One of the most common questions I receive is,
“What habits help you stay organized on a daily basis?”
My answer is very simple. I have developed and mastered about five habits that I use every day to help me live a more uplifting, energized, and organized life. Let’s start with these five simple habits:
1. Planning daily tasks and priorities with a system.
My system is list making. Every single task has it’s own list on my iPhone “Reminders” application. It’s free, simple to use, and very effective. I’ll make lists for everything including, groceries, projects to work on, article ideas, and even areas of the house that need to be cleaned or organized. Any errands I need to run also have a place on my list, including vehicle care or pending fixes that I need to call my apartment maintenance for. When I’m ready to complete a specific task, I move it to my “Grateful for Today,” list.
Lists may not be a system that works for everyone, but it’s something that helps me keep track of any large or minuscule activities that hold importance. Find a system that works for you, whether this may be a white board where you place your post it note “to dos” or simply a small binder/planner. Once you find your system, stick to it.
Ultimately as humans, we live in a highly sociable, dynamic, and busy world. Therefore, it may often seem that our every minute, hour, and day is filled with something “we should be doing, ” but please…
Keep your sanity, find a system, and space out your “to dos” so that they are manageable.
2. Having routines.
Generally, highly organized people have a good sense of an efficient routine that works for them. For me, I am in the process of finally finalizing my morning routine. Routines give a good sense of direction and accomplishment. It also takes away the unknown and provides discipline and structure. Mornings, I feel, are the best time to have a routine so that it can lead to a more successful and productive day.
For me, I try to wake up at the same time, eat breakfast, meditate, listen to relaxing music, and shower as soon as I wake up with the same exact order every day. Of course, there will be days where your routine is altered due to an unforeseeable circumstance, but it’s still a positive goal to aim for. Some people have night routines, work routines, exercise/gym routines, or even sleep routines.
Find the type of routine that works for you and try to follow it daily as much as possible. You can have more than one routine of course, but it just depends on what works for you as an individual.
Remember, a routine that works for you should leave you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, and productive.
If there is a routine in your life that is causing you feelings of anxiety, stress, or dysfunction, it may be valuable to do some introspection on that specific routine to find out why it’s not working and how it can be improved to fit your lifestyle.
3. Keeping spaces decluttered.
I am such a firm believer that uncluttering your spaces can lead to physical, mental, and emotional clarity. How you ask? When your spaces are busy and dysfunctional, filled with “stuff,” it can actually cause additional stress when you need to complete a task. It also may bring forth negative emotions, especially when you have items in your home that do not serve a purpose, are not pleasing to the eye, provoke negative emotional stimuli or broken items that need fixing. Just recently, I started a thorough decluttering project in my own home where I literally went through every room to find what was:
- Extra or duplicate
- Old and no longer fit my lifestyle
I felt so relieved afterwards! It felt that I had literally detoxed my spaces.
I now look at my drawers, cabinets, rooms and feel a sense of calmness and serenity; knowing that my home only contains items that evoke a sense of love and fulfillment really brings me joy. I let go of any items I was keeping due to obligation or any contemplation of, “Well, what if I need this one day?” Chances are, if you haven’t used a specific item in over one year, you probably won’t use it (this applies to clothing as well!).
4. Being clean.
This one is pretty easy to grasp! Organized people tend to usually be clean. It’s easy: do your dishes, keep up with your laundry, and try to wipe down your countertops with vinegar from time to time.
Don’t aim for perfection, but try to take 10 minutes every day for maintenance cleaning of your spaces and yourself!
5. Not letting things pile up.
Life get’s busy, it’s understandable, but organized people usually stay on top of their lists and tasks. If you don’t have time to complete a certain task at that very moment, get in the habit of at least putting it on your schedule. This way, it already makes you feel better knowing that you have at least a plan set in motion to complete the task. Scheduling and planning can really diminish a lot of stress for most people, even if they can’t get a certain project done right away.
Remember, that it’s completely okay to not have everything on your lists or systems completed at all times. It’s okay to be human and space out your tasks and obligations so that they are at a manageable and realistic frequency that fits your lifestyle.
Take breaks and rest for your emotional and psychological well-being and complete your daily tasks at a schedule that feels comfortable, flexible, and emotionally positive to you.
Schedule in time to do things you love, whether this may be taking a walk in nature, putting away your gizmos and gadgets for even 30 minutes, or drinking a hot cup of tea.
Hope these habits helped! Post your comments below and please let me know how your habits are progressing!