In my crazy life, there is NO room for disorganization. I’m balancing a full-time job, an online business, and a pretty full social life, so I need to stay on top of organization. For those of you with a lot going on in your lives (plus multiply that if you’ve got kiddos!) then you totally know what I’m talking about. For those of you struggling to stay organized despite a SUPER busy life, make sure to check out these 8 habits of highly organized people, and hopefully, you’ll be able to incorporate them into your own life!
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HABITS OF HIGHLY ORGANIZED PEOPLE
They Write Things Down
I know from personal experience that a task is more likely to get done if I write it down somewhere. In fact, there’s almost NO chance I’m not getting it done if it’s not on a list. Organized people take advantage of to-do lists and planners to organize their life and ensure they’re staying on top of all tasks. I have a slight obsession with to-do lists, and sell plenty in my shop!
And it definitely doesn’t have to be a paper planner or to-do list! There are TONS of awesome apps out there you can use to stay on top of your to-do list. Something as basic as the Apple Reminders app works. My current fave is Todoist (<—use that link and get two free months of premium).
They Tackle One Task At a Time
I used to think I was a really good multitasker. I’ve always juggled a lot of things going on at once in my life, so I thought that was something I had down.
Except, it turns out there’s no such thing as multitasking. Your brain simply can’t give that kind of focus to two things at once. So when you THINK you’re multitasking, you’re either switching back and forth between two things (which is a huge waste of time because of all the time you’re spending in transition) or you’re completely failing at one of the things you THINK you’re doing. And that’s when things seriously start to fall through the cracks.
Organized people know this, and so they give ALL their attention to the task at hand before switching to the next task.
Your surroundings play a HUGE factor in determining your productivity. Seriously, I can feel my productivity start to slip when I’m trying to get anything done in a cluttered workspace. Seriously, clutter stresses me out and I just won’t be able to focus.
When you’ve minimized and created a clean, minimal work environment for yourself, you’ll find it WAY easier to stay organized and focused on what is in front of you.
Plus you’ll be less likely to lose tons of time shuffling through piles of stuff to find what you’re looking for. There’s just no downside!
They Plan Ahead
Organized people know what’s coming. I love my daily to-do lists, but sometimes I need a slightly wider scope of what to plan for in order to stay organized. At the beginning of each week, I like to have at least a general idea of what I’m planning to get done each day, if not a specific breakdown of all the tasks for each day. It just makes it easier to plan when I’m planning more than just one day at a time.
I love the weekly planner in my Etsy shop for that! It’s super simple and allows you to quickly plan out the essentials for your week.
They Utilize Tools
Organized people aren’t doing it all on their own. They’ve found tools to fuel and streamline their organization. For some, it might be online tools while others might prefer a paper planner to stay organized. Either way, organized people have learned to utilize the tools available to them.
When it comes to bigger picture business planner, my go-to is Asana. Asana is an awesome project and task management system that allows you to create organize individual projects or your entire business. Pretty much everything I do in my business is organized in Asana!
They Set Priorities
Organized people know how to identify priorities and stick to them. Picture this: you’re sitting at your desk, knowing you need to knock a few things off the to-do list today. You’re not feeling particularly motivated, so you choose a few of the easy, nonessential items and knock them each out in a few minutes. And then by the end of the day, you haven’t really accomplished your most important tasks! Sure, it might feel good to cross those things off the list, but are those real priorities? Instead of ordering your tasks by which are easiest, order them by the level of priority so you’re knocking the essential tasks out first, even if they’re more time-consuming.
They Know When to Say No
Organized people can acknowledge when their plate is full and know to say no when appropriate. We all only have so much time in the time jar and organized people know that overflowing the time jar is counter-productive, not to mention can have a negative effect on your mental health! I have always been (and still am to an extent) pretty uncomfortable with saying no, so I understand what a challenge it can be for people. But the more time you spend saying YES to those around you and their priorities, the more you’re really saying NO to your own priorities.
They Start The Day Organized
Organized people start the morning on the right foot. (Confession: this is where I struggle the most!) It’s important to start the day in a positive mindset, whether that means working out, meditating, journaling, or something as simple as enjoying a quiet breakfast and a cup of coffee. And once it’s time for the workday to start, organized people are always checking in on their to-do list right away.
BEFORE YOU GO
Staying organized isn’t always easy, but seriously life goes SO much more smoothly when you do! Adopting these habits is sure to help you do that. Leave me a comment and let me know how YOU stay productive!
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