Whether it’s about your home or your career, being organized is the key to success. A well-organized person knows just how to manage their time, and dealing with mental and physical clutter before it piles up is a good way to make sure we’re never overwhelmed. Of course, we live in a very chaotic world today, and between all the rushing, the stress, and the chaos, it’s quite difficult to actually accomplish what you set out to do. Well, that’s why we’re here. Anyone who wants to learn how to be more efficient and productive can absolutely do it, and we can show you how.
For some tips on how to start getting your life in order and become incredibly productive, read on.
Make a plan and write it down
Standing up and vaguely announcing that, starting tomorrow, you intend to turn your whole life around, isn’t the best way to go about anything. To be effective you need a plan, and that plan needs to be clear, precise, and above all, simple. Small, easy steps to fill out your day and make sure you get everything done. Get a planner and write all of it down because having a physical evidence of your intentions is a powerful motivator, and it helps you put your thoughts into action. You’ll also have a good overview of everything and that way you can tackle the list more easily.
When you come into the office, do you really have to check your emails right away or is there something more important that you should be focusing on? Get the big things out of the way first, and don’t multitask. Don’t stop to check your inbox every half an hour, and don’t get bogged down by small details. Finish what’s right in front of you, and then move on to the next thing.
Get up early
Even if you’re not a morning person, getting up early is usually one of the defining characteristics of hardworking, organized people. You’ll simply have more time to do everything, and you’ll be able to do it in relative peace and quiet of the morning. Of course, for this to work, you need to have a steady sleeping schedule. Get up and go to bed at the same time every day (even on weekends) and you’ll start establishing a healthy cycle.
Never put work before family
As we’ve explained, prioritizing is important, and there’s no bigger priority than your family. Your planner can actually be used to schedule in some bonding time with your kids or your partner, so don’t be afraid to use it for that purpose.
Be a role model for your kids
Yet another reason why being organized is so important – it will teach your kids how to manage their own time. If you keep giving them advice while your own life is messy and you’re constantly distressed, it’s not very likely they’ll listen to you. They learn by following your example, and by simply spending more time with you.
So, be around to help them with their schoolwork and teach them a few tricks – how to focus, how to highlight important parts of the text, which tools they can use. Show them sites like Think Swap where they can exchange study material and WACE notes with other students if they’re preparing for their exams. You can also show them sites like Khan Academy, which has a ton of free classes and videos on various topics. Basically, show your children your own passion for knowledge and how good you are at managing your time, and let them pick up your skills simply by watching you.
Be strict about clutter
A clean, neat space makes for a very neat mind, and clutter is one of the biggest obstacles in modern day living. We simply own too many things that we don’t know what to do with, and they all lie around our house, taking up valuable space. To deal with clutter, you’ll need some determination and a simple process. Find three clear spaces on your floor and mark them each with ‘keep,’ ‘donate,’ and ‘throw away.’ Start with your closet, then move onto books, then other parts of the house.
Always be on time
If you’re late for one thing, you’ll be late for all the rest of them during the day. Sticking to your schedule is a way to be respectful not only of your own time, but of everybody else’s time. No one likes that one person that they always have to wait for, and if there’s one thing that employers are not likely to forgive, it’s tardiness.
Start with small things that will slowly build up to your bigger goal. You don’t have to turn your life around overnight, but you can take one small step each day until you become efficient, productive, and ultimately happy.
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