Being organized is a quality that can be learned. However, if you want to stay organized, you will have to form a habit. At first, there will have to be some effort until you know your own rota and what will work best for you and your lifestyle. Inevitably for some, it will come easy, but others may struggle a bit at first, as with most processes and concepts, there is no hard and fast rule. Here is a guide on how to be more organized, and how to embed this into your lifestyle.
1. Schedule Your Time
This can be easier said than done. However, having a personal planner with extra columns or an appointment journal can help, at least until you have got used to how your time scheduling will work.
The first step is to make a to-do list so that you can work out which are the most important jobs, and which jobs must be completed in order to get others done. With a personal planner or an appointment journal, planning days or months ahead can certainly help, especially when it comes to having to do specific tasks by a certain date, such as car maintenance requirements.
When allocating time slots to jobs, make sure to be generous with your time so as not to overstress yourself. The idea of scheduling your time is to take the stress out of life; not to add even more.
2. Make Sure The Essentials Get Done
There are certain aspects of life that are pretty much set in concrete as regards to timings or dates, such as doctors and dentist appointments, boiler servicing, or car MOTs. These are processes that rely on other people’s schedules probably more than your own, and you will have to make time in your schedule to fit these in.
However, to make these appointments easier to fit in with your schedule, you may find it beneficial to stay as local as you can in order to reduce travel time. So, if you happen to live in Nottingham and you are looking for a garage whose services include MOTs, searching for MOT Nottingham would be perfect for you.
When making appointments or scheduling social events, make sure to write them down as soon as possible, either on your planner or in your journal, so that you do not forget them or double-book yourself for those days.
3. Segment Jobs To Make Them Easier To Cope With
There is nothing worse than having too many jobs and not enough time to get many, if any, of them completed.
Being able to segment large jobs, or jobs that you do not necessarily want to do, into smaller chunks can lessen the load or make it feel less daunting. When doing this, you may be able to spread them across a few days or time slots rather than having to hit them head-on and get them done in one hit.
Take housework, for instance. If you live in a large house or have recently moved into a bit of a mess, rather than schedule housework, break it down into rooms or activities such as vacuuming, dusting, etc. This will not only help you to feel that you are actually getting somewhere, but it will also help when you are having to plan around other activities as it will give you some flexibility with your timings.