If you are like most people, you can use some tips on how to be organized.
With only 24 hours to do 72 hours’ worth of work, chores and errands, how does anyone get anything done these days? The answer is simpler than you may think: By going back to basics and being a bit more organized. In doing so, you’ll not only get things done, but you’ll probably find that you have less stress and more discretionary time.
How to be organized and Reduce Stress.
How to be organized Tip #1:
Plan around priorities
When I say this phrase to clients, they often look at me like I’m insane. One woman said to me, “If everything is a priority, then what?” The key is to decide your priorities – not your priorities as defined by outside forces.
Define 3 -5 priorities and then plan your time around them. For instance, if family, work, and taking better care of yourself are top priorities, literally block out time on a calendar for activities that focus on these areas so you can plan around them. Everything else will be less of a distraction and your priorities become your focus. You’ll likely find that this is a very fulfilling and much more relaxing way to live your life.
How to be organized Tip #2:
Everything has a place,
and there’s a place for every thing
The #1 way to reduce clutter in our homes is to put things away whenever they aren’t in use. In order to do that, though, each thing needs a home of its own.
I find that most of the people I work with on this issue don’t know what to do with the everyday items that come and go from their homes. The best way to address these items is to have a simple yet consistent system for storing and accessing them.
- Process all incoming mail immediately. It either a.) Goes in a folder (or other location) for items that need to be addressed within the next two weeks, such as bills, b.) Gets filed in another specific location, or c.) Goes in the recycling.
- Have a designated place for storing personal items such as shoes and backpacks, whether in the hall closet, in each individual’s bedroom or in a shoe tree hung in the garage (which can double as handy storage cubicles).
You can then apply this system to almost everything in your home to reduce clutter and stress.
How to be organized Tip #3:
Clean as you go
If a mess isn’t made in the first place, there’s nothing to clean – and no “mess stress”. Clean as you go and messes or housecleaning chores are rarely unmanageable.
Some quick, every day tips:
- Wipe down bathroom counters and the sink after brushing your teeth.
- Gather items that need to go upstairs and carry them to their destination on your way.
- Start a load of laundry in the morning before work and throw it in the dryer when you get home to keep laundry from piling up.
- Do dishes right after using them.
How to be organized Tip #4:
Make lists – in one place
With our busy lives, it’s easy to forget errands or items we need to purchase. To simplify and streamline your life, make lists in one place. I recommend either an online list that you can access from your smartphone or a small, multi-subject notebook that’s easy to carry. Segment your lists by type such as “to do”, “to buy”, “ideas” or “grocery store”, “kids”, “house”. This simple act will take the pressure off of you to remember everything, reducing your stress and making you more effective day-to-day.
Catherine Mason is a writer, former educator, and someone who has multiple food allergies. As Tribe Leader & Chief Wellness Coach at www.mydietribe.com, she helps people identify, assimilate and maintain sustainable health and wellness practices in their everyday lives, with a focus on physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and financial wellness. Catherine may be contacted at email@example.com, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@mydietribe).
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