5 Simple Hacks to get Super-Organised...even if you have no idea where to start!
“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”
In this post, we are going to talk all things organisation in the everyday with 5 of the simplest hacks that you can start working on right now!
If you’ve been here for sometime now, you know that I have a messy heart and it's easy for me to let things go to chaos, but I'm absolutely obsessed with planning and organizing.
I’m not one of the, “If things are not in their correct place, i’m gonna be grumpy or strangle someone...” - kind of a person.
But, I do love to plan and organize and I work much better with routines and structure, hence, I make it an intention.
So, if you are a Type A person, you are welcome, you will love this one!
If you’re a laid-back person and you just want to get a bit more organized, you’re welcome and I just want to say - I got your back!
Without further ado, let’s get started with 5 ways to organize your life!
1. Have a Brain Dump and Journal everyday:
Before you roll your eyes on this one and move on...wait.
Journals, we all already know, are a powerful method for emotional processing and vital for mental health.
But, I’m gonna tell you here how journals and brain dumps can help us get clarity and get organized in our life.
When we journal or brain dump before planning out our day or week, we get everything out on the table and this makes sure there's nothing lingering in the back of our minds, silently distracting us.
Basically, they help you get the things, whether it be actual tasks, a month-ago-promised coffee with a friend or emotions surface, which help guide you as to how you need to plan your day or week.
You’ll get in touch with how you're really feeling and if you need support, you'll be able to book a lunch or dinner or coffee with a friend.
You’ll remember that there's a long pending task that you have to complete that you'll finally schedule in and get done and you’ll be really proud of yourself.
Basically, when you are aware of what's going on, both in the outside world and inside your head, it becomes a lot easier to get organized about all of the things.
It’s a no-brainer, but I can’t miss this point, so-
Keep a planner/ calendar, whether paper-pen or digital.
It helps you do the “actual organization” piece of it.
When you are aware of what's going on, both in the outside world and inside your head, it becomes a lot easier to get organized about all of the things.
My favourite pen&paper planners are the Tiny Change Undated Planners.
You can start using them any time of the year and they have little, “little-things” type tasks each week and the details that they have added are really cute.
2. Designate days to tasks:
This is an absolute game-changer. They call it Batching or Batchworking and it’s a very effective method of organizing your work and staying focused and productive while doing all of these things.
Batchworking probably needs its own blog post because of how effective and mindblowing the results are, but for now, simply put, you need to designate days to different similar tasks.
Ok, that was an oxymoron, but you get the point, right?
For example, with the blog, I have to write the content, create graphics, put it up on the website (which surprisingly takes time apart from the content writing part!), make and schedule Pins.
So this is how it goes for me; Mondays for writing, Tuesdays for podcast recording, Wednesday for graphics, Thursday for Pins and Friday for Publishing and Social.
You get the idea. This helps me work through all of this without losing my sanity.
And it's not just me, so many of the people that I look upto use this method and swear by it.
Eg. Jenna Kutcher (absolutely love her work!)
3. Before bed, do a quick ‘5 min Cleanse’
This is an amazing low-effort sustainable hack to feel and really be more organized.
The only tough part of it is the follow-through, as with anything else. It’s like the habit of making your bed first thing in the morning, so simple, yet you want to skip it at the time.
But here's what you do:
Every night, before you go to sleep, put a 5 min timer and declutter and clean your desk or room or bed. It's as simple as that.
And this one thing will Change. Your. Life!
You know what, I want you to do this one for even a week and you'll see and feel the difference.
You’ll feel more organized and put-together. Your space will be cleaner and things won't accumulate until you have a mountain of stuff to sort through. And you’ll feel much calmer while going to sleep. It’s actually a great ‘Winding Down’ activity.
4. Before you go to bed, just Pause and Assess
Let me explain.
So often we go to sleep watching a movie or reading a book or just so tired that we don't know when we fell asleep. Pausing for a moment before you sleep gives you the space to breathe and actually assess and consider the things that you did, the good moments, the bad moments. Otherwise, we don't get to take them all in and time just passes on.
But more to the point of this post, it's about when we look at the day and things we got done, the people we connected to and the experiences we had:
We can feel proud of ourselves for showing up and we can tell ourselves that no matter if we thought that ‘it’ wasn't enough, that it was. So, for this, I want you to count your three wins of the day.
We know where there's a scope for improvement, so we get to make that change and do better the next time.
5. Keep a Designated Day to Clean + Organize
Ok, I hear ya...we don't have that kind of time. So - not an entire day, but maybe a day where you schedule in maybe an hour to clean the house or your room and an hour to plan for the future or the week ahead or the month ahead or whatever method of planning it is that you follow.
What this does is, let's say you clean on Sunday mornings, you'll know in your head that it's happening and that'll help you stay calm if you feel overwhelmed by some clutter in the middle of the week.
And more importantly, you can make it a good time; put on some feel good music and get it done.
You’re gonna lose things less often and you're gonna feel much more put-together that way!
So, yeah, write it in...and get it done.
These were the 5 ways to get more organized in life starting today.
You can take one of these things to begin with and you’ll add the others as you get into the habit.
These are simple, effective and high-power tips that will get you there, to being a more organized put-together person that you have set out to be!
Let me know what you think, it makes me so happy to hear you and see what worked and what didn’t for you!