Life is chaotic, and stressful at times. It’s hard to stay up to date with everyone, and everything. There’s so much going on, that you just focus on what you have to do. Cleaning up after yourself, and reorganizing is easily forgotten. Being organized is essential.
However, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. Also, having everything in a place, and remaining in it, is an ephemeral, short-lived sensation. Keeping on top of things and staying sane could be stressful.
Here are some tips that will help to keep you organized, and sane.
Prioritize & Schedule
What is really important, something that must get done? You have to prioritize- an overlooked, but essential life skill. You can’t do it all at once. Prioritizing also makes you, ironically, more flexible.
If you know what needs to happen, what needs to get done, and when and how, you can reorganize smaller, less significant things in your life.
Once you’ve prioritized, you need to schedule. Know when and how long something will take, give yourself time. If you rush through life you’ll miss out on so much. And when you do something, do it well.
A schedule also keeps you accountable and is more enforceable than just feeling like you should do something at this time. Personally and inter-personally, a schedule eliminates a lot of unnecessary nonsense.
It’s also a good idea to allow extra time, just in case.
People are great at acquiring junk, literal and metaphorical. Do you need so much stuff going on in your life? You can’t ditch work and/or school, but you can diminish your more frivolous activities.
Don’t always have to be out and about doing something, or think you need 10 pairs of shoes. Children don’t need 10 different toys. Humans have lived with much less for thousands of years.
You will miss some of your things, and out on things. But there’s a silver lining. When you take at least one thing off your plate, a server could come through a newly opened door with a better option.
There are times when it’s important for people to be on the same page. It’s the best way to minimalize conflict and misinformation. It’s also efficient if Timmy needs to be at soccer practice at 9 A.M., but you don’t tell him, Timmy will make other plans.
Timmy will be upset because he has to cancel them to go to surprise soccer practice now. And not trust you, and resent you. That is not good. Communication has saved people worlds of hurt.
You can’t do it all or have it all either. Especially by yourself. It’s okay to ask for help. Everyone needs back up. You’re not a honey badger, you can’t take on a pride of lions by yourself.
Others will help you. You can hire a professional organizer to organize for you. Or an assistant, it’s not embarrassing. You have a busy life.
You have to stop and breathe. Things won’t go exactly as planned. But you will work things out, you’ve done it before. It is possible.
You’re not alone either, people will help you, just ask. When your plans change it’s not always bad. You’re not clairvoyant, you need to have faith.
Penicillin was an unplanned, accidental discovery. It has saved so many lives. You never know when your Penicillin could be coming around the corner.
Staying organized and sane is trickier than it sounds. Life, the universe, and people will protest it. Your ducks may not be in a row now. But with enough time and effort, you could have some beautiful swans in a row.