In today’s world, we are all busy. Our schedules are filled with sticky notes and highlighted reminders. It can be so easy to become overwhelmed by what needs to get done by the end of the day. One of the best ways to combat this is organization. So today, I’ll be sharing 5 simple ways to live an organized life.
Declutter Your Life
Simply put, get rid of what you’re not using. Clutter has a nasty habit of growing and spreading when you’re not paying attention. It’s best to get a handle on it before it becomes a problem. In my case, I truly didn’t know how bad I was until my family downsized from a house to an apartment about two years ago. During the transition, I found a storage container full of my high school homework. I graduated from high school in 2010.
Simple Rules to Follow
Get Rid of:
- too small, too big, old, has holes
- old or not used
- Notebooks, Papers, Documents
- non-important, ripped, old
Write a To-Do List The Night Before
It’s said way too often, but preparation is key. Thinking on the spot is stressful. Having a to-do list to follow helps you ease right through the day without demanding you to stop and think about what comes next. All you have to do is take about 10-15 minutes of your time at night and write out your schedule for the next day. It doesn’t have to be detailed. But it will help release some of the tension you feel.
Your email account can be a time black hole depending on what you use it for. On a regular day, I may get 40 to 50 emails. If I had to go through them one by one I would be spending time I don’t have. But I’ve found the best way to both maximize my time and organize my email account.
Organize your email account with folders. Group by topic or theme. If you have a bunch of emails you need to reply or follow up on, create a folder just for them. Once you do this, you’ll find that you are able to get through your emails much quicker.
Pack Your Lunch
This is a step that I appreciate more now in my 20’s than I did in my teens. Some might think it should be the opposite, ”I live a busy life. Why shouldn’t I grab something on the go?” This is honestly the worst thing you can do. When you grab food on the go, you can’t keep track of how it’s made, who’s making it, and if it’s healthy.
Packing your lunch gives you so many benefits. You can cut down on the costs because you are not eating out, and you can take care of your dietary needs to make sure that you stay healthy which is important.
Plan Your Outfits
If you have done step one, then you should have a general awareness of what’s in your closet. In this step, we are going to take it to another level. I admit that this is something that I’ve been trying to work on. I have a bad habit of throwing on clothes at the last minute without any thought.
So at the beginning of the week, or the end, whatever works best for you, take some time out of your day to come up with outfits for the week. Think about what you’ll have to do that week, and plan your outfits around that.