Not everyone is born with the organization gene. While some of us are born with the ability to keep everything in its place, many others struggle to stay neat, tidy, and organized. Whenever Fall rolls around I feel the need to get more organized. I think it has to do with the fact that for so many years fall symbolized starting school and getting more structured and serious. During this time of year I like to tidy up and revamp my notebooks and supplies. Even if you’re not naturally organized, there’s so much that you can do to make organizing yourself easier and more doable. Keep reading for my favorite “get organized” tips.
Ever since I started school I was required to use a planner. My teachers would grade me on writing down my homework and crossing things out as I finished them. When I was younger, I thought this was so ridiculous, but as I got older I realized that I am so grateful for that experience because using a planner daily is a great way to structure. I love to plan out everything. Personal errands, daily tasks for work, schoolwork, fun, finances, etc. I have started to be more forgetful so using a planner really helps me to stay on top of everything.
If having an entire planner seems like too big of a feat, try writing lists. This is similar to having a planner, expect it is less structured and therefore could be more realistic for some people. Lists are great for writing out daily to-dos because they help you to stay organized and accountable for your tasks.
Whether it’s a desk calendar, one you throw on your wall, or the one on your phone, writing on a calendar will help you to effortlessly see an overview of your month. This will make it easy for you to ensure that you don’t double book yourself. I love the full month calendar pages that I have in my planner because it helps me to see everything that I have going on during the month in one place.
If you tend to be forgetful, it might be time to start using alarms. This method of organization isn’t for everyone, but for some it is a lifesaver. Use alarms so you never have to those “oh no I forgot to pay that bill” moments again. It is extremely easy to get distracted by the little surprises and tasks of daily life. Setting an alarm will quickly remind you that it is time to drop what you’re doing and tend to your priorities. If you’re using an alarm on your phone, remember to label it so you know exactly what it is time to do.
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