It’s difficult to be successful or achieve your goals if you are unorganized. It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t desire to become more organized.
If you’ve ever wanted to be more organized, here are five simple steps that can help you today!
1. Learn To Delegate Tasks
More often than not, the reason why you seem disorganized has nothing to do with you being lazy or unable to manage your to do list. The real problem could lie in the fact that you have a to-do list as long as the River Nile and that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never get that list completed.
A lot of people appear disorganized because they are trying to do too much by themselves. Go through your to do list and see if there’s anything you can delegate. It’s always okay to ask for help. If you cannot get it done by yourself, you could pay someone to help you get it done or ask a friend to please chip in some support.
If you are unable to get any help, try reducing the things you have to do. You can categorize all your tasks in order of priority and place those with less priority in a list of things you can do at a time when your tray isn’t as full.
It’s important to be totally honest with yourself. Could one person possibly do all you do without burning out? If you have too much on your plate, learn to delegate tasks otherwise you’ll stretch yourself thin. This results in having to do a lot of things at the same time. It will be difficult to keep up and you’ll end up disorganized whilst pulling your hair out of your head.
2. Plan Ahead
One way to be organized is to plan ahead. Take a sheet of paper and write down all the things you need to do the next day. Once that is done, note the three most important tasks you must accomplish and think of ways to ensure you accomplish them. The same applies to projects and work or lifestyle in general. Even though life never really goes as planned,when you plan ahead, you can spot loopholes and become better prepared.
It’s often said that to fail to plan is to plan to fail. If you want to be more organized, draft a plan. It keeps you in check and ensures that you are conscious of what needs to be done at every moment.
3. Keep Everything In Its Place
One way to spot someone who is unorganized, apart from the fact that they always seem flustered and unprepared is the fact that they are always losing something or misplacing it. If you’ve ever needed something so badly and misplaced it during an emergency, you will testify about how essential it is to keep things in their place.
Create a specific place for everything essential to you. This includes files, documents, pens or household items like cups and plates. Once you take them out for use, return them back to their specific place no matter how tired or lazy you may be. It saves you a lot of time and hassle that could be spent looking for certain things.
Knowing where everything is kept makes you organized and simplifies your life to a large extent.
4. Develop A System
Different systems work for different people. Developing a system is like finding a route to a new place. On your first time there, you usually have to ask several questions, you might be flustered if the locality is entirely new and you might also be worried about getting lost. You might crazily be checking google maps or calling for directions. However,once a route is established, you can go there over and over again without hassle.
Working without systems is like going somewhere for the first time, every time you try to do the same thing. Develop a system for everything. For managing your daily life you could opt to place things in a list or opt for placing them in quadrants that are tagged ( Urgent, Important, Not so important,etc). You could even opt to plan a weekly list that states the things you have to do for each day of the week. Find out how long it takes you to complete routine tasks. This would help with your planning.
In managing your work, you could opt for developing a routine. This could be something as simple as taking a cup of coffee before opening your laptop. Or writing down all the major parts of the projects before you start. You could choose to break major parts into small parts and do one thing at a time.
The key thing is developing a system that works for you. Using a system that works for you ensures that you can repeatedly thread that route with ease and confidence rather than seeming confused and disorganized.
5. Stop Procrastinating
Procrastinating on tasks simply increases your to-do list and makes your life filled with stress. Do what has to be done today, today. Sometimes, your excuse for procrastinating might be that you feel tired and it’s easy to push tasks to some later time. That’s why it’s crucial to determine if you have too much on your plate. Other times it might just be the feeling of not wanting to do the tasks at hand.
The cure for this is to start. Once you’ve started, consider doing the tasks for the first twenty minutes and even if you do eventually give up, you would have already started.
Procrastinating doesn’t take the task away. It just makes your life more stressful. It’s better to get it done as soon as possible so you have less to do and your life becomes more organized and stress free.
There are a ton of ways to become better organized. These include decluttering your life at regular intervals and resisting the urge to multitask as much as possible. However,if you really want to be more organized, delegate tasks and free up your time. Learn to plan ahead and develop systems for getting things done. It’s also key to create a home for everything so you never have to go through the struggle of endlessly looking for things.
One crucial step is to resist procrastination. Procrastination only elongates your task list and leaves you disorganized. Get things done as soon as they need to be done. Just start.
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Have a better organized life!