9 Hacks to Having a More Organized Life
Life is hectic, but it can be tamed. Being more organized is one way to get your life under control.
Most of us would love to have a housekeeper and personal assistant, but it’s not always economically practical. The next best thing is to take the reins and get it done yourself.
Try these ideas to organize your life and find greater control and enjoyment:
1. End your day by making a list.
Avoid going to bed without knowing what you want to do the following day. There’s nothing worse for keeping a handle on your life than waking up without a clue of how to get started.
◦ Set aside 10 minutes each evening to plan out the next day. Make a short list of the most important items that need to be accomplished the following day.
2. Begin your day with that list of important tasks.
Once you’ve climbed out of bed and pulled yourself together, look over your list and get started. As much as possible, avoid doing anything that isn’t on that list. Keep at it until the items on the list have been completed.
3. Pay bills once each week.
Choose a day and time to sit down with your bills and pay them. You’ll never have to pay late fees again, and you’ll stay much more organized. Make a habit of it.
4. Throw away junk mail immediately.
you bring your mail into the house, head straight for the garbage can. Throw away anything you don’t want. Put your bills and anything else you want to keep in the appropriate place.
◦ Misplaced mail and bills can create a lot of challenges. Manage your mail.
5. Spend the last 15 minutes of the day cleaning your office.
Avoid having to start your day in a cluttered space. Spend a few minutes and the end of the day getting organized and decluttered.
You’ll feel better when it’s time to work again.
◦ You’ll find that this habit extends to other rooms in your life, like the kitchen and living room.
6. Look ahead for potential challenges.
Much of the chaos in life comes from unplanned obstacles. Look ahead for the things that might go wrong and have a plan for dealing with them.
scramble around less, and the chaos in your life will be reduced.
7. Clean your car while getting gas.
It’s boring to just stand there while you’re waiting for your gas tank to fill. See how much you can accomplish during that time.
Clean out the trash in your car. Clean your windshield. Your car will be less messy and more enjoyable to drive.
8. Use a wall calendar and make your family use it.
Put up a big wall calendar that everyone in the family can see and use. It’s a lot easier to stay organized this way.
At a glance, you can see everyone’s activities for the month. When something needs to be added, the responsible party can add it. Easy.
9. Delegate. You delegate at work, so you can delegate at home.
You can delegate at home even if you can’t delegate at work. Give each person in the household a responsibility or two.
Ensure that they’re following through. You’ll have a little more free time, too.
A disorganized life finds clever ways of beating you up. You’re constantly stressed and putting out fires.
With a little organization, you can tame a complicated life and enjoy yourself more.
Try making a few small changes and notice the effect it has on your life. Keep making additional changes until you’re satisfied.
You can have a life that you enjoy.
The One Habit Successful People Have That Others Don't
There are lots of habits successful people possess that the rest of the masses don’t. However, there is one that stands out.
Successful people can deal very well with discomfort. Unsuccessful people don’t. Successful people can get themselves to do the things that others don’t want to do.
Interestingly, successful people don’t really want to do them either. They just find a way to do it anyway.
Want to join the successful crowd?
Try this process to increase your ability to deal with discomfort: 1. Start with something easy, but meaningful.
This could be going for a walk, meditating for 20 minutes, or reading each night. Find something that isn’t too challenging but will have a positive impact on your life. 2. Continue until you feel uncomfortable.
Take part in that activity and keep going until you begin to feel uncomfortable. This might take the form of mild physical discomfort, annoyance, boredom, or any other negative feeling. 3. Examine your discomfort.
Now that you’re uncomfortable, notice how it feels. Where do you feel it? How would you rate its intensity on a scale of 1 to 10?
Just notice the physical feeling. What happens after you pay attention to it for a while? 4. Relax and smile.
Now, relax your body, smile, and continue. When you want to quit, repeat the process again. When the urge to quit happens for a third time, allow yourself to stop.
◦ This is powerful. You’re breaking the habit of quitting the first time you feel like stopping.
You’re teaching yourself that you can continue, even when you’re uncomfortable.
◦ This skill will grow. Just keep practicing. 5. Keep building this skill.
Choose a more challenging activity or increase the duration of the current activity. You’ll soon be able to suffer through almost anything with a smile on your face.
Like many things in life, dealing with discomfort is simple, but not necessarily easy.
However, it’s such an incredibly valuable skill to have, it’s worth all the discomfort it takes to develop it.
Can you think of another skill that could be more valuable to have at your command?
There are many everyday applications for this skill: 1. Diet.
Don’t feel like eating those vegetables? Sticking to a diet is dependent on your ability to deal with discomfort, both physical and psychological. 2. Exercise.
It’s hard to get your running shoes on and get out the door. Overcoming this momentary discomfort is a big part of developing an exercise habit. 3. Procrastination.
Procrastination is all about avoiding discomfort. Interestingly, we procrastinate until the pain of not doing it becomes greater than the pain of doing it. 4. Learning.
It’s not always easy to sit down and practice piano, learn calculus, or work on your Russian language skills. 5. Chores.
Chores are great way to practice your discomfort management skills. They need to be done, and they’re usually not too painful.
The applications are endless. All of your current issues could be resolved more easily if you could just overcome the discomfort of implementing the solutions.
If you want to be more successful, it’s important to start doing the things you know you should be doing.
Why don’t you do them? Because you feel uncomfortable at the mere thought of doing them. You can change that beginning today.
Build your ability to overcome discomfort and reach greater heights of success. It’s the most valuable skill you can ever have.
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