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You are not born super-organised, you will need to cultivate healthy habits, which will help to keep you organised. So, good news for you, you can learn to become even more organised than you thought possible.
Productive people are successful people; they do this by being organised that can be you. When you think about being organised, it doesn’t mean you have to be up at 6am, multiple planners, colour coded charts, sticky notes etc., you can make small positive habits that will help you to have a more organised life.
When you organise all areas of your life, it will boost your productivity to enable you to be more successful. Being a more organised person does not just improve your chances of success, but also it helps to reduce stress, improves sleep, helps you to live a more balanced lifestyle, improves your relationships, helps you stick to goals and much more. You want to reap all of these benefits (I mean of course you do!) and you can with the help of these 30 habits.
Here are 30 popular habits of organised people that you should start practising:
1. Use To-Do Lists
To-do lists are a small habit that can make a huge difference to your organisational skills. Having that beautiful notebook to keep your to-do lists in is important because you need to like where you store them, as this will help you to stick to using them effectively. Writing all your tasks in a list makes them seem more manageable, help you to stay focused and to hold you accountable.
2. Automate Bills And Savings
Being on top of your bills can help you to feel organised. Automating all your bills will allow you to pay all of your bills on time as well as your savings. This action takes little effort, but saves you so much time.
Prioritising your tasks is important as you can allocate resources and focus on the most important tasks with the closest deadlines. This habit helps you to avoid missing tasks.
4. Take Time Out For Self-Care
You don’t need to be just physically organised; you also need to be mentally organised as well. Allocating time in your day and week for you to practise self-care is vital to avoid a burn out.
5. Declutter Regularly
Clearing and tidying your space regularly helps you get rid of those loose papers, file paperwork and donate your unwanted items will help keep your home and workspace organised and free from distractions.
6. Set Goals
Setting goals helps to motivate you, challenge you and to become successful. Your goals give you focus and can keep you organised.
7. Aware Of How To Destress
Balancing all areas of your life can be stressful at times. It is healthy to understand when you are feeling stressed and techniques that help you to relax and bring you a sense of calm.
8. Regularly Check Emails And Letters
Keeping up-to-date with your emails and letters means that you be aware of upcoming bills, notices or events that you need to be aware of. This stops your emails and letter correspondences building up.
9. Set Routines
The human body thrives on routine, especially during times of unpredictability, uncertainty and stress. Setting routines gives you a sense of control. You know what you need to do at what time that improves your organisation.
10. Know When To Ask For Help
You cannot do it all; learning when to ask for help is a strong asset. It stops you from becoming overwhelmed and burning out. People around you will want to support you and it means that you will have more time to do other tasks.
11. Know How To Beat Procrastination
Procrastination can reduce your productivity and success. Learning what your distractions are what motivates you to push forward can be a strong habit to practise.
12. Write Everything Down
Relying purely on your memory is not productive and can mean that you forget important information. When you write things down, you are holding yourself more accountable and likely to achieve the tasks.
Prepping the night before can save so much time the next morning e.g. trying to pick outfits and packing a bag etc. it means that you wake up and feel ready for the day and do not waste time being unproductive. Also, it could mean a few more minutes in bed – a win-win!
14. Good Time Management
Planning out your time effectively allows you to achieve all the tasks you need to without being overwhelmed or missing deadlines. Using a schedule or planer would improve your time management.
15. Unsubscribe From Unwanted Emails
You can get so many unwanted emails which hit your inbox on a daily basis, not only is it frustrating, but it can stop you from noticing new, vital emails you need. Regularly unsubscribing or blocking unwanted emails can save you time and keeps your inbox organised.
16. Have A Cleaning Routine
Putting a daily, weekly and monthly cleaning routine for you home in place can be helpful for you to organise you time. It helps you to ensure that your home is maintained at a level of cleanliness at all times and no place is forgotten.
17. Keep A Password Book
Having all your passwords written down safely can help you stay organised especially when you have multiple email and social media accounts. When you have all your passwords written down, you can then record the date that you last changed them. You should regularly change your passwords to protect yourself online.
18. Have A Weekly Planning Session
Having one day in the week (Sunday is usually popular) where you can plan your upcoming week is essential. Using a paper or digital planner allows you to fill in your appointments, to-do tasks and social events for the week. This enables you to start a week knowing exactly what needs to happen.
19. Meal Prep
Whether this is batch cooking for the week, prepping your meals the night before, or just having a meal list for the week, all of these methods help to save time and save you ordering a takeaway.
20. Keep A Tidy Workspace
If you work from home or in an office, it is equally important to keep your workspace tidy and free from clutter. Having a clear workspace allows you to work without immediate distractions and you are able to out your hand on any files or information you may need. A tidy space means a tidy mind.
21. Clean The Kitchen Every Evening
You do not need to deep clean the kitchen every evening, but simply clearing away your dinner plates and pans will save you time the following day. You will also not wake up to a smelly kitchen!
22. Keep Tote Bags In Your Car Or Bag
Having a tote or reusable bag in either your handbag or car will help you to save money on buying plastic bags and you are helping the planet by being more sustainable.
23. Prep The ‘Launch Pad’
The ‘launch pad’ refers to the area you visit before you leave the house; this could be a unit by the door or your kitchen table i.e. the place where you will often leave your keys, bag and maybe your work documents. If you make sure that the evening before everything is there, this can make leaving the house much easier and quicker.
24. Use A Planner System Or Bullet Journal
There are a lot of different planner systems on the market that is tailored for everyone. Digital or paper based planning systems help you to plan and keep track of all areas of your life. If you are looking for bullet journal information, I have a complete guide to bullet journal set ups.
25. Declutter Your Purse/Wallet/Bag Regularly
Removing, filing or recycling receipts can help keep your purse, wallet or bag clear from clutter.
26. Designate A Laundry Day
Having a certain day allocated to doing your laundry helps you to stick to a routine; it can also be really beneficial when you have a big family to be able to keep on top of the washing.
27. Organise Your Wardrobe
When you have an organised wardrobe, whether that is by colour, size or garment type, it can make finding those outfits much more efficient. It also looks so much more appealing and inviting.
28. Spend 15 Minutes A Day Tidying Up
15 minute clean ups are designed to maintain a room. Having a quick cleaning session in a room several times a week will keep your home looking and smelling great between more intense cleans.
29. Make Your Bed Every Morning
By making your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a sense of pride and will encourage you to do more tasks.it reinforces the fact that small things in life matter.
30. Shop Mindfully
Shopping mindfully simply means thinking twice before making a purchase. This means that you are more likely to buy less and make better choices. This is a really helpful habit when you are trying to declutter your home.
These are just 30 small habits that you can start practising in your life that are going to make you more organised and therefore more productive.
Do you consider yourself to be an organised person? I’d love to hear in the comments.