A balanced life is supposedly the happiest. It ensures our personal growth and secures mental peace and wellbeing. It’s no revelation that this is a tough feat to master. Between work, family, friends, hobbies, health, finance, fitness, and sleep, being organized in all areas is an advanced juggling act – once you catch one ball, the next is already plunging towards you. Of course, we can’t catch them all, so often we leave a few on the ground prioritizing what we deem as most important.
The thing is, all facets of our lives intertwine and complement each other leading us to live full lives. This is one of the reasons we built myFRP; to help you find balance. Rather than chucking life’s responsibilities in the air hoping we’ll manage to catch them all, we hatched a plan to keep each corner of our lives in order.
Sure, we’d love to admit that myFRP solves all of our organizational downfalls, but there are many other small hacks that keep us in order each and every day. We couldn’t live without them, so who better than to share them with you – our fellow organization enthusiasts.
We’ve selected 10 of our top tips that nudge us to be more productive while helping us feel less stressed. Less juggling and more living – who’s in?
We all have some form of routine – both happy accidents and bad habits that have become an instinctive part of our daily lives. Good habits are mood-boosters that stimulate prolonged success. Bad inclinations strip us of our time, health, happiness, and money.
Take a microscopic lens to the attitudes you’ve formed and see what’s working and what needs to go. This way you can build new habits that will help you reach your goals.
It takes 30 days to build a new habit (or shake a bad one). Once you have the practices you want in your life, compile them into a daily routine that induces productivity. Once you’ve implemented good habits into your day-to-day, you can rely less on momentary motivation, which in turn leaves less room for procrastination and distraction.
Life is always throwing us curveballs, but that isn’t to say that a little planning doesn’t go a long way. Set some time aside (an hour will do) to plan your weeks and map out your days. By scheduling everything in your calendar, you work within your weekly limits, plus improve your time management. If you need to rejig now and then, don’t worry – having the fundamentals down leads to a more productive workday.
We use up a ton of our mental energy trying to keep track of everything we need to remember. By having it written down you are able to relax knowing things aren’t falling through the cracks. Even the small mundane tasks like laundry and cleaning add up!
Overestimating how long a task will take will help lower your stress levels, and if you get it done swiftly, you’ll have plenty of time for those other important jobs.
We all have role models who we aspire to be like. For example, I wish I could wake up at 5am, but some of us function better in the evening and so crafting particular routines can become a self-defeating exercise.
When organizing your life, select habits that fit with your natural inclinations. Be realistic about yourself and embrace what you enjoy rather than trying to adopt what you hate. For example, if you're not necessarily a bookworm, try listening to audiobooks and podcasts or watch documentaries. This will save you time, energy, and resentment.
For many of us, when we go on a health kick or pick up a new self-serving hobby, we adopt an all-or-nothing attitude. While this is good for the initial burst of motivation, in the long run, it can be self-sabotaging, as when we fail to meet the unrealistic expectations we set ourselves, we throw in the towel altogether.
By adopting an attitude that grasps the impact of our gradual progress, we can be more pragmatic about our goals and create room for everything we want to do in life instead of wallowing in shame and regret when we fall short of our targets.
When we overextend ourselves, our harmony and balance go out of the window. When we push ourselves to succeed in one area, other aspects of our lives suffer. Although this strategy can work short-term, if we continue this behavioural pattern long-term, we are likely to feel stressed, burnt out, and lethargic.
Instead, balance long-term sustainability by allowing yourself time to recharge. When we invest in self-care, we are more present for those who depend on us, regardless of whether that’s in life or at work.
A big lesson many of us have to learn (myself included) is getting comfortable with saying ‘no’. You are only one human and so doing it all is simply impossible, but prioritization is a key tool in organizing your life. By declining what doesn’t benefit your biggest aspirations, you are able to direct your attention to what really matters. When mapping out your day, highlight your most important task and prioritize accordingly – the rest will fall into place.
When we have a strong sense of what is important and what isn’t, we are able to take control making more efficient decisions about where to give our time and energy.
When you’ve got a cluttered brain it’s hard to feel organized. Be aware of ways to make space physically, digitally, and mentally. When we have too much to do or too much to think about, our lives feel turbulent and we become stressed. The same goes for when we have too much stuff, so when organizing your home or workspace, remember less is more!
Practice mise-en-scene, making sure everything has a home so whenever you’re looking for something, you know exactly where it is. It may be worthwhile to invest in storage bins so everything is neatly packed away and no longer an eyesore.
On top of that, breaking down bigger projects into more manageable subtasks keeps our minds focused and is more likely to get the job done quickly while making us feel more productive.
We’re the most critical of ourselves, so regardless of how big (or small) your goals are, it’s important to track your progress. This way we can identify what is working and what’s not. Then you can allocate more time to the activities that are serving you in reaching your goals and eliminate the things that are failing to make an impact. To do so, implement a weekly review to reflect on the passing week and prune your to-do list. As humans, we are adaptable so once we make a decision it doesn’t mean that is final!
Have you ever had an idea and thought ‘there should be an app for that’?
Think about how much time you spend doing particular tasks that an app or website could be doing for you. We’re living in the digital age and so taking advantage of these modern innovations can free up both your time and energy.
That being said, be careful of using too many apps. Try to pick one that works for you – not the other way round. You can end up spending more time organizing and consolidating your apps that it ends up being counterproductive.
Alternatively, consider where you could save time by assigning tasks to someone else. That way you are able to focus more acutely on the things that you can’t delegate.
Just because your organized doesn’t mean you can’t be spontaneous!
Sometimes things just don’t work, other times routines grow stale. Shake those habits that just aren’t working for you anymore. Seek out new experiences and introduce fresh things that will continue your personal growth. By allowing yourself to experiment, your life will become more exciting and therefore limit periods of plateau.
On the flip side, remember that one size does not fit all when it comes to organization, so while we appreciate advice from our peers, what works for them may not necessarily work for you!
That concludes our 10 top tips for daily organization - now go forth and conquer my friend!
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