We’re a full two months into 2020 (although January was really a test run, right?) and you’re still feeling a little disheveled. I hear you – I felt the same. So today we’re discussing 6 daily habits to help you stay organized.
MAKE A ROUTINE
And stick to it.
In staying organized, motivated and productive, I’ve found that this is the most important step. Creating and sticking to a daily routine has drastically improved my productivity and generally well-being. I have a set time I wake up every day (yes, even on weekends), a morning routine that includes time with my pup, working out, a small breakfast + collagen and vitamins, and getting in some work all before 9am. I’ve also found it incredibly important to have a nighttime routine as well so now I specifically schedule a work stop time and make time for lady dates or a hour or two for reading.
PRIORITIZE YOUR LIST
Assuming we all have lists (my life fully runs on them), prioritize the items that are most important. Check them off as you go and move the things you didn’t get to over into the next day. You’ll be surprised how productive you become when you get the big stuff out of the way.
SWITCH TO AN ELECTRONIC CALENDAR
I have been a pen + paper calendar gal since I can remember. It’s totally satisfying to cross things off my list and writing things down help me to remember what I have going on. Except, more often than not, I’m including far more items to do in one day than there are hours to get them done. After the stress-induced hospital visit of January 2020 I switched up a lot of things: including my calendar. Now I use the iCal on my laptop to help me stay organized on a daily basis. It immediately syncs to my phone and only allows me to schedule 24 hours work of work in one day. What a novel concept. You can add notes and locations and color code event by project. Simple, effective and essential.
GET YOURSELF A PURSE ORGANIZING INSERT
I’m a tote gal. Always halve been, always will be. I need to be able to toss a laptop, a dog lease, a few water bottles, a pair of flats, a makeup bag and anything else the day brings in my bag to tackle the day. My issue is that with all these items in one bottomless tote, it’s difficult to find my Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask when I need it. I’ve tried introducing more small pouches into the mix but that got out of hand quickly.
I’ve been using this purse insert since January and it’s been a game changer. It’s forced organization and I’m into it. There’s even a strap for your keys – blessings.
Not into lugging around a huge bag on your shoulder? I get it. I also love this backpack for work and weekend adventures.
KEEP IT CLEAN
I know this is easier said than done but the best way to stay organized is to always be organized. This was a tough habit to adapt to because I have a lot of stuff. In my closet, in my car, in piles around the house – it’s everywhere and it creates unnecessary anxiety. Earlier this year, I did a full detox on everything: my car, every room in the house, my laptop… I mean everything. I cleared out to clutter – not to make room for more stuff – just to make room. I’ve got to say, it’s created a much more relaxing space.
Want to try to tackle this for yourself? Choose a free weekend and get to work. I suggest a full weekend since this can be overwhelming to do in just one day.
Take everything out and put it in the middle of the room. Then one by one, take the things that bring you joy and put them in their rightful place. Everything you’re left over with is what you’re getting rid of. I made 4 piles: give to girlfriends, sell, donate and trash. Then I hosted a girl’s night where a few of my friends came over to go through home goods, clothing, skincare etc and take home any treasures they found! Anything that was leftover I donated.
PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE
Even if this is as simple as reviewing the next day’s calendar so you know what you’re getting yourself into. It can also include things like picking out your outfit, meal prepping, getting in a load of laundry, etc. Think about those pesky tasks you do in the morning that you can get done the night before and get ’em done!