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Life eventually gets on top of all of us to the point where it feels like we’re in a real mess. We go to bed at different times each night, stumble out of bed at different times in the morning, take showers when others are going to bed, pay bills late, forget all about that meeting we had with our friend, and so on.
Organising your life when it’s already got out of control can be exhausting. Moreover, some of us just aren’t born organised! The best thing to do in this scenario is to model people who were born to organise and mimic their habits. In this article, we’ve gathered together 10 of their best tips for organising your life better. Let’s take a look!
Write Things Down
You could try and remember everything in your head, from your best friend’s birthday to a job interview, but your head will eventually get a little bit muddled. It just isn’t the best at remembering all the details!
It’s better to write things down. The best organisers don’t live inside their heads; they carry a pen around with them and they just numbers and dates down. It isn’t magic that they remember everything – it’s just plain common sense.
If you’re likely to lose the notes you’ve written down, you could use a computer or a smartphone instead. There are lots of apps you can download for this sort of thing.
Have you ever lost a really important document because your computer messed up? I sure have. It’s really frustrating! Although you’ll get sympathy from me, you won’t get sympathy from your colleagues who love to waste no time telling you that you “should have backed it up.”
Yup, from now on it’s time to start backing everything important up, from your photos to your financial records and files.
A lot of us dislike deadlines at work, especially when it’s something like a 24 hour deadline. It puts us under pressure and makes us work harder – but that’s the whole point!
When you have no deadlines, you’re not accountable to anyone. Therefore, you don’t exactly spend your time getting organised.
Holding yourself to some deadlines will help you stay more productive. You’ll get everything done double quick and your cluttered life will suddenly start looking a lot cleaner.
A lot of people will tell you to never procrastinate. “Procrastination is bad!” they’ll say. “Disable Facebook!” they’ll advise.
But procrastination is going to happen at some point or another, and it’s better that you admit this and procrastinate productively.
What we mean by this is that you schedule your day so that you actually include a few minutes here and there for procrastination. Let’s say you’ve planned to clean for an hour followed by ten minutes of procrastination. This sort of planned procrastination is much more productive than spontaneously procrastinating ten minutes into your cleaning hour.
Plan your day so that your tasks are separated by short blocks of procrastination, but make sure that you limit your time. Once your ten minutes of flicking through Facebook is up, it is up.
And don’t get into an online chat during your ten minute break as this will keep you there for longer!