Truth be told: every year end we promise that we will be more organized. However, with the rush of the routine that soon returns with the end of the vacation, we ended up leaving the planning part a little aside. This is a habit that everyone should try to break, because organization is the keyword for a more peaceful and orderly life.
Of course, getting off a little of what was planned is always good. But, we have to be careful when we end up losing track of time and the amount of tasks we have to do. To help everyone who always promises but never follows an organized routine, here are some essential tips!
The planner is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to keep your life organized. It works as an agenda, but ends up being more complete as it contains several dividers and functions. Many people end up not following this step because they find expensive planners, but today the market already has some much cheaper options, as I showed you in the post with the best planners of 2019. In addition, nothing prevents you from downloading a planner online and print at home or work!
In my view, having all your tasks noted down in one place is a good way to keep track of everything you have to do. After all, we cannot forget a meeting simply because we forget. Another thing that is interesting to do with your agenda or planner is to set priorities when planning your week, for example. What needs to be delivered more urgently should be done soon and without procrastination.
Nobody wants to start the year thinking about debt, right? For that not to happen, be in control of all your expenses. Some banking apps show how much you spent that month, so keep an eye on these amounts and set a spending limit.
This way, you can “force yourself” to spend less, since you have an established limit (and that is not the credit card!). Some planners come with the financial control function, so don’t think twice about using that part of it. If you want to have a separate paper, Meg & Meg provides a printable version that is free. To see, just click here.
Make lists and checklists
In addition to the planner, always make a chores of what you intend to do that day, and also that week. This scheme of bullet point it’s great for visualizing everything you need to do on a given day and is a way of setting goals for that week. Put on the list everything you believe you can do, without overdoing the activities so as not to generate frustration.
The list is also a way to keep you from being so distracted during the day. We often start doing something, remember another task and stop the previous one to start a new one. This makes you feel no progress, since you are not completing any of your chores. Therefore, always finish what you started before starting a new task!
We use our cell phones so much to connect with other people, so why not use it too for us to stay organized? As it is always in the palm of our hand, it is great to have a virtual calendar with the main commitments of the month.
In that case, one of the best alternatives is Google Calendar. The interesting thing about it is the automatic scheduling of events and meetings that are created by other Google apps, like HangOut. Differentiating activities by color will also make your life a lot easier 😉
Staying focused in disorganized environments is often very difficult. We kept looking at the mess and getting distracted several times to look at objects that are out of place. It may seem silly, but the environment greatly affects our own desire to keep ourselves organized. So always try to keep the rooms clean and tidy.
We also often end up wasting a lot of time looking for documents and papers that are lost in the middle of the mess, so always pay attention to where you will keep each thing. Here on the website you can list a post with tips on organizing your home and another for the office. I’m sure they will help!
Set goals and objectives
It is much easier to do our chores when we know that in the end we will have a reward, right? Considering this, think of dreams that you would like to fulfill and turn them into goals, writing down on paper what you can do to make it come true.
They don’t necessarily have to be big, expensive goals. Having the objective of saving a small amount of money, for example, is already a motivation to save. Another nice goal is to organize your time better so that you have more free time! What about?
To be able to maintain an organized routine, it is not enough to want. It takes discipline until you develop the habit of the organization. Like any new routine, getting used to this one will be challenging, but in the end all the effort made will be worth it.
Want some more help? Write down 10 goals for 2019 in your mobile notebook. They will be your biggest motivation and will remind you of your main goals. Every once in a while, take a look at them and remember why you try to keep an organized routine.
Those were my tips! If you follow an organization routine with other methods, be sure to share it with me here in the comments. Your suggestion can help me and also others who are reading this post 😉