Want to Keep Your Life Organized ? It’s a rare person among us who doesn’t feel the need to get more organized. I consider myself fairly organized. For example, but there are times when I get a little lax about my organizational rules, and there’s always room for improvement. And if you’re already organized chances are, you like to read about others’ organizational systems.
As such, there should be something for everyone on this list.
3 Most Important Tasks to Keep Your Life Organized. Writing down and making mental note of my top 3 tasks to get done for the day. Everything else seems to fall into place if I do that.
An easy and workable task list, our to-do list. While I love all of these handy web 2.0 apps, computer software, very neat gadgets like palms and really cool cell phones, they just don’t work for me. I’m a lazy woman, with an even lazier attitude. I might put a task in Remember the Milk, another task in my palm, one in my Gcal and send another text to my phone. With all of these different ways of doing things, I end up spending much more time trying to organize my to-do list, or consolidate it, that I don’t get much actually done.
Keep ubiquitous capture device. It might not be the same device for every location (I have a Moleskine for work, but use my mobile for inspiration on the fly) but just being able to write stuff down when you think about it is key for me.
Choose one tool and stick with it.
Do one thing at a time.
Do it now.
Make use of the word no.
Use the recycling bin/trash basket. Organizing unnecessary items is wasted energy. It is amazing how much more in control I feel just by ridding myself of now outdated articles I’d like to read “someday,” or countless meeting notes from which relevant action items have already been extracted.
A (good) place for everything, and everything in its place. By finding places that are easy to get to for all the things I use most often, and places that are pretty easy to get to for the things I use less often, I spend less time dreading doing things and more time actually doing things. And the place for things you never use is elsewhere (trash can, a place that accepts donations, etc.).
Simplify, simplify, simplify!
Put it away now. The single, simplest thing I do to stay personally organized is to put whatever tool, item, clothing, bag, hairbrush etc., away immediately after using it. I always know where everything and anything is so I never waste time looking for something. Very efficient. I could tell a stranger where to find anything in my home.
Keep a to-do list that syncs with your mobile phone (so you can add stuff as and when you remember it). And make sure every item has a due date.
Change. It obsoletes unimportant things and it brings down any method or idea that isn’t timeless. It brings up newer and more important things that you and others can’t resist anymore. Best of all: it’s an organizing tool that operates itself. You simply have to embrace it.
Divide the material into red, yellow, blue and green plastic file folders. For example, anything that has to be done today (paperwork to be given to a client, bills to be mailed) go in the red folder. Contact material or anything related to customer field support goes in the yellow folder. Your mileage may vary as to how you organize your briefcase, and like me, you may also have project-specific manilla file folders as well, but dividing stuff up into just four colour coded folders is a huge help.
Unapologetically take control of your time and priorities.
Sort at the source. the favouriteganizational tool is my post office box. I visit it once a week (usually Saturday), stand at the counter in the lobby and sort my mail. I use P.O.’s trash bin. What comes into my house is only what I need to have. Bills and letters and checks go into my inbox (which by the way is a box with a lid that is wrapped in lovely fabric and has a yellow bow on it so it looks like a present sitting on my desk). Reading material on the table by my chaise lounge which is where I do all my reading.