In today's society, it seems that everyone is constantly on the go. Between work, school, and family obligations, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. This can lead to chaos and clutter in your home or office space which can make you feel stressed out and overwhelmed.
Do you have a desk drawer that's overflowing with pens, paper clips, and other random items? Is your closet cluttered with clothes (but nothing to wear)? Do you wake up in the morning and find yourself thinking, "I'm so tired"? If any of these sound familiar to you, it may be time to get more organized.
It's no secret that we live in a world of constant distractions. Whether it be the TV, our phones, or just about anything else that has us glued to screens for hours on end every day, there are so many ways to keep ourselves from getting things done. But is it possible to change this pattern without falling into the trap?
It's not that you need to be a neat freak, but the more organized you are, the less stress and headaches you will have. It is easy to get distracted with all of life's responsibilities, but if your home and office space are well-organized, it becomes easier to focus on what needs attention.
1. Make a list of what you need to do today
It looks like today is going to be a busy day. All you need to do is make a list of what needs to be done and prioritize these tasks so that you can keep your sanity from being lost in the chaos. Dealing with the clutter in your life can be difficult to do, but you can use some helpful strategies.
We all have that one day where we feel like there's too much on our plate, and it feels like the world is against us. It might not be a holiday, but you know what I'm talking about. You're stuck at work or school when you should be home with your family.
Your significant other has plans for the weekend and doesn't want to make room for you in their schedule. The kids are sick, so now they need extra attention and care from Mommy or Daddy, who also needs to get groceries, cook dinner, bathe them, put them down for bedtime. It seems like the list of tasks that need to be completed is never-ending.
People have trouble staying organized because they don't know what needs to be done. With a list of tasks written down, it becomes easier to stay on top of your goals and get things done.
2. Prioritize the tasks on the list
A good way to prioritize tasks on a list is to start with the most urgent and important ones. Often, these two factors work against each other because if something is more urgent, then it's not always as important. For example, if you have a deadline for an essay of two days away, this task should be prioritized over one with no deadline but needs some research done first.
It is not always easy to prioritize all of your list tasks when you are feeling overwhelmed. But if you take a moment and focus, it will be easier than ever to get them done and feel accomplished. The first task on the list may not be as important, but it could also be more time-sensitive. To make sure that you are spending your limited time wisely, take a moment to prioritize your daily tasks.
3. Set deadlines for each task
Have you ever been stuck in a loop of never-ending tasks because there was no set deadline? I know the feeling all too well. Every day, it's the same routine: wake up, go to work, come home, and then spend half an hour or more on social media before bed. But with deadlines for each task that I do, not only am I accomplishing so much more, but my days are spent less reproductively.
It is important to set deadlines for each task because it will help you stay organized and track. It's so easy to get distracted when you have a million things going on at once, but with deadlines for every single task, your day-to-day life becomes much more manageable. If you're unsure where to start, try setting one deadline for the morning and another in the evening.
4. Start with the most important task first
We all know that we should prioritize our tasks, but what does this mean in practice? Many people get bogged down with too many tasks and end up doing nothing. The key is to start focusing on the most important task first. It's hard to stay focused on the most important task of the day when there are so many distractions. How do you stay motivated?
It is important to start with the most important task first. Many people make the mistake of starting with less important tasks, and then they end up running out of time for what really matters. That's why it's crucial to prioritize your tasks, work on them in order of importance, and finish each one before moving on to the next.
Take on one task and then move onto the next. The tasks will build upon each other as you progress. This means that completing any one task will help you with all of them, so don't feel like you have to do them in order.
5. Check off completed tasks
If you're anything like me, your to-do list is all over the place. You may have tasks on there that are so far in the future it's not even worth thinking about right now, and others that should be completed as soon as humanly possible.
A few years ago, I decided to start a new project. Many small steps needed to be completed before it could be considered finished with any big undertaking. Crossing items off the list as I completed them helped me stay motivated because I could see how much I had already accomplished.