Disorganization and clutter have long been suspected of negatively impacting our mental health and well-being.
And we often don’t have to look far to see the impact disorganization can have on our personal relationships.
The unorganized schedules, unfinished projects, and never ending to-do lists may be contributing to your stress, anxiety, or depression.
Let’s learn about how to get more organized in life.
How to Get More Organized in Life
What Does an Organized Person Look Like?
An organized person is generally one who is naturally neat, punctual and detail-oriented.
Their habits and behaviours in life are normally ordered, planned and efficient. They often have natural organizational skills that other personality types might have to work a bit harder to develop.
Why Do I Struggle to Organize?
There are many reasons for disorganization including a lack of knowledge or skill, perfectionism, our beliefs about possessions, simple indecision, or potential mental health conditions.
Is it OK to be Unorganized?
Yes it’s perfectly fine and normal to be disorganized. If you naturally live your life amidst a bit of chaos and disarray, you shouldn’t feel pressured to improve this area just because other people may judge you for it.
Sometimes trying to keep your lifestyle in order can be more stressful than just embracing that chaos a little bit. If you want to make lasting changes, do it for yourself.
What are Some Signs of Disorganization?
- Forgetting appointments or deadlines.
- Difficulty keeping a routine.
- Jumping from one task to another, often without finishing any of them.
- Difficulty breaking down long-term projects into smaller ordered steps.
How Can I Become More Organized?
Some Tips for Improved Organization and Productivity:
- Set goals.
- Plan ahead.
- Develop habits and build a routine.
- Prioritize appropriately.
- Create to-do lists.
- De-clutter and simplify.
- Aim for consistency over perfection.
- Embrace your natural tendencies.
- Use a planner or journal.
- Practice self-accountability.
- Limit distractions.
- Keep a clean environment.
- Measure and track your progress.
How Do You Organize When You Are Overwhelmed?
If You Feel Overwhelmed, Here are Some Tips to Organize Your Life:
- Start small.
- Stop hoarding.
- Learn how to put things away.
- Do some virtual cleaning, delete old files.
- Get into a habit of making lists.
- Write things down, use a planner.
- Stop procrastinating.
Why is it so Hard for Me To Declutter?
One reason it can be hard to declutter is because people find security in owning stuff.
If you’re someone who grew up without a lot of things, this can be particularly challenging. You may begin to view the things you own as a security blanket, making it tougher to detach from your possessions.
Are Organized People More Successful?
One of the most often mentioned habits of those who are successful in life is organization. Such organization includes planning as well as setting priorities and goals.
Tips on How to Organize Your Day at Work:
What is the Best Way to Organize Your Work Day?
- Keep a tidy workspace.
- Tackle tasks in order of importance.
- Reduce multitasking.
- Identify and eliminate distractions.
- Find a schedule and stick with it.
- Take your breaks.
- Keep to-do lists.
You can develop the habits of an organized person with time, even if you’re naturally disorganized.
Achievable goals can help you stay focused and productive. As we’ve seen, being organized is all about the way you act.
And being organized doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. You’ll be most successful when you take time consistently to organize your home or workplace.
As you focus more on being organized, your mental health will likely improve. As you work to clear away the clutter and never-ending projects, your brain will rest easier and make it easy for you to feel happier and more relaxed.
Personally speaking, I can attest to the action of becoming (slightly!) more organized in my life has reduced some stressful feelings I hadn’t realized were going on in the background of my brain.
As always I wish you well and hope the best for you, let me know in the comments if it’s something you’ve also struggled with, or tell me some other tips that I’ve missed.