirmations are a few ways to direct your mind. Research from the American Psychological Association has found individuals who practice mindfulness meditation can suppress distracting information and have higher attentional functioning than those who don’t.  

Overall, your mind is the way to maintaining order and balance in your life. Tuning out or turning off unnecessary chatter promotes higher productivity.

Get a Planner/Organizer

While it is not possible to plan for every occasion, there are events in your life which take place on a recurring basis (daily, weekly, monthly, annually). A planner will help to prepare you for upcoming situations. Consider what events are occurring in your immediate future which requires your attention. After you get a handle on your short-term schedule, branch out from there in monthly increments.

A planner or organizer is a good way to keep track of events in your life, so things are less likely to sneak up on you. Think of planners as a visual map of your time. Here are a few items you should keep in your planner:

· Appointments

· Bills Paid/Due

· Birthdays

· Contract Dates

· Social Events

· Subscription End/Renewal Dates

· Work/School Activities (Meeting, Exams, etc.)

A planner can also help you by keeping your brain focus on its other mandatory functions while it records the details of your daily life.

Maintain Your Space

Your outer environment reflects your inner. Bringing harmony, or at least order, to your immediate surroundings is beneficial to your wellness. Clutter, disarray, or, in extreme cases, hoarding may be physical manifestations of deeper emotional or physiological issues.

“Self-extension tendencies regarding possessions (a person’s need to self-identify with their material possessions), and place attachment (how emotionally dependent a person is on their physical location) had a positive relationship with psychological home (a person’s desire to self-identify with their home and physical environment), while clutter had a negative influence on psychological home and sense of well-being.”

Dr. Joseph R. Ferraril, DePaul University
The Negative Side of Office Clutter: Impact on Work-Related Well-Being and Job Satisfaction

Nuisances which can take up your time, patience, and energy, like looking for items in disorganized spaces, are simply remedied. Depending on the space, office or home, get rid of items you don’t need or have a purpose for. Categorize your items into groups, like clothes, tools, toys, paperwork, etc. It’s simpler to set smaller goals instead of trying to tackle the project as a whole.

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Think of it this way: it may cost you time, effort, or potential health effects in the long run if you let your physical environment get too disorderly. 

Prioritize

Most people have long to-do lists they rarely end up completing. The problem with lists is they can go on and on. To fix this, identify what areas in your life demand the most urgency. Then create your to-do list in two categories: priority and non-priority. The best way to achieve optimum performance is by not spreading yourself too thin.

Making you a priority is also crucial to being an organized individual. Your self-care is necessary to complete your tasks. In addition, proper diet and rest aids clear-thinking. It helps to make mindful choices about deciding how you need to organize your energy and resources for the best outcomes.

Keep a Schedule

Time is many things for people, for example, money, energy, of the essence, etc. You may have many goals you need to complete, which time could affect as well. Allotting your time is useful because it compels your mind to focus on the task at hand. Maintaining a schedule is crucial to better organization. Your preparedness depends on it.

There are a few activities you can practice that bring more order into your life:      

· Keep the same bedtime.

· Pre-plan and prep meal/schedule mealtimes

· Maintain an exercise regiment

· Take inventory of your life periodically (goals, dreams, tasks, health, etc.)

To sum it up, leaving things in the wind may cause stagnation or limit your availability to seize opportunities. Your organization skills contribute to your overall self-development. Maintaining consistency with these practices not only improves your overall functionality, they can assist you in making better life-management decisions.

What are some things that help you get organized?

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