Becoming organized is not an easy thing to do. We get caught up in our daily routines and forget to step back and evaluate how we manage our time. While it takes some time to get used to being structurally organized and focused, it makes our lives easier. Being organization is not a skill that can be achieved overnight, or even over a week’s time. Staying organized takes effort, but the payoff is rewarding enough to put in the time to form key organizational skills. Below are six fundamental ways to begin on the road to organizing our lives.
Write Everything Down
Whether it is with the use of a planner or notebook, writing things down will help to remember things externally. Going through the motion of physically writing enables our brain to remember the idea instead of relying on our memories. This is particularly the case when keeping birthdays and holidays in our minds amidst our busy schedules.
Give Everything A Place Of Its Own
Since most of our time is spent in our homes, it is essential that our houses be organized as well. Make a particular closet for cleaning supplies, or a drawer for the coffee maker. Having a place to return our things to after using them encourages keeping the house clean and organized. As a plus, living in a place that is clean and organized helps us think clearly. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Donate or Sell
Often our closets and drawers are filled to the brim with things we wanted at one point. Go through the clothes that don’t fit anymore and the books that we don’t read. Look for outlets to give them good homes, like Goodwill. We can also turn to online retailers and try to sell some of our unused things.
Simplify the Morning Routine
Since mornings are rough for all of us, pick out tomorrow’s outfit the night before. Have your typical breakfast in mind, and set the alarm to ensure ample time in the morning. As a precaution, place your already-packed briefcase/purse/backpack by the door; this will reduce the chance of frantic scrambling.
Wear A Watch
Not only fashionable, but also a watch can be a practical addition to our daily lives. Many people use their phones to keep track of time, but they often get distracted by the digital world. Having a timepiece on our wrists, that isn’t connected to social media, allows a consistent source of time. It also serves as a reminder to be on time because every time we see our hands, we’re reminded of the time.
Making Time for Ourselves
This may seem obvious, but often we are so enthralled with our lives we forget about ourselves. Making time during the day for ourselves guarantees that we still have our sanity as a priority.
As a civilization, organization is of utmost importance to our survival. It helps with creating balance and security in a world filled with endless question marks. Organization is a skill that is slowly mastered; yet with these six key techniques, we can be off to a great start.