If you struggle to get things done every day, you are probably lacking in time. But you are also probably lacking in organization. We can’t make time appear magically, but we can make the most of the time we do have.
Being more organized when you tackle tasks and things that need doing, means you can get those things done in less time. You will then have more time to spend doing things that you really want to do, and wish you had time to do.
The most organized people around have systems and strategies in place that make them more organized. These are the people who are able to get far more done in their day. They are the people who seem to have their lives so together. They seem to know the absolute vital secrets to being organized. But it isn’t special secrets that they know, they just know the right ways to plan and approach things to get things done.
Here are 7 of the most successful habits of really organized people. Take a look at their strategies and planning, and try to incorporate these into your daily life.
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1.Organized People Make Lists
Organized people make and keep lists. They make lists for all aspects of their lives, and their family’s lives.
Making a list the night before of all the things that you need to get done the next day for instance, can keep you on track, and also make you feel more organized and on top of things the next day.
You will probably need to have numerous lists for all kinds of things that need to be done in your life. You will be really organized if you keep lists for the following:
Running Grocery list. Whenever you run out of a certain food, add it to a running grocery list. Either keep the list on your refrigerator, or somewhere you will see it in your home. You could also use an electronic app such as this free app. That way you will always know which foods you are running low on, and next time you do the grocery shopping you can view what you need.
Grocery List before you go Shopping. Before you actually go to the grocery store make a list of everything you need. If you can order it by aisle too it will be especially helpful. That way you won’t forget anything.
List of Meals for the Week. Plan your week’s meals ahead of time, so you always know what is on the menu, and you can plan your grocery list accordingly each week.
Keep lists for all aspects of yours and your family’s lives. If you have a list you know what you need to do, and you can check that task off as it gets done.
2. Organized People Plan Ahead of Time
Preparing ahead of time and getting a start on tasks, and even your day, can greatly improve your productivity and keep you far more organized.
If your mornings are crazy busy, do tasks and plan the night before. Lay out the clothing that your kids, and even you, will wear the next day. Make lunches ahead of time and refrigerate them, and even prep breakfasts ahead of time.
Make sure your kids know where to put their homework and backpacks all ready to be grabbed quickly the next morning. Place anything you need and can’t forget near your front door.
Likewise, you can also plan your week ahead at the weekend. Get a start on prepping and cooking your meals for the coming week. Get laundry done and prepared, so everyone has clean fresh clothes. Your week won’t be as crazy if you get a start on it.
3. Organized People Set and Follow Routines
Everyone needs routines. Routines keep us on track. They let us know what needs to be done and when. Routines are plans of actions.
But many of us don’t have regular routines. But organized people do!
Have routines in place for your mornings and evenings. For instance, every morning have a set routine. Your routine may be to take a shower, make coffee, make breakfast, pack lunches, take your kids to school and daycare, get a coffee at Starbucks. If you do the same things every day, at the same time every day, you will do those routines like clockwork. You will know what has to be done, and you will do what needs to be done.
Routines for your housework are also so handy to have. Have a set day to do your laundry. Start out doing a white load, then a dark load, then a mixed color load. Have a routine for cleaning your home – perhaps Mondays are for cleaning your kitchen, Tuesdays are for cleaning your living room, Wednesdays bathrooms, and Thursdays bedrooms. You get the idea. Routines are familiar and manageable.
4. Organized People Declutter Their Homes
Belongings and clutter pile up. They make our homes untidy. They make our minds untidy. It is hard for us to be organized, relaxed, and on track when we are surrounded by clutter and untidiness.
Set aside a regular time to declutter and tidy up your home. It may not be possible to do this as frequently as you would like, but once a month, or every other month may be an achievable goal.
Select a room at a time and go through the room, tidying up and putting things away. Deal with clutter by either discarding it, donating it, or selling it.
If a room is too much to contemplate decluttering, take a closet or cupboard at a time. Even your kitchen junk drawer is a great place to start decluttering and organizing.
5. Organized People Clean up After Themselves
If you don’t make a mess, you won’t have a mess to clean up! If you are a messy baker, and leave dirty bowls and utensils all over your kitchen, you will have a big clean up job at the end.
But if you wash bowls and utensils as you go, you will be on top of all the mess and dirty items. You won’t be faced with a huge clean up job at the end, which after baking you probably won’t feel like doing!
Pick up your dirty clothing and put it in a hamper immediately. Wash your dishes straightaway after you make a meal.
6. Organized People use Help Where They Need it
The most organized people don’t try to do everything themselves. You can’t possibly do everything, and be everything to everyone. Trying to do it all yourself, with little help, will really drive you crazy.
Use whatever help you can in your daily life. Get your groceries delivered. Do your grocery shopping online. Find a dry cleaner who picks up and delivers. Use a meal planning and delivery service for your family’s meals.
Doing it all yourself just isn’t possible, especially if you also have a job outside the home. Research and find companies and services who can take a lot of the pressure off you.
You may think many of these services are too expensive. But just do some research and take a look. You may be surprised at how affordable they are. You can then use that extra time you save to do something far more fun than standing in line in a crowded grocery store!
I just found a great online site for instance, Paperless Post, which produces professional-quality invites for any party you may be planning for your children, or any family event you may be planning. Planning events and parties is part of family life, but takes a lot of time. This is a great example of a service you can use to do things you need to do easier.
7. Organized People Prioritize What Needs to be Done
There are only so many hours in a day in which you can get things done. But are you wasting some of those hours and time?
Prioritization is the key to productivity. Don’t waste time doing things that don’t need to be done at that minute, or even at all.
Take a look at your week as it looks now, and figure out what things in your week are priorities. Taking your kids to school, making dinner etc is of course all priorities. But what about that meeting that you have to attend on Thursday at your kids school? Is it an essential meeting to attend, or can you get the materials online afterwards? If you don’t have to attend you won’t have to run around getting dinner ready, find a babysitter, and have your kids go to bed late that evening.
Make a list of all the things you need to do this week. Then go down that list and rank them in order of priority. 1 for high priority, 2 for less priority etc. On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the lowest priority), rank those things. How many low priority, or number 5, items do you have on your list? Can you eliminate those things, delegate those things, or reschedule those things?
Prioritization will not only lessen the stress on you, but it can also give you back essential time.
If you are busy and stressed take a look at these 7 habits of the most organized people!