- Make sure you know where things are. The age-old problem of organizing objects comes from putting everything in a nice place, but forgetting where everything is. You’re only human, and rearranging so many things at once makes it too hard to adjust. Wherever you decide to put things to make a place look neater, make sure you can find those things!
- To-do lists are your best friend. It’s hard to completely have a perfectly planned out schedule that dictates every second of everyday, and where’s the fun in that? Rather than keep an entire daily schedule, only have set times for set appointments and keep everything else that you need to do on a to-do list. Writing it all out helps you remember everything that you have to do, and it will not only help you determine what needs to be done, but also show you what’s more urgent. Even if you don’t use it for everything, it’s especially a nice tool to use when you’re stressed and you don’t even know everything you have to do because writing it down helps you relax by making you see that “a lot” may not be that much after all.
- Only do one thing at a time. This rule is important especially if you’re trying to organize several things at once, like your desk and your daily journal. It’s really easy to get overwhelmed by all that you have to do, so the best way to avoid it is to not plan to organize several things at once. Pick one thing to do at a time and stick to it; it’s a lot more efficient and less stressful to finish one thing than to start five things and finish none. The more you finish, the more motivated you’ll be to keep going, and the best way to finish more is to not overwhelm yourself!
- Don’t spend too much time trying to organize. Your time is precious, and organizing takes a lot of that time away. While it is important to be organized, a lot of people I know spend so much time doing so that they miss a lot of things in their lives. Be organized, but don’t dedicate your life to it.
- Not everyone gets organized in the same way. One person might have perfectly labeled notes with different colors, highlights, and post-its, and have labelled drawers for everything, with clothes organized by season and color, but this is not always cut out for everyone. As long as you feel comfortable with your organizational method, and it is not too time-consuming, anything is okay! So don’t feel pressured to pull out that label maker for everything!