January is an excellent time to reflect on your current state of affairs and take note of the things you’d like to improve. While most of us start the year out with lofty resolutions and the best of intentions, it often doesn’t take long before reality starts to get in the way. No matter what your resolutions may be, getting yourself organized will help you stick to them.
Take a quick look on Pinterest, and you’ll find thousands of ideas for organizing your home, vehicle, calendar, thoughts, and everything in between. There’s so much out there, in fact, that wading through it all can feel completely overwhelming!
The good news is, you don’t have to do everything at once. These three simple steps can help you get organized and feel more in control of your life.
1. Write Everything Down
One of the best things you can do this year is to stop relying on your memory. Not only does trying to remember everything not help you stay organized, it can cause mental stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Instead, make a habit of writing down everything on your mind. This may include important dates, to-do lists, grocery lists, ideas, and random thoughts.
It’s really a matter of personal preference whether you decide to use a simple pen and paper, beautiful day planner, phone app, or your computer. What’s more important is that you commit to using it every day.
2. Declutter Like Your Life Depends on It
You’ll never feel organized if there’s constantly a bunch of junk in your way. Stop what you’re doing right now and look around you. Do you absolutely need everything you see? If not, start thinking about ways to get rid of some of it.
Set aside a few minutes every day or a few hours once a week to start decluttering your surroundings. If the thought of having a garage sale or selling some of your items online excites you, go for it. Otherwise, donating items to a charity you love can help you feel better about letting them go. The bonus here is making room for things that you really love!
3. Refuse to Procrastinate
When you’re constantly putting things off, you create an unnecessary level of pressure on yourself. Recognize your tendency to procrastinate, and stop it in its tracks before it can wreak chaos on your life.
One of the primary causes of procrastination is feeling like you don’t know where to start.
Instead of putting off difficult tasks, break them down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Start taking care of tasks right away and you’ll be amazed at how quickly things start to fall into place.
Applying these principles to your everyday life is the first step to feeling like you’ve got everything under control. Happy organizing and here’s to a happy, healthy, organized 2018!