It’s time to get organized!
It recently dawned on me that I really have to start working on my organizing skills and productivity. I need those skills to build my business and keep it running. I just never realized how much work this whole blogging thing takes. You could call me naive for that haha.
I’ve been unorganized all my life and I’ve been struggling with productivity. It’s time to make a change for the better.
Keep your surroundings clean
This is a good one to start with. It’ll be way easier to get work done when you keep your place in order. Declutter all the stuff you don’t need. Everything should have its own place.
Clean up regularly. Things can pile up really fast especially if you’re like me. I always forget to put things away which ends in small chaos. Don’t be like me as it kills all productivity really fast. You’ll feel all better mentally in a clutter-free space which helps you to get everything done.
Break your bigger tasks into small ones
If you’re like me the big tasks on your to-do list are daunting. You keep avoiding it until the deadline starts to loom above you and then the stress kicks in. Or even the big bad anxiety. Neither of those helps productivity when it goes overboard.
For that reason, you need to break your tasks into bite-sized ones that are easy to handle. Let’s say that you have a big essay coming and it feels like this really big and monstrous enemy which you can’t defeat.
No matter how hard it feels you can win the fight with the right weapons. Go through all the little steps you need to get done in order to finish the essay. When you’re done set a schedule and a deadline. Setting deadlines are super important and I’m coming back to it in a bit.
Now that you’ve got the steps identified and a schedule with a deadline it’s time to make sure that your small steps are small enough. If you bite more than you could chew you’ll get burn out easily.
One of the most important things to do while getting organized is to plan ahead. You have a project due the next week and you need to break down the process to make it easier to handle. Your schedule has to be planned according to your other chores and errands.
Let’s say you decide to work on the project for 3 hours every day. This might not be the best approach. You have to consider everything else that has to be done that day. You can’t just up and neglect your chores.
On the other hand, you might have a really long day and have the need to rest for the evening. There’s no point in overworking yourself and not getting the rest you need.
Try and find the balance between your demanding tasks like essays and the other daily responsibilities. It’ll take trial and error but you’ll get there.Remember to listen to your body and mind. Your health and wellbeing should always come first. I know that life is stressful and demanding but nothing's more important than your health.Click To Tweet
Now it’s time to tackle this important point I was talking about before. It’s super important to set deadlines for your tasks even if you have a bigger deadline already.
If your smaller tasks don’t have deadlines you’ll procrastinate until the day before the essay is due! When you have clear deadlines it’s easier to tackle the tasks because you know what to do and when. It eliminates some of the pesky unknowns that I find really hard to get over.
Come up with a schedule for chores and errands as well
This point ties into scheduling your other tasks with daily responsibilities. You’ll want to know what you do and when. For example, it’s good to decide when to vacuum and do other chores so you’ll know when you have time to work on that essay and plan accordingly.
As an added bonus scheduling your chores help you build good new habits that make you feel better in the long run. It also helps to have it all written down so you don’t forget anything important. Really helps you maximize your time.
Prep your meals
When you’re busy hustling you need to make sure you eat well. You might not have time to cook every day so it’s useful to prep your food once or twice a week and make sure you’ll have nutritious meals for multiple days at once.
You can save even more time by ordering your groceries to your door when you’re home working or after your school day. Or you could always order pre-portioned ingredients with the recipes included. Not every place have this option but it’s worth to check it out.
Blue Apron is one of these services I keep hearing about but it’s only for the US residents.
Use to do lists, planners, and apps that help you with productivity
Last but not least some useful tools for your productivity journey. Firstly I highly recommend getting an actual calendar or a planner where you can write everything down. School schedules, projects, meetings, errands, etc.
You can also write to-do lists either on paper or use an app for it. There are many good ones out there. I also recommend using the Evernote app where you can compile your notes and other useful links like contact info and resources you find online.
My favorite to-do app is Habitica that works both as a to-do list and habit tracker. It’s available on iOS, Android and you can use the website too.
It gamifies tracking your goals which makes it more rewarding to get everything done in a timely manner. You can set due dates and how many times a week something needs to be done. The app makes you lose your HP if you miss your deadlines which raises the stakes. Makes you really want to achieve those goals.
If that aspect gets too stressful you can always go to the inn where you can pause taking damage.
Here are the best tips I’ve gathered on my way to an organized life. I have a long way to go but I’m well on my way. How do you stay productive and keep your life organized? Leave me a comment so that we can all learn from each other. Let’s get organized together!
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