“One of these days I’m going to get organized.” Sound familiar? All of us have uttered those words at one time or another. Even though you sincerely mean it at the time, somehow it gets put off until you again reach the point of frustration. It’s a catch-22: you’re too disorganized to find the time to get organized.
Unfortunately, there are no magic wands to be waved. Getting organized means you’ll have to take the steps yourself. The good news is that you can learn from the trial-and-error of others. Here are 10 solid tips to help you organize your life.
At the Office
- Is there a bigger time hog than email? Instead of dealing with them as they arrive, get in the habit of setting aside a few minutes each day or each week to clear your inbox.
- Stop wasting time looking for those notes from the last meeting or that file for your new client. Clean out your desk from top to bottom.
- Free up some of your memory cells by entering payment due dates into your calendar or smartphone.
- Set aside a receptacle or drawer specifically reserved for mail. Take advantage of paperless accounts being offered by most financial institutions to get electronic billing and statements.
- Prioritize housekeeping based on which room is most in need. Create an action plan outlining changes that could be made to allow for simplified maintenance.
- Cleaning doesn’t have to involve an entire room. For instance, one day you might set aside time to vacuum all the carpeting.
Your Personal Life
- Get quality family timing by scheduling a night each week for an activity that you all enjoy.
- Do the same thing with your significant other. Plan date nights based on shared interests.
- Surprise your partner every now and then with a special meal or other surprise to brighten up a hectic time in their schedule.
- Make a point of taking time each week to call, text or email that friend or family member you haven’t contacted in a while.
Implementing even a few of these suggestions will pay big dividends. Visit my website for more stress-busting suggestions.