Daily Habits That Keep You Organized

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Daily Habits That Keep You Organized / We all know that one person in our life that is effortlessly organized. For most people, being organized isn’t something that comes naturally or that you adapt to (yes, reader, you’re probably looking around your messy hdb in tampines and relate to this quite well). Of course, whether we are organized or not all depends on our habits. Habits are incredibly powerful tools. The reality is that you and the life you are leading are the result of your own habits. Forming good habits thus drives better behavior and routines and understanding the power of habits will help you truly embrace change as an opportunity for personal growth. Read on for some habits that you can instill to keep yourself on the organized front.

Leave your keys and phone in the same spot

Leave your keys, phone, and other important things that you carry on a daily basis in the same place every time you walk through your front door. Have a spot in your house, for example a side table in your entry way or a catch-all bowl in your foyer for these items. This helps ensure that you won’t end up wasting time running around looking for where you’ve misplaced your keys or your phone, especially if you’re already late for work.

Finish one task before moving on to the next

Have you ever been in the middle of doing something, or putting the finishing touches on something, and then all of a sudden you remember something else that you need to do? Then you urgently move on to the next task, leaving behind all of the things that you were currently doing to be dealt with later.  This happens to many of us all the time. Some of us are constantly multi-tasking and hopping from one task to the next that at the end of the day, you realize you’ve been doing everything here and there, but didn’t complete anything and forget to clean up after, leaving your house to look like a tornado just blew through. Consider retraining yourself to finish a task at hand, and tidying up, and then only moving on to the next task. At the end of the day, it makes a huge difference when you realize you can plop down in the evening and not be surrounded by unfinished business and untidied-up mess.

Use your wait time

We all have times in our day where we’re just waiting for something to be done, be it something cooking in the oven, or clothes in the washer. Instead of sitting around doing nothing but waiting, take the time you have on your hands to finish up smaller tasks, such as checking and replying to emails, or tending to smaller tasks that help keep your house in order.

Follow the “one in, one out” rule

In this day and age of consumerism, we are often pushed to keep buying and spending. However, do you think about what comes after the shopping? You might have that rush of good feeling when you’ve purchased something new and useful for your home, but forget that it just adds to the clutter that you already have in your space. If you don’t stay on top of what you’re bringing into your home, all these items just pile up and take over your entire home. Instead, consider having a rule where for each new item that comes into your home, you will need to get rid of one item in return. Donate the older one to charity or pass it on to a friend or family member that really needs it. Commit to purging your possessions often to give you a good reminder.

Maintain a coordinated calendar

Take advantage of the age of technology and use a calendar app to keep track of your appointments. If you’re a pen and paper person, that’s fine as well. However, having a digital version of your calendar is much easier as you always have your phone with you and thus it’s easier to stay up to date without having to search around for your diary or lug it around in your bag everywhere you go.

Strive for inbox zero

Emails are definitely a rough and tough place for organization. The amount of emails you receive on a daily basis will tend to pile up if they go unanswered. Consider some tricks such as setting up a system of tagging and archiving your emails to help you get better at dealing with the overflow. Try to have an ultimate goal of having your inbox at zero before you go to bed every night. It helps to schedule a few minutes of your day just for responding to your emails. Otherwise, you might tend to put it off for another time, until you realize that what you have on your hands is more than you can deal with quickly and painlessly.

Make your to do list

Lists are every person’s best friend to getting organized. Whether it’s a list for daily tasks, personal goals, or even organizational endeavors, making a list always helps preventing yourself from getting in over your head. Nothing beats the feeling of checking things off a list and seeing all that you have accomplished right in front of your eyes.

Get some sleep

You might be thinking “what does sleep have to do with organization?”. Well, it has everything to do with it. You might be inclined to stay up as late as possible to get all your daily tasks accomplished, but you will definitely end up lethargic and unproductive the day after, because you’ll be spending your energy just to keep your eyes open! Getting a good night’s sleep will really impact your day, so try to get to bed on time each night to really have enough energy to be productive and organized during the day.


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