You can do it now or save it for later. Most of the time if you save it for later, the piles have grown and it’s now going to take you longer to complete. Spend a few minutes tackling it in the moment and save hours on the back end struggling to tackle your task.
Start practicing mini habits and before you know it, they will be incorporated into your everyday life, and you’ll be able to accomplish more than you ever thought possible. It will change your life! Start with very small attainable goals. It will be as easy as picking something up and putting it back where it belongs.
Why are you procrastinating? What are you doing now that allows you to be distracted? Are you too busy?
7 Mini Habits You Can Start Now
Start placing your keys/phone in the same place. Every time you walk in the door, place your keys in a designated spot. You’ll never run late again because you forgot where you placed your keys. Same goes for your phone. Have a designated spot for your phone and practice placing it in the same spot. You have a home for your toothbrush, right? Why not one for your keys and phone.
File receipts. After arriving home from shopping, take receipts out of the car, wallet, or pocketbook. Place them in a monthly pouch, file, or envelope. After you get in the habit of doing this, at the end of the month, match your receipts to your statement, staple, and then file. Your monthly pouch will then be empty and ready for you to fill with the current month’s purchases. Don’t have receipts? Make a habit of keeping track what you’re spending on a monthly basis!
Take trash out of your car. Is your car becoming a trash can? Practice taking out your trash every time you get out of the car. You get out and the trash goes with you.
Open mail every day. Take a minute everyday to open your mail. It will take you no time at all to categorize it and decide what to keep, shred, throw away, attach to your to-do list or to file.
Take something out, put it away. It’s very elementary, but how many of you actually do this? You wear a shirt and instead of hanging it back up or putting it in the laundry, it ends up on the floor and before you know it, you have many small piles. Practice taking things out and putting them back.
Keep a running shopping list. If you used the last of the paper towels and know you need more, write it down on a running shopping list. Clear the mental clutter and practice writing things down as you need them. You’ll never have to waste time and struggle again thinking about what you need to purchase.
File papers in the moment. You’ve just paid a bill, but you don’t feel like filing it right now. Why? Take a few seconds and file it. Practice tackling tasks like this that will only take a few seconds. Items like this that get pushed to the side are the tasks that end up taking hours later. Are you paperless? Make sure you’re keeping organized folders in your email or on your desktop. Practice the same habit.
Break an overwhelming process down into pieces. This is exactly what you are going to do with these mini habits. These tasks don’t seem overwhelming when you break them down into mini habits that are very achievable. Start tackling these mini habits and they will get you one step closer to achieving your organizational goals.
Which mini habit will you work on this week?
Are you stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious? Are you disorganized?
Wouldn’t you love to have more free time, less stress, more energy, and more money in your pocket? These are just some of the advantages of being organized. There are more, and you will experience every one of them once you get organized.
The first thing you have to do is realize that your disorganization is affecting your quality of life at work and at home.
Here are 10 signs it’s time to get organized
Think you can’t get organized? Everybody can get organized - at any time! It just takes a little patience, skills, and hard work. If these areas I mentioned above are dragging you down, think about making a change. What are you waiting for; make that change for the better - Let's do this!
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If you are a disorganized person, you probably don’t function with working organized systems. You will find that throughout your home there are probably bags of random items, rooms full of stuff that haven’t been looked at in years and closets that are exploding at the seams. You are probably purchasing duplicate items because you don’t know exactly what you really have. You are also probably wasting precious time searching for things.
If there aren’t any organized systems in place, you are going to find that once you decide to tackle a project, there may be many layers to that project. I think it’s really funny when I’m working with my clients and their husbands will come home and say, “What have you been doing for the past 3 hours? It looks like nothing has been accomplished.”
If you are decluttering and organizing and taking the entire room apart, there are going to be layers, and at the end of 3 hours it may look like nothing has been accomplished. When there are layers to a room, your project is probably going to be a little more complicated than you thought. The contents of every bag, every piece of paper, article of clothing and anything else in that room will be touched and gone through piece by piece.
Why Do These Layers Form?
These layers form because when there aren’t any systems in place; people will throw items into a bag or throw them in a closet or a pile. Usually, if there aren’t systems in place, people don’t want to take the time to create the system so things will just get thrown. Before you know it, you have piles all over the house, in bags, in closets and some really important stuff is getting mixed in with the non-important stuff.
As you are peeling back the layers, nothing found is ever categorized so this process will also take a little time, because you are sorting through all types of random items.
What’s in the layers?
Items that don’t have a designated spot in your home will get tossed in the layers. Anything that you don’t have a system for will get tossed in the layers. You’ll state that you will get to it later, but it gets tossed in a room and you will forget that you threw it in there and it will become part of the layers. There will be important papers, money, memorabilia, and some unimportant items too.
How much time have you wasted searching for those items?
How much money have you wasted purchasing duplicate items that were found in the layers?
Kristin has written over 350 articles. Her column, Organized Energized Living, can be found twice a month in the Coastal Breeze. She also wrote a weekly column for GoLocalProv from 2012-2018 and has been featured in local and national publications. She is author of the book, Living an Organized, Energized Life! For more info on how to purchase, click here.