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General Organization - Just Getting Organized

General Organization

It takes some discipline to become an organized person and actually create the habits that you want to create to have an organized home and personal life. 

But it's definitely possible for absolutely anyone to become organized and build a habit of being an organized person. 

I've always considered myself to be super organized. That is, until I started really going through my house room by room and organizing everything. 

While everything had a home, it was disorganized. So when someone else came to my house, my space looked neat and tidy, but in my head it was totally disorganized and chaotic. 

So I created a brand new organization system in my house and finally got rid of what seemed like a chaotic environment in my house. 

What do you need to do become an organized person?

You Need to Organize Your Space

The space that you live in needs to have some sort of organization. I know that you are here on this blog because you want more organization in your space. 

Sometimes the best way to start can be to just start decluttering

Or you can start going room by room to declutter and organize

Either way, you need to find a system that works for you. And then just start working on organizing your space. 

You Need to Organize Your Finances

Create a system with your money to track it. Create a budget so that you know where your money is going. 

When you have organized finances, your money situation also becomes easier. 

You Need to Organize Your Mind

You think over 100,000 thoughts a day! But you can also create an organizational system in your mind. 

Sometimes this can mean doing meditation.

Sometimes this can mean journaling. 

Sometimes this can mean planning out your day, week, month. 

Sometimes this can mean reading a book. 

It doesn't matter what organizing your mind means to me, it matters what it means to you and how you go about organizing it. 

You Need to Become a Planner

You may be against being a planner, but if you want a more organized life, you are going to need to become a planner. 

I have tried all kinds of paper planners, but never found one that really worked well for me for more than a week, except for a plain, old notebook. Just writing down what I need to do each day has worked the absolute best for me with getting things done. 

I also use Google Calendar for scheduling things in advance, but make sure they also make it on to my paper planning and have reminders from my calendar set up. 

Habits of an Organized Person

Show Up Early

An organized person will always show up early, not just on time, but early. 

When you are pressed for time with getting somewhere, the more stress that puts on you. But when you are organized and plan ahead to be early, you allow time for last minute things you didn't plan for, and you have clearer thinking going into whatever you are doing. 

All it takes it setting your alarm 10-15 minutes early; leaving 10-15 minutes earlier than you thought you needed to. It gives you that wiggle room in case you hit that red light or something else traffic related happens. 

Write it Down!

I've always been one to write things down. While I may forget to bring my grocery list to the store with me, since I wrote it down, I tend to remember almost everything on it. 

I do pride myself on my memory and being able to remember most things. But I also make sure that I write down almost everything. 

Just the act of writing something down helps your brain remember it 90% better. It just gets stored in your brain a different way when you write it down with pen and paper, than just trying to remember every little thing. 

Create a Plan

One of the ways to become a more organized person, as noted above, is to create a plan. 

When you create a plan, it's much easier to know exactly what you need to do. And when you couple creating a plan with writing everything down, you are well on your way to becoming an organized person. 

One Thing at a Time - Stop Multi-Tasking!

Many of think we can multitask and get more things done in less time. But usually this means that you have to go back and do something over again because something was done half-assed by trying to do too many things at once. 

When you focus on just one thing, you have less chance of being overwhelmed and adding more chaos to the situation. 

Use the Pomodoro Technique

Most people have heard of the pomodoro technique, but if you haven't you should definitely go check it out. 

I've found that I need to use the pomodoro technique when I'm really procrastinating in getting something done or I'm using the analysis paralysis excuse of not knowing where to start. 

Sometimes I use the 25 minutes working, 5 minute break system and other times I use the 53 minutes working, 7 minute break system. But every time, just setting that timer always works for me to help me just get going. 

Declutter Often

Yes it's kinda hard to get rid of things, especially things that you think you are going to use in the future. But an organized person is always decluttering and keeping their space neat and tidy from clutter. 

I like to keep a box for items that I stumble upon that need to be donated. Then when the box gets full, I take it to the second hand store to donate it. 

If the items in the box haven't been used in more than 6 months, then I most likely won't be using it, so I'm going to donate it. 

Everything has a Home

Everything in your living space should have a home of it's own. This makes it much easier to clean up at the end of a day and can take you mere minutes to clean up your home should someone need to come to your house or you need to host something at your house. 

Plus you will also know how to find just about anything now, because all of your belongings have a home. 

Ask for Help

Asking for help isn't always something that is easy for most people, myself included. 

I've always learned that you need to be able to do everything yourself before you can ask for help. 

Asking for help doesn't make you weak, it actually helps you realize where you need assistance and that you are a much stronger person just for asking for help. 

Set and Achieve Your Goals

Are you the kind of person who sets goals on January 1 of every year and then those goals are forgotten by February 14? 

An organized person will set and achieve their goals on a regular basis. 

I personally like to set goals for the whole year. Then I set goals for the month. Then I set goals for the week. And then I also set goals for each individual day.

Most of my goals all roll up into the yearly goals I have set. But since I break them down so much further, I get so much more accomplished because I'm always working to achieve a goal or two or three. 

Clarissa has a really good post to help you set your money goals, if money is where you really want help with your goals. 

Learn to Say No

You don't always have to say yes to everything. Sometimes people ask you just out of the courtesy of asking. 

Some people have a hard time saying no to people, because they don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. 

But more often than not, you have your own life to think about and it really is okay to say no.

It's not being selfish or inconsiderate, it's putting you and your needs first. 

You need to realize that organized people aren't born organized. They choose to be organized because it is something that is created. 

You could be struggling to become a more organized person, even after reading and implementing the tips in this post. 

But just remember this is a system that you get to create in your life and home. You get to make this system as personalized as you want to. 


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