When things start to get on top of us, life quickly transforms from something fun and enjoyable to something hectic and overwhelming. As we watch tasks piling up in front of us, it can feel like everything is happening at once and once you get in that mindset, it can be pretty tough to get out of it. One way to stay on top of everything and be more productive is to learn how to organize your life.
How to Organize Your Life and Get More Done
Plan for the week ahead
Each Sunday, make a list of 3-5 goals you want to achieve in the week ahead. Then for each of the goals, make a list of around 5 tasks that will help you accomplish them. Invest in a planner specifically designed to help you improve yourself (this one from Amazon is excellent) and fill it with all your tasks. Make sure you actually schedule your tasks for specific times and days, otherwise it’s unlikely you’ll get around to them. Planning for the week ahead like this really helps you monitor your progress and see where you can improve.
Make boundaries for completing tasks
When dealing with things you don’t want to do (like paperwork) or fun things that can be a huge time-suck (like checking social media) keep yourself productive by setting a timer. If you know you’ve only got 30 minutes to fill in some forms, you’ll be a lot more focused and productive about getting them done. Similarly, if you know you’ve only got 30 minutes to play around on Facebook, you’ll be a lot more mindful about what you’re looking at and won’t accidentally waste 3 hours scrolling through your feed. For more tips on how to organize your life and be more productive, take a look at Productivity: Become a Master in Getting Things Done.
No one likes to disappoint people, but sometimes it’s best for everyone involved if you flat out refuse to do something. Maybe a colleague is asking you to do take on some extra jobs, but you’re already swamped with work. Or maybe a friend is inviting you out for drinks, but you’ve already planned to spend some much-needed time with your family. If someone asks you to do something that doesn’t align with your goals or makes you feel overwhelmed, never be afraid to say ‘no’. As long as you do it politely and explain your reasoning, it’s very unlikely the person asking will be offended. For more advice on saying ‘no’, read The Power of a Positive No.
Put things away immediately
You might think this would fall under “How to Organize Your Home” not “How to Organize Your Life”. But when you’ve got a clean and tidy living space, it really does have an impact on your mind and how you view your life. Instead of putting something down when you get home (like a bag, groceries or a coat), put the thing away in its place. You’ll find you spend a lot less time tidying up when you put things away immediately and you’ll improve your outlook on life at the same time. Check out Minimalist Living: 30 Days to Declutter, Simplify and Organize Your Home Without Driving Everyone Crazy for more tips on how to organize your home and free your mind.
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