It may be challenging for some people to get organized and you may be wondering what characteristics are common traits to those that are organized.
The good news is that anyone can live a more organized life. A good way to becoming more organized and having less stress and greater happiness into one’s own life is to engage in positive habits.
You may not become a super organized person overnight, but these common habits are some of the ways in which you can achieve a more organized life.
Whether you have a filing system for papers or an established method to put away laundry, having systems in place helps to support positive organizational behaviors.
Establishing a system where it’s easy to put things away and easy to find again will always help you to stay organized.
It helps to have a de-cluttering routine in place — whether it’s spending 15 minutes sorting mail after work or paying bills every Sunday afternoon, having a regular routine keeps you on track and prevents things from piling up into time consuming and overwhelming tasks.
There’s big payoff with planning. A lot of energy is wasted trying to keep track of all the things we need to remember to do.
Keeping a check list with just a few manageable tasks for each day and one longer-term project to work on ensures nothing gets overlooked. Take a few minutes at the start and end of each day to plan and you’ll be well on your way to becoming more organized.
- Avoid procrastination
Take a few minutes each day to put things back in their proper places. File a few papers for example, or put away the pile of clean laundry.
The small amount of time it takes to put something away will prevent clutter from piling up and saves you a vast amount of time looking for it later.
- Decision making
Decide and prioritize what is most important to do now and attend to these things immediately. Avoid engaging in distractions that interrupt you from accomplishing important goals now. This will allow you to get more done in less time and give you more time later to engage in those activities that don’t negatively impact your productive flow.
- Manage time
Have a do-it-now attitude. If a task takes less than five minutes, get it get it out of the way now. Instead of tossing your coat and shoes into the corner after coming home from work, put these things away immediately.
Accomplishing small tasks throughout your day saves hours of wasted time and energy coming back to it later to deal with.
- Seek out support
Inevitably there comes times when we just can’t do it all ourselves. It’s important to recognize when it’s out of our control and ask for help. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for support, but a commendable trait that will help you accomplish your goal.
Calling upon a co-worker, friend or family member to assist you can help put things into a new perspective and give you an extra added boost that you need. Seeking support alleviates stress and helps you avoid letting things get out of control.
When you adopt any one or all of these habits into your life you’ll be rewarded with amazing results!
I’d love to hear about what habits you employ to enjoy an organized life?
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