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You may think organization sounds great; but it’s realistic for others, not you. That’s not true. Anyone can be organized.
To get there, it’s good to know some of the tips, tricks and tools. Find more breathing room in your life with these DIY remedies to your most common organization problems.
TimeAre you missing your kid’s activities or always late? Managing your time can be a challenge, especially with a constantly changing schedule. With a little organization (and maybe the right tools), it can be a snap to manage your time. Here are a couple of ways to help get you on the right track.
Use a CalendarIf you have a smartphone, you probably have access to a calendar at your fingertips. Using a calendar gives you a picture of your day, a snapshot of where you need to be. First, add your weekly repeating activities. You can even export Facebook events or airline flights to your calendar. Some calendars even allow you to enter drive time and reminders as part of your appointment.
Keep a list Make a list, check it a thousand times. Lists can help you keep track of the things you need to do on a given day without forgetting. There are many list-making tools handy on your smartphone. Keep a list and check it often to stay on top of things.
Prioritize You may need to cut out less important commitments and activities to give you time for the most important things.
Look at traffic maps Even if you know how to get where you are going, take a moment to set the map. You never know when a crash is blocking your normal route. Being stuck in traffic is stressful and it may make you late.
CleanlinessMany people live in a house where the floor is covered in toys and the fridge is filled with out-of-date foods. Feeling the clutter at home clutters your mind and raises stress. There are several things you can do to organize your home.
Sleep If you have a hard time managing your commitments, you probably don’t get enough sleep. Getting regular, good quality sleep increases your productivity and overall happiness, which also lower your stress levels. Here are some tips to help you get more (and better) sleep.
Eating and exerciseWhen you feel like there’s no time to cook because your schedule is so packed, you may find yourself grabbing fast food more often than you’d like.
Being organized takes discipline, but like any new habit, it can become a lifestyle. When you create breathing room in your life through organization and prioritizing the most important things, you’ll find yourself living with less stress and more quality time.
Are you planning on getting organized? Tell us how you plan to start in the comments below.
Originally published April 12, 2016; Revised 2019, 2020
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