The topic of today is about organisation and I`ll be looking at how to organise your life more effectively. It may come as a surprise to many people that mastering the technique of being well organised is a skill that takes both time and effort.
With a new decade fast approaching, there`s going to be lots of you out there that will be thinking of various ways to elevate your organisational skills. Perhaps you`re only at the base level and don`t know where to start?
This post will be identifying a number of strategies that can be applied immediately to achieve more effective organisation skills and you don`t need to wait until the New Year to get started…
So whether it’s honing in on new habits or investing in a new planner, organisation is almost always needed to be able to live a more productive and stress free life.
If you are somebody who is seeking to acquire better organisation skills and enter 2020 with a firm grasp on what needs to be done, then consider the following top 10 tips that will help you develop positive habits and create better structure in your life.
1. Setting a Goal
Being able to set goals for yourself is the first step to becoming more organised. By creating your own set of priorities, you`re not including things that don`t serve you well. This will attract positive energy and increase your chances of success.
The key here is to start with small, achievable goals as opposed to much larger and potentially unattainable ones. Implementing this strategy will certainly help you from feeling overwhelmed and in turn allow you to celebrate small victories.
2. Holding Yourself Accountable
It’s easy to put your passion project on hold or miss a gym session when there aren’t any real consequences to your actions. Instead of leaving your progress to chance yet again, nothing will change unless you begin to hold yourself accountable.
If you follow through with what you initially set out to do then significant changes will start to take place. Seeing positive results will encourage you to stick to your schedule and stay organised.
3. Reward Yourself
In order to meet the goals you have set and stay motivated, you have to reward yourself. Give yourself permission to celebrate the small wins, even if they are just the tiniest of victories. Reward yourself with self-care “treats” as you reach each goal. This will keep focused on the end game and motivate you to continue.
4. Set Alarms
One good method of staying accountable to being more organised and getting through your to-do list is to set alarms. It doesn`t matter how you do it, whether it’s on your phone or setting a traditional alarm clock, this will help you stay on track.
Set your schedules, deadlines and other information you know can be taken care of when you get these little reminders.
5. Invest In a Planner
Are you aware just how much Planners have become all the rage recently? There are countless ways planners can be used and people are using them as scrapbooks, journals and much more.
Investing in a good planner is one of the best ways you can organise your life and it`s highly recommended to get access to one as soon as possible.
The benefits of having a planner is it will give you a visual of what you need to accomplish. Take time to write down your feelings, create monthly vision boards and keep track of your events.
Mastering the skill of acknowledging your responsibilities on paper or in the form of a planner will give you clarity that is hard to replicate.
Many of us are guilty of this. Trying to stay organised in a cluttered space is counterproductive. One sure way of creating additional stress in your life is trying to live and work in a cluttered environment. It can actually bring about more stress than you initially intended.
Start this new decade the right way and make a real effort to clean out any form of clutter that prevents you being more organised.
For example, discard any old clothes in your possession and throw away any items of junk that’s holding you back. By doing this you will be improving your mental strength and establishing a path to better organisation..
7. Creating Goals Each Month
Every month provides new opportunities. If you adopt this attitude then take advantage of this gift by setting goals you can meet. If you observed that you struggled with productivity last month, then make it a priority for this month.
Illustrate your monthly goals by creating vision boards, you may find this technique helps alot. It will also help you to stay in the zone in the coming months ahead.
8. Practice Saying No
Distractions can be one of the biggest obstacles to overcome when you`re trying to adhere to the schedule you`ve created. Getting involved in other tasks, often unproductive, can deviate you away from the important things you need to be doing.
For example, Thursday evenings are your designated gym days, but your friends want you to go out for drinks with them after work. You have said yes for the last few weeks, but you know you should be sticking to your own plan and it’s impacting your mental health.
So what do you do? You are going to have to learn the art of saying no! Begin by learning how to put yourself first and foremost, this involves being a little selfish at times and may come hard to you at first.
However, if you want to become more organised in life then these distractions, whether positive or negative, can throw you off of your schedule and hinder any progress you have been making. Ultimately, you will begin to feel disorganised again and more anxious.
Do yourself a big favour here and learn how to say no and not feel guilty about it.
9. Waking Up Earlier
Make a challenge to yourself and wake up 15-30 minutes earlier each day. By doing this you will be simply amazed at how much you can accomplish in just that short period. These added minutes first thing will enable you to get any chores that need to be done sooner and free your mind to approach the day with a fresh and clear mind.
10. Prepare The Next Day The Night Before
Another common issue regarding being unorganised is the fact people are quite simply unprepared for things. To avoid any unnecessary stress and panic the following day, it`s always best to alleviate rushing around by preparing for your day the night before.
Decide what you want to wear and lay your clothes out, pack yourself an adequate and healthy lunch and put it in the fridge. You can quickly grab it the following morning without thinking about what you are going to eat, or worse still, going without anything.
If you have kids, prepare their uniforms and school bags the night before, this can be a huge time saver. You can look at your planner whilst in bed and take note of what you need to get done the following day, make notes if you have to.
Applying these new found habits and adopting this type of mindset will make your morning routine seamless and much more enjoyable.
Learning how to be better organised in life is definitely a challenge, but a rewarding one. Make your new decade, 2020 your best year yet by implementing these 10 helpful tips.
Once they become a part of your routine, you have created skills that will vastly improve the way you structure your life and being more organised will be a gift you will be truly thankful for.
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