Feel like you’re going a million miles an hour but not getting anything done? Feel like things are slipping through the cracks? I absolutely hate when my life feels like it’s out of control, so over the years I’ve come up with some strategies to get myself back on track! Let’s talk about my tips and tricks on how to organize your whole life!
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I would have literally no idea what to do with myself if I didn’t set goals. Writing out your goals gives you a direction to go and something to work toward. I think having well thought out goals that are supported by a good plan of action is one of the most important things you can do to organize your life.
I seriously don’t know how people who don’t write out their goals on a yearly and monthly basis get anything done. I have to have a full plan on what direction I want to be moving or I just don’t move. Sit down and think about where you want your life to be in one year, five years, and ten years. Your goals should be in line with those dreams and should be pushing you towards them!
Get on a Schedule
Having a weekly schedule can help you stay on top of those routine tasks that might not be the most fun. Have a set day of the week you go to the grocery, do laundry, or clean up after your pets. When you do this long enough it will just become a habit.
If you have a few set tasks you do the same days each week, it will help keep things from getting overwhelming. I have a tendency to put off laundry until I don’t have any clothes left… doing a load of laundry every Tuesday and Thursday would very easily keep it from becoming a major task. I also like to plan some of these tasks around things like trash night and paydays. Sit down and pay bills the Saturday after every payday, or clean out the fridge to go grocery shopping on trash night. Doing a few small tasks each day will make your life a little more efficient.
Your schedule could also include meal planning. If you struggle with eating out too much or going over your food budget, meal planning and even meal prep can help a lot. Layout all the meals you want to have for the week, gather all the recipes and create a grocery list. It will be easier to get your shopping done when you know what you need, and it will be easier to get meals put together quickly when you know exactly what you are having.
To-do lists are a great way to get everything in your brain down on paper. I’m the type of person that has to write things down to remember them.
Create a master to-do list that includes everything you need to get done. I do a master to-do list on a weekly basis and just cross things off and add new things onto it as they come up during the week. When you get to the end of the week, create a fresh list! Starting the week off with a fresh list can help motivate you and push you to get things done. You can also break this list down into the days of the week to give yourself even more of a plan.
You can keep separate lists for different areas of your life as well. I have a to-do list for work in my work planner, I have blog to-do lists in my business planner, I have personal to-do lists in the notes app on my phone. Having separate lists helps me transition between different things I need to get done and helps me prioritize. Sometimes I get home and all I really want to do is work on my blog… but I have 6 things I need to get done for work. Having those lists helps me see what is most important at the moment and what aspect of my life I need to be focusing on for the day.
Reduce the Clutter
If you feel constantly stressed and overwhelmed when you’re at home, take a look around you. Do you feel like your’re constantly cleaning and nothing is ever organized? Maybe you just have too much stuff!
Reducing the amount of clutter you have in your environment can reduce quite a bit of stress. I always function better and am more productive when my house is clean and my workspace is organized. It can be really hard to keep your space organized if there’s just flat out too much stuff around!
Clutter can also include things other than material items. Do you need to mute the phone sometimes so you have uninterrupted time to get something done? Do you need to avoid a certain person for a week to get on top of your to-do list? Sometimes you have to prioritize and leave some people and events out of your schedule until you can get on top of things again.
Use a Planner
I would be totally and completely lost without my planner. Well… planners. I currently use three!
Having a planner helps me lay out my plan for the day, week, and month. I am able to stay on top of tasks and appointments, make sure I’m not forgetting any meetings, and stay on track for any due dates. I use a planner for my day job, my finances, and my business. I like to write out my goals in my planner as well so I can make sure I’m taking the steps I need to in order to make progress.
There are a lot of different options for planners these days. I am a pen and paper person, so I use a paper planner. You could use the calendar on your phone or some sort of app on your tablet. I’ve seen some pretty great digital iPad planners on Instagram. Whatever method works for you, find a great planner format that will help you stay on top of everything going on in your life.
I really don’t see routines being talked about that much when it comes to productivity. While it would be hard to have a routine for your whole entire day, I think having a morning and evening routine will set you up for staying organized and productive.
Having a morning routine is probably one of the most beneficial habits you can form. Think about it – if you always get up late and have to rush out the door, end up forgetting things, and are stressed out before you even get to work, you aren’t going to start off the day wanting to be productive. Create a routine that gives you plenty of time to get up, get ready, gather everything you need for the day, and get wherever you need to go on time.
Your evening routine will help you make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Have a system for starting to wind down before bed. Turn off the screens, start to relax, and get yourself ready for bed. An evening routine will tell your brain that it’s time to start getting ready to turn off and go to sleep. This will help you get to sleep easier. Also – make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to sleep! If you’re waking up dead tired every morning, you probably need to start going to bed earlier.
No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, getting yourself organized will go a long way! Getting your life organized will reduce stress and help you achieve all the things you want!
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