People often lament that despite their best efforts, they just cannot seem to get, and stay, organized. Even though they’ve been working at it diligently and have tried many strategies, nothing seems to stick.
So how do organized people stay organized? According to lifehack.org, they have these five habits in common:
#1. Wake up and think about the day ahead.
Scrambling out the door and diving right into your tasks can be hectic. You also waste time trying to figure out what to tackle first. Before fully starting your day, look ahead at your schedule and to-dos to mentally prepare yourself. That way, you can manage your time efficiently.
#2. Maintain a calendar or planner.
It’s hard to stay organized if you only store things in your head. Organized people note events electronically or on paper. It’s easy to refer to when making future plans and you can better prioritize by knowing what’s ahead.
#3. Have to-do lists.
Writing out what you need to get done on a daily basis makes it easy to keep track. It’s satisfying to be able to cross things off your list and you’ll always know what’s left to be done.
#4. Keep their email inbox under control.
There are three kinds of people in this world: those with hundreds (or thousands) of unread emails, those with zero unread emails, and those in between. Be the person in between. Reading every single email that comes through can be time-consuming, but letting them sit forever doesn’t do too much for you, either. Scan subject lines as they come in and use your email tools to help you group them. Flag less urgent but important ones to read later, move ones that require action to task lists, and so forth. Your life will be so much easier.
#5. Reflect on what still needs to be done by the end of the day.
Go over what’s left on your to-do list and move things around as needed. All you’ll need in the morning is a quick refresher.