When this post goes live, Dave and I heading off to go close on our house, and then spend the day moving. So exciting! When Dave and I decided to move in the middle of the week (because of weddings galore on the weekends) I knew I was going to have to write and schedule my blog posts ahead of time so my readers would still have something new to read while I was busy hauling boxes. Staying organized has been essential through this entire house-buying and moving process, and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to stay on top of my blog tasks as well as moving without being organized! I wanted to share just a few of my best tips for you, with 8 habits of highly organized people.
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They Write Things Down
I know from personal experience that a task is more likely to get done if I write it down somewhere. Organized people take advantage of to-do lists and planners to organize their life and ensure they’re staying on top of all tasks.
They Tackle One Task At a Time
As fantastic as it would be to be able to multi-task all the time, organized people know that multi-tasking breeds disorganization and leads to things falling through the cracks. While it’s okay to multi-task for the simpler tasks that don’t take much brain power, organized people learn to tackle the essential tasks one at a time to be as productive as possible.
Organized people know that their surroundings play a huge factor in determining their productivity. In an environment filled with clutter and stuff, it’s difficult to know where to focus. When you’ve minimized your workspace and created a clean, minimal environment for yourself, you’ll find it easier to stay organized and focus on what is in front of you.
They Plan Ahead
Organized people know what’s coming. I love my daily to-do lists, but sometimes I need a slightly wider scope of what to plan for in order to stay organized. I love this weekly planner for that! It’s super simple and allows you to quickly plan out the essentials for your week.
They Utilize Tools
Organized people aren’t doing it all on their own. They’ve found tools to fuel and streamline their organization. For some. it might be online tools such as Evernote while others might prefer a paper planner to stay organized. Either way, organized people have learned to utilize the tools available to them.
They Set Priorities
Organized people know how to identify priorities and stick to them. Picture this: you’re sitting at your desk, knowing you need to knock a few things off the to-do list today. You’re not feeling particularly motivated, so you choose a few of the easy, nonessential items and knock them each out in a few minutes. Sure, it might feel good to cross those things off the list, but are those really priorities? Instead of ordering your tasks by which are easiest, order them by level of priority so you’re knocking the most essential tasks out first, even if they’re more time-consuming.
They Know When to Say No
Organized people can acknowledge when their plate is full and know to say no when appropriate. We all only have so much time in the time jar, and organized people know that overflowing the time jar is counter-productive, not to mention can have a negative effect on your mental health!
They Start The Day Organized
Organized people start the morning on the right foot. (Confession: this is where I struggle the most!) They start the day by making the bed, putting themselves in a productive mindset, and writing themselves a to-do list for the day. Remember #1? Writing things down is essential for organization!
What are your favorite habits for staying organized?
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