Do you ever feel like you let a lot of things go at the end of the year? Maybe you fall behind on your housekeeping because you have so many extra obligations or you get behind at work because of vacation time and holiday festivities or maybe it’s that your whole schedule got a little wonky after the time change due to lack of light in the morning and evenings. This is one of the many reasons that make the New Year such a great time to start over. One of the lifestyle changes that many people resolve to make is to get more organized; whether that be at home or at work.
Getting organized is a great resolution because it is very easy to easy into. Organization can come one small step at a time and it doesn’t have to be a painful task. We promise that if you do it right, you will never want to stop your new organizational habits!
Here are 7 ways to get organized in 2016:
- Clean up, consolidate and throw stuff away! Look through your drawers, your desktop, your shelving—what items have you not touched in the last few months? If you have any pointless clutter, do away with it. Get rid of stuff that is not serving a purpose or helping you in any way. Just because you have space for all the stuff you have does not mean you need all of that stuff! You’ll be surprised how much better you feel after doing this!
- Start Labeling. Once you have made and effort to reduce clutter in your space, start making sure it stays that way. Label your files, drawers, shelves, even desktop space if you wish! When everything has a place to go, it is easy to see when something is not here it belongs. If that drawer that’s labeled “office supplies” is full of random paperwork, business cards, junk mail and your afternoon snack, you know that you’ve fallen behind on your organization.
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- Stick to one calendar. Do you have a tendency to overbook yourself? Or maybe you write appointments down wherever you can instead of having one set location. Having one primary calendar to keep track of all of your events, meetings, appointments and other reminders is an easy and time-saving way to get yourself organized. Stick with what you like best—wall calendar, pocket planner or digital calendar and utilize only that! This will help you plan ahead and keep you from falling behind, running late or becoming overwhelmed with everything you have going on.
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- Make a To Do list. Making a list is an easy way to identify all of your tasks and prioritize what you need to get done. Figure out what list works best for you; is it a monthly, daily or weekly to do list? Is it on paper where you can physically cross each task off or is it on your computer or your phone where you can constantly update and modify it based on your changing needs? Choose a method that works best for you and stick to it! When you see all of your tasks in front of you, it makes it easier for you to stay productive and not forget about anything.
- Rearrange your surroundings. If you feel like your space is what is holding you back from being organized, try moving things around. Put the things you use most within reach so you are more likely to put them back where they go when you’re done. Rearranging and adding things that make us feel good are easy ways to help us like and want to maintain our space. If you need more ideas on how to spruce up your space, check out these 10 Great Ideas to Make You Love Your Workspace.
- Give yourself more time. If time is what keeps you from keeping your workspace clear, managing your to-do list and checking in with your calendar, then add a few extra minutes to each day that is strictly for catching up with yourself and maintaining your organization. Get to work ten minutes earlier or stay ten minutes later at night and only use that time to get organized and tidy up.
- Cleanse again! Yes, this was tip number one, but it is something that you should be continuously doing in order to live to your fullest organizational potential! What we need on a day to day basis is constantly changing so the catalog that you needed three months ago may not be necessary any longer and can be thrown away or recycled. That plant that you put on your desk to add color to your space but you forgot to water and is now dead, yeah, you should throw that away too.
Follow these tips and make 2016 the year that you make organization a positive habit! How do you keep yourself organized at home and at work? What additional tips work best for you?