Has being disorganized ever cost you? Maybe it caused you to be late for an important meeting, or it took up your whole weekend in cleaning the accumulated mess in your room, or it caused you to miss deadlines on important bills you owe – whatever the case, organization can be learned and even just incorporating 3 items from this list can be a serious game changer to the flow of your day! Check out these proven tips below that will help you save time and be organized like a pro!
1. They are early risers
While not the gold standard for everyone, waking up early before the rest of the house can be a huge game changer before the day starts and the day’s demands start piling up. How do you get up early you might ask?
By getting to bed early. The no 1. barrier to being an early riser usually lies in not going to bed at a reasonable hour. If you want to wake up at 5 or 6am, be sure to be in bed by 9 or 10pm.
2. They make their beds everyday
Its often been said that making your bed in the morning is a great way to start the day because it leads to a productive day. How so you might wonder? Because it sets up a domino effect of making good decisions all day that give you a sense of control over your life.
It can also be a great mood booster because your room will be neat and a calming place to retire for the night.
3. They put their clothes away
Organized people are really diligent about putting away their clothing as leaving it on a love seat in the bedroom or on the bed can lead to a downward spiral that can take a really long time to undo!
4. They clean up as they go about their day
Often you hear people complaining that cleaning takes too long, but the reason it takes too long is that we don’t clean up as we go. For example (and related to the above), when you get home after a long day, you often just want to throw your coat on that corner chair and drop your purse on the kitchen table. This is exactly how clutter begins.
Instead, look to hang your coat up when you walk into the house, put your shoes and purse where they belong and pack away any groceries you bring in immediately.
5. They are not perfectionists
Surprising right? One would expect that someone who is highly organized is a perfectionist and must have everything in a certain way but the truth of the matter is that perfectionism can actually lead to disorganization because one is always focused on the really minor details and can waste a lot of energy and time, while losing the big picture focus.
6. They are doers
An organized person is not a procrastinator. Instead, an organized person tackles things head-on. When laundry is done, they will fold it immediately; when they’re done eating, they clean up shortly after.
7. They get their kids to participate in cleaning up
When you’re a mom, sometimes your to-do list is often not human! Getting your kids involved in cleaning up after themselves from a young age is so important, not just for your load but it will also help them to be tidy and manage their own spaces as they grow older.
8. They dispose of junk mail before entering the house
Do you ever get mail for the previous tenant of your apartment even though that person moved out 4 years ago? Or better yet, tons of credit card offers that you never once signed up for? Junk mail can be extremely annoying and the best way to deal with it is to trash it before you even get into your home or immediately after you get home. You can then walk into your home with just the important mail that needs to be addressed instead.
9. They don’t accumulate excess items they don’t need
One dress in six different colors, stacks of pens, 15 different pyjamas just in case… “Stuff” can seem fun to own when its sitting on shelves in the store, but once it gets in your house and you actually don’t need it, it can quickly become a stumbling block to your organization goals. The quickest waste-free way to get rid of excess is to give away items you no longer need.
10. They keep the main thing, the main thing
If you work really long hours or multiple jobs, home can sometimes feel like a place where you just land, crash for the night and are back at it again non-stop. Understandably, keeping your place organized can feel like the last thing you will want to do in those moments.
I used to work really long hours and would be so exhausted when I got home, that my clothes would pile up wherever there were open spaces on my room chair. Eventually, I discovered that I just needed to commit to keeping one central part of my room clean and that would keep the rest of the room under control. For me, that meant making my bed each day, for others, it could be keeping clothes in the closet and saving the bigger clean-up session for the weekend.
11. They keep work and home separate as much as possible
In today’s mobile world, there is often the pressure, and sometimes the requirement to carry work home from the office.
As much as possible, trying to be as efficient as possible at work to make sure that you don’t have to carry work home will give you a great chance to focus on personal goals such as meal prepping and cleaning once you get home.
12. They know that “early is on time” and “on time is late”
Imagine attending an important business meeting where you and a few other people are looking to bid for a particular opportunity. The meeting starts at 8am. You arrive at 7:58am. You’re on time alright, but when you walk in, everyone is holding their cups of coffee socializing with the meeting organizer and even sharing jokes.
Not only is this stressful, it can also put you at a great disadvantage in that decisions could have already been prior to your arrival.
Organized people give themselves enough time to get to meetings, get a lay of the land, go to the bathroom, get coffee and socialize before their engagement starts.
13. They practice the Pomodoro technique
You may be wondering what the Pomodoro technique is. Simply put, its working in uninterrupted blocks of time (25 minutes) and taking breaks in between. This technique works really well especially in today’s world where distractions are literally at the touch of your fingertips. No Facebook, no Instagram or Pinterest or whatever else keeps you occupied – just straight productivity!
If you’re still struggling, check out these website blockers which will help you not cheat yourself of valuable time. Get Cold Turkey lets you block certain websites (free version of tool available) or Rescue Time gives you an accurate picture of how you spend your time.
14. They also leave room for flexibility in their schedules
Life doesn’t always go as planned and when schedules are disrupted, the organized person is never thrown for a loop. Missed the work shuttle? Not a big deal, as the organized person leaves ample time to figure out alternative travel plans in the face of disruptions.
15. They have consistent morning and evening routines
For the organized person, routines are everything, especially in the morning and at the end of the day. These two parts of the day are sacred because they ultimately determine how he / she starts the day and how he / she enters into the following day. If bed time is 10:30pm during week nights, they stick to that because they recognize that binge watching Netflix till 1am is not going to do them any favors at all the following morning and could throw their entire morning off! Likewise, in the morning, they are consistent in their habits – whether its running or planning their day ahead.
I hope these steps were practical and will be easy to supplement to your existing routine. Do you have any additional tips you can share?