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7 Ways to Get Organized and Stay Organized

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2018 was a messy year in so many ways. For me, it was messy because I couldn’t keep up with anything, and I felt like I was all over the place. Sometimes life can get busy like that, and we find ourselves slipping up, forgetting things that are due, or not being prepared.

But hey, it’s a new year, and it’s a new day. Everyday you have a chance to turn over a new leaf, and I’ve decided that being more organized is a crucial aspect of leading a more stress-free life. No more wondering what you have to do today, getting distracted, or getting anxiety when you realize you have something due in the morning.

I’ve listed 7 ways to get organized and stay organized, so you no longer have to figure things out through the day, and you can finally start handling your shit like an adult:

Calendar

Get a calendar, Like, a physical one. Trust me, having a physical calendar is better than the one on your phone, because you can place it in places where you’ll always notice it. And it forces you to take the time to physically write things down. Sometimes actually writing things down helps you remember them better.

Let friends or family know your goals and plans

Let your friends and family know about your goals or plans, so that they can remind you and help make sure you stay on track.

Try to imagine how it will turn out

Imagining the outcome of your hard work, and ability to stay organized will help you push through. Imagine waking up each day, knowing what you have to do and not having to frantically figure things out as the day progresses. Imagine a life were you can at least have a peace of mind knowing that your have everything in control.

Create a schedule

Creating a schedule allows you to have everything more organized and in a listed format in which you don’t have to figure out which task you have to do first. Also, once again, writing things out does help you remember better, but you can also type it up on your phone to have with you all the time.

Make a list separating whats important and whats not

Sometimes when trying to get things done, we get distracted by little things. Instead of finishing the work you have due tomorrow, you might be considering going out for drinks with friends, or taking the time to rearrange you closet. These are things you can do at other times, but you need to separate the important from the not so important. So, creating a list of crucial matters which need to be handled first versus a not so important task can help you stay on task.

Do fun things afterwards to reward yourself

When you complete all of your tasks, give yourself a little reward. That could mean taking a nap, eating your favorite snack, or going out with friends now that everything is done.

 

Do these things everyday to make this a way of life 

Keeping up being organized can be hard at first, reminding yourself to write things down, and having to do things is not so fun before you have any fun. But after a while, this way of being organized will become second nature, and will become a part of your everyday life.

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