Want to organize your whole life? Check out this post full of easy-to-implement ideas to organize your home, your time and even your free time!
According to the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute:
When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.– Scientists find physical clutter negatively affects your ability to focus, process information
I know organizing can be boring for some people, I used to find it very boring too.
In my case, I used to be organized with my time and homework, but my house used to be a total mess.
Then, due to several life circumstances, I realized how much my mess impacted my mental health.
So, that’s when I decided to get my sh*t together once and for all.
It wasn’t easy, but it certainly was so, so rewarding.
If you wonder “How do I become an organized person?” or “How do I organized my life?” then follow this gold advice from a former mess.
Get your life together with these 46 easy ways every messy person can implement to improve their life, health, and even relationships.
One of the greatest ways to stay on track is to keep updated lists of EVERYTHING.
That’s why I’ve decided to create this looong categorized list of things you can do to stay organized.
46 easy ways to organize your life
Don’t leave your health to chance.
#1 Schedule your workouts
Your workouts have to be on your list on daily priorities. If you haven’t built the habit to work out yet, schedule one hour or two for the next day. Block that time and get ready to start being fit.
#2 Keep a journal
If you want to organize your life, you’ll need to organize your mind first. And journaling can help you do that!
Journaling has so many benefits, it’s unreal. Journaling can help you improve your memory, boost your mood, stay creative, have better ideas and so much more.
#3 Check your personal development plan daily or weekly
If you want to grow consistently and become the best version of yourself, you NEED a personal development plan.
And if you want to stick to it, then you need to check it weekly, if not daily.
Check your plan right before bed to reflect on your day or right after waking up for some good morning motivation!
Want results? Organize your time then!
#4 Use Toggl to track your time
Toggl is a time tracking app that allows you to track your daily activities and provides you with detailed insights about how you spend your time.
This offers you an opportunity to find areas of your life you can improve.
For me, using Toggl religiously for around two months was enough to understand a lot about me, my life and my daily routines and find areas to improve.
#5 Use Google Calendar to block time
Every night before bed, after making a list of everything you need to get done, make time blocks on Google Calendar.
It’s nothing fancy, but it’ll help you organize your life like no other tool.
In order to do so, you’ll need to know how much time it takes you to complete several tasks, and that’s where what you learn from Toggl comes into play!
You don’t need to stick to it like a perfect machine, but it’ll give you structure and help you get things done.
#6 Use Asana or Trello to organize big or complicated projects
These tools may seem intimidating and complicated at first, but when you master them they can make your life so much easier.
I use Asana to manage the content creation process for my blog and it’s made a world of a difference.
On the other hand, I use Trello to register and track personal goals. It makes me feel inspired and helps me work smarter towards my goals.
I highly recommend you try both to see which one is best for you!
#7 Make lists of everything
- Shopping lists
- To-do lists
- Things I’m grateful for lists
- Birthday gift ideas lists
You name it.
Keep lists of everything and let your brain do heavy work, instead of using it to remember mundane stuff.
This simple yet effective technique will help you organize your life AND your thoughts as well.
#8 Wake up early
Waking up early, between 5-6 a.m. is a life-changer.
When you wake up before the sun rises, you’ll be able to enjoy some quiet time to journal, reflect, read or meditate and set the tone for an organized, great day.
Read more: 75 bad habits that are screwing your life up
#9 Get better sleep
Some people believe that skipping sleep to work or study is a badass move.
However, there’s nothing further from the truth.
So, if you want to get the most out of your day, you need to make enough room for good-quality sleep.
#10 Plan your day the night before
Don’t let the sun come up without knowing your top 3 priorities for the day.
Facing a new day without being clear about what you need to get done and what you’d like to do can only make you feel lost and hurt your growth.
#11 Mind how much time it takes you to do different things
Being aware of how long you like your showers to be, how many pages a day you need to read to finish a book in a week or how long it takes you to style your hair can literally change your life.
Knowing this about you and your routines will help you become better at planning your time and, of course, avoid getting stressed out all the time.
#12 Keep a record of what’s working and what’s not
Once you’ve started using different apps like the ones I recommended above or any other system you like, be aware of how much it’s actually helping you (or not).
That way, you’ll be able to build a custom system that works for you!
#13 Build a habit stacking routine
Thanks to habit-master James Clear, I learned about how to build new habits by taking advantage of old ones.
Essentially, if you want to build new habits (or are overwhelmed by the number of daily habits you have) place them one right before or after the other.
#14 Have a trash can near your desk
Don’t let your desk become a mess. Remember mess = stress.
Keep a trash can near you so you can throw away the trash immediately, instead of keeping it around you.
#15 Use a binder to manage projects
This applies especially to learning, and particularly if you’re learning on your own with free resources you find on the Internet.
When I realized I wanted to start a blog and started soaking in all the information available, I almost quit.
It was so, so much to handle, but I was so sure I wanted to give it a go that I decided to keep going.
But, I knew that if wanted to make progress, I needed some kind of structure to organize my notes and classes. And that’s how I decided to use something I’d never used before: a binder.
I started pouching my notes and organizing them into categories and that made the world of a difference.
(That binder weights around 10 pounds now.)
#16 Keep a pen holder stocked with good pens
There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to catch an idea on paper and losing it because you didn’t have a functioning pen at hand.
Keep a nice tall mug or a real pen holder close to you while you’re working or reading.
#17 Have an updated weekly planner
Keep a weekly spread with a simple layout next to you to schedule tasks on the fly.
I designed a simple weekly planner and keep it taped to the surface of my table where I work every day.
Whenever something I need to do pops into my head I simply schedule it on my paper planner. Then, before bed, I check all my notes and organize my tasks on Google Calendar.
#18 Keep a journal near you
A journal is necessary to practice journaling (duh!), but it’s also key to keep one around at all times to take notes of everything.
Personally, I keep a single one that lasts around 5-6 months where I write recipes, ideas, movies I want to watch, little reminders and even to manage my freelance work.
#19 Unsubscribe from lists
We’ve all been guilty of making it a habit to delete mail before even reading it because we already know we’re not at all interested.
Instead of doing that leaving it unread on your inbox (worse), simply unsubscribe from lists.
You’ll feel a lot better knowing that the messages you do get are important to you.
#20 Delete emails
Delete email you know you’re not going to read as well as those you’ve read but don’t need to archive.
Keeping your inbox organized and clean is a form of decluttering and will help you feel much more at ease.
Use Jason Savard Gmail extension for Chrome – https://jasonsavard.com/de-DE/about?ref=GmailCheckerOptionsMenu
#21 Unfollow people on Instagram that don’t add value to your life
#22 Clean the folders on your computer regularly
#23 Use Google Drive or Dropbox
Forget about losing work or important documents: Store your files, pictures and even work on Drive (which I prefer) or Dropbox.
Create folders to keep them organized and access them wherever you go.
#24 Use Gmail tags
#25 Keep useful apps at sight
Organize your phone home screen and keep there only those apps that actually help you stay organized.
#26 Make your bed as soon as you wake up
Making your bed makes you feel accomplished (you completed your first task of the day, yay!), makes your home look more organized and, if you work from home, it’ll decrease your desire to tuck yourself in bed.
Make it as soon as you wake up! Leaving it for later increases the chances of leaving it unmade.
#27 Use glass or transparent containers to store food on your fridge
Keeping a kitchen or fridge organize can be a titanic task.
However, if you use glass or transparent containers you’ll be able to see what’s inside and won’t forget about stored food so easily.
#28 Put labels on everything
#29 Wash your dishes as you use them
Don’t let dishes pile up.
#30 Forget about “laundry day”
Instead of designating a single day of the week to do your laundry, try doing it as soon as you have enough dirty clothes to wash instead.
This will prevent it from piling up and if you don’t feel like doing laundry on a given Sunday, that’ll be no problem!
#31 Get storage containers only when you really need them
Don’t create more clutter by buying more stuff you don’t need. Declutter first, get storage containers (if needed) second.
#32 Plan decluttering sessions regularly
Plan decluttering sessions every 3, 6 or 12 months.
In order for it to be as effective as it can be, plan these sessions according to the size of your home and the amount (and age) of people who live in it.
#33 Use the Pomodoro technique
Use the Pomodoro technique (focusing on a single task for 25 minutes straight) to finish specific house chores like organizing the mess, doing the dishes or doing some express cleaning on your bathroom.
#34 Keep an updated grocery shopping list of what you need to buy
And don’t go grocery shopping without it.
#35 Designate a single day of the week to go grocery shopping
Running to the grocery store every two days to get silly things is everything but time-effective.
#36 Keep track of how much food you really eat
We’ve all been guilty of getting more vegetables than we actually eat (with the best of intentions) to finally find them rotten in the back of the fridge.
If you want to increase your vegetables or fruit intake, do so little by little.
#37 Plan your meals in advance
I love checking recipes on Pinterest and planning them for the week.
By doing so, I know exactly what I need to get from the store and I’ve also managed to widen the range of dishes I can cook.
Use post-its on your fridge to keep inventory
#39 Keep track of your income and expenses using Toshl
Use this wonderful and beautiful app to keep track of your money.
#40 Design a savings plan and stick to it
I know it’s easier said than done. But if you want to save real money, you need a plan.
#41 Check your balance regularly
Avoid surprises and inconveniences.
#42 Learn everything you need to know about credit
That’ll help you keep your debt on track.
ENTERTAINMENT & FREE TIME
#43 Keep a list of movies you want to watch
Ever spent precious minutes of your free time searching Netflix for something good to watch? Well, forget about that!
#44 Take notes of new restaurants you want to try
Don’t stick to the same restaurant every time. Try new things once in a while!
#45 Keep a list of books you want to read
Use Goodreads to make it and also to get recommendations based on books you’ve read and loved.
#46 Keep a log of new hobbies you’d like to explore
Don’t waste time wondering what you’d like to learn or explore next!
For me, it’s hard to believe there hard people out there who aren’t interested in organizing their lives.
An organized life has so many benefits: it gives you time to devote to people and projects you care about, to rest more, and to enjoy what you do more because you don’t need to be in a rush 24/7.
Organize your life today and you’ll start seeing results TOMORROW.
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Plus, I’d love to know how you keep your life organized (if you do) or what are the challenges you face when trying to fix the mess!