Feeling a mess? Yeah I hear ya.
There are times in life where you just feel like everything is all over the place. Your house is a mess, your diary is a mess, your bag is a mess and you can’t find any clothes to wear for work. You’re a mess mate. It happens. I haven’t posted a blog post for almost a month and half (naughty), and it’s because I just need to get my shit together and be more organised.
Actually this state of being in a mess can leave you feeling pretty crappy. Sometimes you feel bit lost, and that things aren’t in order. I’ve been away from my blog because I’ve actually had writers block- unusual for me, but I feel a bit all over the place at the moment and not that organised when it comes to blogging so I haven’t been able to write. I decided then to just have a break until I figure it out, which incidentally, I finally have!
Personally I’m a bit of an organisation freak and I’m always trying to declutter, rearrange things and put more of my life onto a spreadsheet. I’m a bit of a Monica like that, so when I’m not feeling that organised, a feel bit stressed to be honest! I do think there are times where you just need to step away and take some time out from things, maybe just to stop thinking or overthinking for a while but ultimately having some sort of order to your life can help you be more productive, can ease the stress and can make you feel happy, fulfilled and like you are making movements to achieving something.
So here are 8 ways I believe can help you get your life organised.
Make a spreadsheet… or two
I bloody love excel. My life is on excel. My budget planning, my outgoings, my to do list at work (conditionally formatted), my blog plan, everything really! Many people don’t know just how much excel can do, but it is seriously an amazing tool that can help you collate information. It’s great for tracking progress, creating tables that are easy to read and its so useful in planning. Start to jot down your ideas on there, and eventually you will have the most amazing spreadsheet that will at least make you look like you’ve got it together… even if you haven’t.
This is probably one of my favourite things to do. One would wonder how I still have so much to throw out when I declutter regularly. My mum is always coming into my room saying ‘one day you’ll get your room the way you want it’ because I’m always trying to sort it out and declutter! I’ve just started reading Marie Kondo’s ‘The life changing magic of tidying up‘, and it details how to declutter your spaces to optimise what you have, and to only maintain things that are necessary. The space you are left with is said to be really ‘life-changing’, so I’m going to give it a go and actually blog about my progress. Decluttering is also a mental process and as you declutter, you are lifting certain energies away from you and are letting go. It’s a great way to get organised as what you are left with after decluttering, are the essentials and the necessary, and essentially much more space.
Write it down
One of the ways we get into a state of not being organised is by sheer forgetfulness and cluttering of the mind. We all have so much going on and at once and it can all get a bit twisted at times. Living in London, I’ve always felt like things move at 100mph and people do not slow down. Having to keep up can be tiring and this is taken into every environment. I’ve learnt that the best way to deal with this, is to write it down. I’ve double/triple-booked too many plans to not be writing something down. I’ve gotten into a really good habit of tracking certain things daily in my diary, putting ideas into my notes on my phone as they come to me, and genuinely penciling people in to my diary as soon as I make a plan. It helps, especially when it’s written down right in front of you!
Create a goal list
Mapping out your goals or just listing them is a great way to stay focus and organised. It keeps you on track and helps you tick things off as you go along which gives a real sense of accomplishment. Having goals sets direction, and everything else after that can fall into place. Getting to the end goal can easily be figured out and organised if you have that endpoint, or at least that place you want to get to. Knowing your goals, telling yourself what you want to achieve and writing things down allows for you to really picture what you want and you will find that getting there becomes much clearer.
Stop putting it off
A problem we all have… ‘I’ll-do-it-later’ syndrome. Cut that out and just get on with it. If you want to get things done, believe it or not, you have to do just do it. You’ll immediately feel more organised when you start being proactive about doing things and stop leaving it for later. Procrastination is everyones friend at the most inconvenient times aka the times you need to be doing stuff, so mentally charge yourself to get up and go. Have a proactive mindset and try not to get lazy.
Make schedules and deadlines
Now, we can’t plan our lives to a tee, because where’s the fun in that. But we can stay organised by keeping schedules and setting deadlines. Doing so helps you stay focussed and allows you to track your progress, but also just helps you to map out when you need to be somewhere, what you need to do and when it needs to be done by. Doing this helps you prioritise better and you can better see what you can and can’t do, especially if you are like me and can’t say no!
If you’ve decluttered, don’t just head for the sales and restock. Be disciplined about buying new things and sticking to organised mindset. If you’ve been organised and created some order, stick to it. Keep you mind decluttered and stay disciplined. You worked so hard to get there! I’m not saying you can’t/won’t go colour outside the lines sometimes, but if you want a more organised life, be realistic and be strong!
Getting or staying organised starts with prioritising. This is essential for getting things done. Prioritising important tasks and getting them done are positive steps to getting your life organised. We often struggle with organisation because we have so many things to do, but we never prioritise what to do and when, often just completing ‘easier’ or less time-consuming tasks first just because its more convenient. Write a list of tasks, and then go through and number your tasks in order of priority of importance, or of what needs to be done and by when. Work through these in order and you will end up getting through big tasks really easily, finally getting more organised.
I hope these tips help you out in helping to get more organised. I’ll be sharing more about my decluttering process but also the actual tools I use to get organised, so stay tuned!