I don’t know about you, but literally my mind is always all over the place. One second I’m on top of the world, then I enter a state of panic and it feels like everything around is ending. It’s so dramatic I can’t even deal sometimes. It leaves me mentally exhausted. Organizing stuff I simply don’t find it fun and honestly I dread the task, so I would push it aside—a big no-no if you crave a peaceful mind and need to get stuff done. Trial and error played a huge factor in finding the right formula for myself and I’m going to share 7 of my own fabulous secret tips that help me keep my life in order…most of the time.
As my boyfriend always says, If I am going to do something it has to be on my terms only or I won't do it. With these tips and tricks I was able to get organized on my terms!
Why Organizing Is Important And Shouldn’t Be Overlooked
Before I share my tips and tricks let’s dive into the importance of organization in all areas of your life.
Clarity of the mind—when your head isn’t spinning about what needs to get done or dealing with racing thoughts of what didn’t get finished the anxiety that triggers an overwhelming sensation disappear clearing a place of peace for relaxation within your head.
More time to yourself—some of us don’t even realize how much time we waste doing stupid stuff or thinking about nonsense. One reason why my only New Years Resolution this year is spending my time more wisely. Without structure in reality you will stay running in circles. When you have a set vision for typical life stuff or anything within your life the time for yourself becomes open, allowing you to focus on things that make you happy and gives you enjoyment without any nagging thoughts! Like let’s binge our favorite shows without dealing with life, duh! By the way I’m currently obsessed with Gotham incase anyone was wondering.
Complete goals faster—laying out a foundation for anything you hope for in your life will help make the steps to completion of the task much more simpler, effortless and you will feel a lot more at ease during the process. Most importantly you will succeed by breaking it down into pieces. The hardest task you will face is getting the focus plus motivation to sit down and actually organize.
The most important reason it shouldn’t be overlooked is the confidence you will feel about yourself, life and anything you have going on because it gives you a sense of security, structure, peace, open-space and a plan of action.
Why It Took Me Forever To Get Organized
I use to find myself buying countless items to help my organization complex; planners, sticky notes, white boards, notebooks, and journals. I do not like being on any schedule, being told what to do or feeling like I need to do something. I like freedom, but as my career and brand started to grow the opportunities grew and having to do typical life stuff had me frazzled. I was like I can’t keep doing this I’m becoming stressed. Each year I have to prepare a business plan for myself and also I like to have an idea of personal goals for my life. It was time to take matters into my own hands—I really am a paradox. I can’t explain why I am the way I am sometimes! Ha-ha!
Each time I would buy a new item in that moment I was ready to go home and get my life in order but let’s get real here I don’t even remember where I put half those items. I did however find an answer to all my problems with the ‘ARC: Customizable Notebook System’ sold at Staples. The items are a little pricey at first, but so worth it. The options are limitless with how you can create your own notebook or planner to fit your specific needs. Best of all you can refill these at any moment, which means no clutter. Restock is cheap it’s the initial notebook itself that can be the most expensive piece.
I know a lot of people use their phones for keeping track of things. I get tired of looking at my screen and it also can lead to distractions when you’re trying to focus on what’s important—the value of your life and happiness. I highly recommend handwritten stuff when it comes to tasks such as organizing. Another reason why I love that notebook system because the items give you a structure to follow but allows you to do it your own way and keeps everything in one place. It really did help me personally with not only my work life but also my personal. As my boyfriend always says, If I am going to do something it has to be on my terms only or I won't do it. That's what this notebook system provided for me and helped me get organized on my terms!
My 7 Fabulous Tips And Tricks For Organizing Your Life
1. Break Your Year Into Quarters:
By breaking your year into quarters you allow yourself to plan better and set goals in that specific area of the year. It gives you more time and room to focus on certain areas in your life. For example if you only want to focus on Q1 at that given moment it gives you less to work with and so on. You can pick up on Q2 the following week. Organizing isn’t an over the night process. I give myself an entire month to work through the basics.
2. Have 3 Major Goals For The Entire Year, And Have 1-3 For Each Quarter:
Allow yourself to get as detailed as possible, but don’t overwhelm yourself. Go at your own pace. Maybe a quarter goal for Q1 is to save 25 dollars, because one of your major goals for the entire year is to have x amount of money saved—by setting a mini-goal to help with a major one will most likely if you commit be accomplished by your deadline and it gives you 3 months to accomplish it because life is very unpredictable. Go easy on yourself and don’t feel rushed. Let it flow naturally. This process can work with anything you have set for yourself and want for your life. Just sit down and take it step by step.
3. Break Your Goals Down Using This Method:
Good—which means a goal you can achieve in that time frame.
Better—meaning a goal that is possible but more difficult from the good goal.
Best—a goal you will not achieve during that time but are working towards.
4. A 2 Week Goal For Tasks That Lead Up To The Final Completion:
Now it’s time to focus on something tiny that will help achieve the final outcome. This allows 14 days to do a tiny piece of your puzzle. The feeling of finishing it will be the reason you continue to do more and also it allows you to live in the moment. You basically do it on your terms.
5. Create A Daily Focus Theme:
What I mean by that is set an objective for that day. Pick one thing you will focus on and instead of doing a million things in the hours given. Once your focus theme is complete know you did your job for the day with organizing and reaching your goal. Having a daily main focus theme will be better on your mental sanity and overall confidence on completion.
6. Track Your Daily Routine And Then Create A Better One:
Take a notepad with you, even if you know your routine track it anyways and see what you can change around, add, combine or remove. Get in touch with your day in a more meaningful way—I know that sounds cliché but I am very serious it will bring more happiness into your life. It gives you time to reflect and see what’s working, and what isn’t. Once you’ve tracked your week evaluate as needed.
7. Create A Daily To-Do List:
I always find myself jotting down things I need to do in for that giving day and if I can’t finish it I transfer it over for the next.
I really hope this helps as you are settling into the New Year, but this method can be used at any point in your life when you are ready. I wish I could go into even more detail but this is a blog post not a chapter in a lifestyle book. This formula works for me and I believe it can for you as well so give it a try! Thanks for reading. Be sure to give it a share to help your friends and family have a more organized life. Also, share your thoughts in the comments below!
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