5 Tips to be More Organized

Be more organizedIf you believe that only some people are bound to be organized and others just aren’t, don’t!!!! Anyone can be more organized if they follow a few rules. Here are a few tips to keep you to be more organized and in control.

 

Get Help Keeping Track

There are so many things to keep track of these days including birthdays, anniversaries, work events, school events, outings and more. Are the memory challenged just doomed to forget and be embarrassed? Absolutely not! The best way is to keep a calendar, notebook or even an app for a Smartphone. There are many tools that are great for helping you keep organized. They key to being successful is in writing it down, or entering it into your calendar.

It may take a few hours initially to enter in all of the dates, but the amount of worry or stress you will save yourself is unbeatable. Enter in all of the birthdays of your friends, family members and any acquaintances or business associates you want to remember. If you are using a smartphone, you can even set an alert a few days before each one to remind yourself to purchase a card. Or, you can set a reminder the day of so that you remember to call that person.

For other events, it’s important to write them down as soon as you know about them. If you do it right away you’ll have less chance of forgetting and possibly double-booking another event on the same day or time.

Set Goals

In order to be more organized and make progress in a particular area, it’s important to think about what your goals are and write them down. If you just go through life one day at a time, without any specific milestones or goals, you may risk not getting where you want to be. For example, if you want to lose weight, break it down into an easily reachable goal and try to make progress every day. If you want to lose 10 pounds, then a good idea might be to make a goal of losing 4 pounds per month. Then write down how you will achieve your goal. You might say that you will go to the gym 3 times a week and not eat anything past 6pm. Even if you don’t meet your goal every single week, you are bound to achieve success at least some of the time. If you hadn’t made any goals, you likely would have stayed the same weight as you are now, in 3 months time. It’s better to make some progress than none!

Be More Organized by Getting Rid Of What You Don’t Need

Clutter has a way of creeping up on us in no time at all. It’s easy to do with all of the trinkets, mail and gifts that come into our home. Clutter builds up over time and if you don’t tackle it, before you know it, you will be living in a place that is disorganized and makes you stressed out.

Like everything else, you should make time on your calendar for tending to clutter. Even one hour per week can make a tremendous difference. You can even focus on one specific area each week. It could be a closet, a desk, the bedroom, or any area that needs some extra focus.

Avoid Excessive Bargain Shopping

While we all like a good bargain, you may be tempted to buy things that you don’t really need. This leads to clutter and can make your life more disorganized. Only buy what you need. If you see a great deal on sweaters, think about it several times before you make a purchase. Do you really need those sweaters? If so, see if there are any sweaters at home you can donate or get rid of, so that you will make an even exchange.

Take It Easy

If you incorporate these tips, you will notice a big difference in the quality of your life. Take things one day at a time and you will see that you will very quickly both feel and actually be more organized!

Till Next Time

Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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