Healthy Habits for Organization and Productivity
Are you disorganized? Have you been having a hard time balancing all the different aspects of your life? Do you want to get more things done without feeling overwhelmed?
Being organized has countless benefits, however it is important to note that being an organized person is a habit that is learned through practice. One of the differences between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people tend to have healthier habits, and ultimately being organized is one of them.
Being organized doesn't always mean getting more things done, a lot of the times it means to make better use of your time. Be productive with the time you're given.
Here are six habits you should consider in order to organize your life:
1. Make time to organize yourself
Before you do anything, you need to set aside some time for you to cultivate your daily tasks and or goals. In order for you to set yourself up for success, you've got to dedicate time to organize your days, weeks and or months. Doing this will allow you to have clarity and you will be able to buy back time in the future because you have a clear idea of what needs to get done. Do what you need to do, whether it's to schedule things in your calendar, run errands or do chores. Set time aside to organize your life, figure things out, cross off unnecessary tasks, reset your headspace or revisit goals. Develop this habit for it is the foundation to success.
2. Write everything down
Don't trust your short term memory because life happens and we forget. Think about it, do you remember what you had for lunch four days ago? Probably not. That's why brain dumping in your journal is so important. Keeping sticky notes is also a great habit do develop. However you choose to remind yourself of the things you need to remember, make sure it is easily accessible.
3. Find a system that works for you
Everyone functions differently, therefore it is up to you to figure out what system best suits you. Do you prefer to have physical items like a calendar, journal or sticky notes? Or would you rather use the Notepad or the Google Calendar app? Both methods can be highly effective so do some trial and error and see what works best. Remember that simplicity is key, so don't try to over complicate anything. Another thing you may want to consider - Are you more productive in the morning as soon as you wake up, or do you work better at nights? A book that explores developing healthy habits is Atomic Habits by James Clear. Don't give up because something is not working. Instead, try something new until something sticks.
4. Bulk similar tasks together
Time is valuable and that is why it is a good idea to group your tasks together. You lose time when you jump around between unrelated tasks. You also take yourself out of the flow when you have to switch your mind to a new task. It is a good idea to batch all your errands together, batch your emails together and then do all of your chores together. Combine similar tasks and make life easier for yourself.
5. Prioritize your tasks
Do what's important first. Have your 3 main goals for the day and then put the rest of what you have to do in your to-do list. If you don't do this, you leave room for procrastination because your main goals are usually the most difficult and most time consuming things you may have to do. Commit to doing what you don't necessarily want to do because you know it needs to get done. It is a great idea to get a planner that breaks done your days so you can track what you've accomplished verses what still needs to get done.
6. Plan your day the night before
Every night take 10-15 minutes to plan out what you're going to do for the next day. This is beneficial because when you wake up the next morning, you don't have to waste any valuable time feeling confused or unsure of what you need to be doing. You can just wake up and start smashing your goals because you have a clear picture of what you need to do. Plan, plan, plan - For it is the key to success.
Now that you know the 6 habits you should develop in order to be more organized and productive, go get to work, and set yourself up for success!