Do you struggle with being organised? Being organised can sometimes be a difficult task; it does not just happen overnight. If disorganisation is congesting your life and you are feeling scattered and frustrated as a result, it’s time to get organised. Our inspiration writer, STELLA FOWEWE writes.
The habit of becoming an organised person may take quite some time to acquire. Remember, not everything works the same way for everyone. It will take time to find out what works best for you. To achieve organisation on the outside, you will need to take steps on the inside by clarifying your priorities, objectives and how you want your belongings and lifestyle arranged.
Organisation takes time, but when you get into the habit of it, life becomes so much exciting. Being organised reduces stress; reduced stress means more joy and peace in life.
Let’s look at some practical ways of becoming a more organised person.
Make to-do lists
It is helpful to write down your daily tasks. Dedicate one day a week where you can write down your errands for that week. Or the night before each day create your list of errands for you to complete the next day
Set realistic goals and objectives
Don’t try to do everything at once. Make the most of your time. Don’t just spend time but invest your time in things that add to life. Remember time is precious and limited. Keep chit chat to a minimum.
This is the most difficult area for most of us because we believe we can do it all. Make sure the person you appoint to do the task has all the tools necessary to carry out the task. Remember that doing them can teach the person (may be a child) not only how to do them but how to address related problems. It’s hard to be organised if you insist on doing everything yourself.
Get rid of things that you don’t need
Consider which of these four options you will do with every item in your house
—Keep it if you use it.
—Give it to someone that needs it if you don’t want it.
—Sell it in a clearance sale or to a friend.
—Throw it away if it’s useless.
Put it back
Establish a habit of putting everything where they are meant to be when you are done. Don’t put it on the kitchen table, on the lounge chair or on the floor, or don’t tell yourself you will put it back later.
Have a specific location for your keys; for instance, a key rack. Put your cell phone in the same place or better yet, get a phone charging station set up.
Learn to say no
Saying no is the hardest rule for many. We are taught to do things for others. If a request line up with your goal and priorities you can say yes, if not you should say no and not feel that you have let someone down – unless it is an emergency.
Procrastination is an enemy of success, posting what you need to do have a way of making you become unorganised. Procrastination is the nail with which failure build their house.
Clutter and disorganisation is often the result of lack of sound decision making. Start flexing your decision muscles with little things, and you’ll soon find yourself more confident about taking action on the stuff around your home, on your desk and in your office.