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Quick, Easy Ways to Get Organized

2011 February 17

Organization. It keeps our lives running to smoothly, and yet how often we neglect it. Whether it is in the home or in the office, it is so easy to fall behind of your organizing. This leads to more than frustration; it also leads to wasted time, as you try and rush through the mess you have all around you. But it can also have another serious affect on your mood and your stress level. This is never a good thing, and you will quickly begin to suffer for it.

When you take the time to keep yourself organized you will save yourself a lot of grief. But in the state you are in you might be a little overwhelmed. Where do you start? How do you keep up with it? What can you do to get motivated to begin? There are a few steps that can get you there fast and easy, with as little fuss as possible. They can also help you to stick with it.

Change Little Things

The first thing to do is to resist the urge to make huge leaps straight out. We all want to jump into our new lifestyles, but when we do we burn out quickly and things just go back to the way we were until we try again. This won’t do you any good, so instead just make small changes in the beginning, then slowly add in more as you go.

For example, if you find yourself always scrambling at work make a small organizational change by straightening your desk twice a day, once in the afternoon and once before you leave. This will make it easier to find what you need and help provide a little strike against the chaos. Once you have that down for a few weeks, start organizing your names, numbers and business info, creating a system that will make it easier to track down customers or coworkers.

With your home, make a chore chart for you and everyone in your family. Make sure everyone gets in the habit of checking and maintaining their chore every day. This will have a huge effect very quickly, but it is a small gesture.

Create a Plan

Once you have those little things down, take some time to create a larger plan for integrating these changes into a bigger system for your life. Pull them all together into one large routine for work, home and your personal life. Make it orderly and try to eliminate some of the sloppy odds and ends that tend to through you off.

It is important that your new system is easy to apply, maintain and change. Don’t be a slave to your plan; instead, adapt it as needed to even start all over if you find it is no longer working for you. Make sure not to make it too complex, or you won’t be able to properly put it into play for a long period of time.

Stick With Your Plan

Get in the habit of banning procrastination. How many times have you put something off and ended up losing interest? If you fail to do what you plan you will find it much easier to fall off the wagon and go back to your old ways. No one wants that. You need to stick with your system, forcing yourself if necessary until it becomes second nature. Eventually it will seem as natural as breathing. You just have to get through the first hump.

Quick Tips for Gaining Back an Hour Per Day

  • Wake up an hour early. Yeah, I know it sounds cliché. But setting the alarm for just an hour earlier than normal can give you plenty of time to workout, read the paper, get organized for the day or just ease into the rest of the morning. This will do wonders for your schedule, and will allow you to do what you need or want to while you are still fresh enough to enjoy it.
  • Stay offline. You know you do it: you are in the middle of a project and you find your mind wandering to a comment you made on Facebook. You end up pausing to hop on your profile to see if anyone has said anything. This also includes email, blogs, humor sites, news sources, YouTube…you name it, and it exists to waste your time. Resolve not to do anything until you have finished, and you will save a lot of hours.
  • Get the crucial stuff done first. Organize your priorities, making sure to get what you have to done before anything else. This includes more difficult opportunities, which might seem more taxing when you are tired at the end of the day.
  • Don’t text. It isn’t just teenagers who can send hundreds of texts or more per month. Many of us responsible adults are just as guilty. Try shutting off your phone for an hour or two per day to resist the temptation.
  • Don’t overwork yourself. One of the most common reasons for slowing down is burn out. If you have finished your work, don’t play catch up on other work. Leave early, relax and do something else. If you don’t finish your work but nothing is immediately crucial, leave it for another day.

Organizing your time and tasks will go a long way to making your home and workspace happier places. It will also improve your sense of well being, which can have positive affects on your stress levels, health and even the way you interact with others. Work at minimizing the chaos in your life, and live better.

This is a guest post by Kate Snow of HomeLoanFinder, the best free Australian-based tool that allows to easily compare home loan interest rates. If you are not from Australia, consider downloading and going through The Guide to Finding the Right Home Loan by HomeLoanFinder.com.au

And also more tips on getting organized from ViralMom:

cc licensed flickr photo shared by Uwe Hermann

5 Responses leave one →
  1. September 21, 2011

    You know,
    This STAY OFFLINE tip is the most Imp for a person like me…
    I really need to implement it to get my goal…
    I will do it from today… thanks… Thank you verymuch…

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