Organization is a skill that takes time and effort. With the New Year quickly approaching, many are thinking of ways to elevate their organizational skills. Whether it’s investing in a new planner or honing in on new habits, organization is needed to live an effective life. If you’re looking to enhance your organizational skills and get a firm grasp on the New Year, consider these 10 tips that will help you get your life together and develop positive habits.
Set a Goal
Goal setting is the first step to getting organized. By creating your own set of priorities, you’re eliminating what doesn’t serve you and welcoming positive energy.
The trick here is to start with small, attainable goals as opposed to one major one. This will help you eliminate feeling overwhelmed and allow you to celebrate small victories.
2. Hold Yourself Accountable
It’s easy to miss the gym or slack off on your passion project when there aren’t any real consequences to your actions. Instead of leaving your progress up to chance, hold yourself accountable to do what you set out to do. This will help you to stick to your schedule and stay organized.
3. Reward Yourself
In order to meet your goals and stay motivated, you have to reward yourself. Celebrate even the smallest of victories and reward yourself with self-care “treats” when you meet your goals. This will keep you excited about your goals and tempted to continue.
4. Set Alarms
One of the best ways to stay on top of your to-do list is to set alarms. Whether it’s on your phone or setting traditional alarm clocks, having that little reminder will help you stay on track. Set your bill schedule, deadlines and other important information so you can always stay in check.
5. Invest In a Planner
Planners have become all the rage. People use them as scrapbooks, journals and more. Keep your life organized by investing in a good planner. This will give you a visual of what you need to accomplish. You can write out your feelings, create monthly vision boards and keep track of your events. Writing out your responsibilities will give you clarity that’s unmatched.
“One of the biggest lies I tell myself is, I don’t need to write that down…I’ll remember it.” – Anonymous
Trying to stay organized in a cluttered space is counterproductive. In fact, it can bring about more stress than you initially intended. Start this New Year off right by cleaning out all forms of clutter you may have.
Throw away old clothes, items and junk that’s simply holding you back. This will help you develop your mental strength and stay organized.
7. Create a Monthly Goal
Each month provides an opportunity for a new start. Take advantage of this gift by setting smart and attainable goals. If you find that you struggled with productivity last month, make that a priority this month. It even helps to create vision boards with your monthly goals illustrated on them. This will help you to stay on track in the coming months.
8. Practice Saying No
One of the biggest hurdles encountered when trying to stick to your personal schedule is getting caught up in other tasks. For example, Wednesdays are your designated gym days. However, your friends want to go out for drinks after work on Wednesday night. You haven’t been sticking to your schedule and it’s impacting your mental health.
What do you do? Well, start by learning how to put yourself first and say no. Distractions, whether positive or negative, can throw you off schedule. This can make you feel disorganized and anxious. Learn how to say no and not feel guilty about it.
9. Wake up Earlier
Challenge yourself to wake up 15-30 minutes earlier each day; you’ll be amazed at how much more you will accomplish. The additional 15-30 minutes will give you the opportunity to get to your to-do list and start the day with a fresh mind.
10. Prepare the Night Before
We’ve all been there, rushing to get everything together in the morning, while still trying to make appointments on time. The best way to alleviate those rushed feelings is to prepare for your day… the night before. Lay your clothes out, pack your lunch and get your items ready before bed. This will make your morning routine seamless and enjoyable.
Getting organized is definitely a challenge, but a fulfilling one.
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