Calm the Chaos in Your Life With These Four Easy Habits

Becoming organized can bring so many benefits to a person. The greatest is the ability to turn days filled with chaos into days of focus and effectiveness.  When you’re organized, you no longer have to worry about all the little things that might be slipping through the cracks.

You’ll also be more trustworthy in all aspects of your life when you are great at organization. Keep in mind that trustworthiness is the cornerstone of all relationships, be it business and personal.

Consider these adopting these habits:

  1. Have a place for everything. This habit mostly relates to your documents, papers, electronic clutter, even the desktop on your computer, and everything in between.
  • Try to limit yourself to just a couple of email accounts. Consider one email for business and another for personal use. If you regularly fill out web forms that result in a lot of spam, another email account could catch all those.
  • Find a solution for your scheduling. One calendar is ideal.  It certainly makes sense to use an electronic system if you have a smartphone. Gmail, Yahoo email, and many other free systems are available that can integrate your email, to-do lists, appointments, and calendar.
  • For your desktop, create a few folders and categorize things. You can place photos in the appropriate folders, legal documents in another folder, and so on. Come up with a system that works best for you. There’s no reason to spend 30+ minutes over the course of a single day searching for items.
  1. Put items away immediately. Disorganized people tend to be poor at putting things away in the moment. It’s only after enough clutter piles up that they have enough discomfort to do anything about it. By this time, it’s become a major project.
  • When you grab your mail, go through it and file it immediately.
  • When you’re done using something, put it away.
  • List that appointment in your system as soon as you schedule it. There is no organizational system that is successful if you procrastinate.
  1. Have a daily routine. Use a to-do list. In the house, ensure the dirty dishes are out of the sink before you go to bed. Spend 10 minutes picking up the family room each morning. There are so many things that only take a few minutes if they’re done regularly.
  2. Prepare your to-do list each night.  It’s a mistake to start the day without a plan. It’s far more challenging to get anything done so before hitting the hay, spend a few minutes and list everything you’d like to get done. Choose the three most important ones and make that your list for the following day. Three items might not seem like a lot, but it’s plenty.
  • If you get the three most important things done daily, you’ll be surprised how differently your life looks after a couple of weeks.

Don’t you think it’s time to finally get organized and get your life and your clutter under control?  Certainly yes!  You’ll feel more relaxed, more effective, and a better friend and partner. Developing a couple of effective habits can really make a huge difference in your ability to stay focused on what’s most important to you.

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