One thing about me that people often point out is that I am a very organised person when it comes to everyday life. This comes from a perfectionist side to me. I like get things done in good time. Here are some of my tips for how to be more organised.
Write Things Down/Set Goals
Grocery list, someone’s birthday, doctors appointment or even a trip to the post office – write everything down and tick them off as you go along! Set yourself weekly goals. Every Sunday, I open up my weekly planner app on my phone and write everything I need to do in the coming week, Monday to Sunday. A weekly to-do-list. Honestly speaking, I would feel completely lost without a to-do-list. I need to visually see what I have coming up and what needs to get done each day. This prepares me for the week ahead and mentally motivates me to complete those tasks, in which I go ahead and do. Writing things down is a must if you want to be more organised.
Clean As You Go
Whenever I do something, be it studying, cooking etc…I do not wait until I finish to tidy my mess. I like to clean as I go, meaning working yet keeping things the way they are or putting them back neatly before the whole task is finished. That makes life easier and I do not have to tidy anything at the end. Always try to not to make a mess. If that is unavoidable, clean it up as soon as possible.
Put Things In Order
Colour coded, chronological, brand type, product type etc… I find that if you organise your personal stuff in order, it makes it easier for me to find things when I need it and therefore no time is wasted.
Get Rid Of Unwanted Things
I had a habit of keeping things just for the sake of it, even if I did not even need them anymore. Now I always try to get rid of anything that just takes up space. Get rid of unnecessary junk in your home, room etc… If there is a piece of clothing you do not wear anymore, put it up for sale on ebay or just simply give it to charity. If you have a camera that does not work anymore, throw it in the bin. It will only just take up space. Old bank statements, letters etc… get a shredder and shred them all. What use would it be if you keep it?
Make Things A Habit
I wake up at 6am everyday because it is a habit. I work out everyday because it is a habit and I am motivated to do these things because they have become a habit. Making things a habit cannot just happen overnight. If you want to make a positive change to your life, start slowly. For example, if you want to wake up at 6am to work out but have never done so before, you will only set yourself up for failure. Instead, go to bed earlier and have an intention in your head to wake up early to work out. Set your alarm 15 minutes before your work out time and see what happens. Do not beat yourself up if you cannot do it. You have to give yourself realistic actions and then slowly implement them. Change takes time.