Seven Keys To Organize Your Life

Introduction

To organize means to plan and prepare beforehand an event or an occurrence in your life. Organization also means putting items where they belong, remembering where they are and being able to access them when needed. Could you use some organization today? Do you need a better system of filing and retrieval? And do you want to save time and money? Well then, follow me in this hub to unfold some keys to organize your life and watch you reap big rewards.

Organization is critical to the success and productivity of your life. Organization helps you become more efficient, and save time and money. Organization helps to keep you from rushing and emergencies. Organization is the conduit to a more enjoyable life. We all can use a little assistance no matter what level or status we are in life. Notepads, Secretaries, planners and tape recorders were all perhaps, born out of a need for organization. Many different technology tools help us manage and organize our responsibilities.

1. Set Goals

One of the most important keys to organization is goal setting. Goals give you a target; something to aim for. Goals drive you to become and do more. For example, say you want to lose weight. You do not just start losing. You set a goal of how much, and then work towards that goal. You exercise, eat certain foods and weight yourself for the best results. Suppose you want to write articles on HubPages. Do you just start writing? Well, maybe. For me, I have a goal of writing a certain amount of articles by a certain date. I have set a target date and am in the process of writing the topics I will write between now and then. The goals I set will help me determine the type of organization I need to reach my goals. Ok, enough said, let’s move on to key number two.

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2. Simplify

Easier said than done. To simplify means to know your limitations. When you simplify you do not duplicate effort. Simplify means to break down in part to the tiniest component, sounds like I’m talking math. Simplifying means to break down in part that, which is complicated. You do away with the complicated and complex parts and aspects of your life. It is a doing away with complicated people and things. I also believe that simplification means to learn what each part means, and how it fits into the system. When you think about your world, what and who go together? What and who can you live without? What and whom do you need and cannot live without? I know this can be a tough question – but it is worth answering.

3. Work Smarter

I am a huge proponent of working smarter. I vote for work smarter. For example, instead of getting up in the morning ironing your clothes, iron the night or beginning of the week beforehand. One of my sons’s has a habit of knocking on my bedroom door early in the morning, around 6 a.m. to iron his attire for school. I explained to him that if he wanted me to iron his pants and shirt for that crisp look he wants when he goes to school, that he would have to bring me his clothing before a set time that day – otherwise he would have to do it himself. I am working toward him doing his own ironing at the beginning of the week, which will prove more efficient. We are moving in the right direction and we will make it. Does this make sense to you?

4. Schedule Events

This key is near and dear to my heart. I used to try and remember dates – not good. As you age, the memory seems to want to take flight. Now I use my calendar in my cell phone to schedule events, special dates and appointments. Electronic calendars allow you to pre-schedule events and get automatic reminders. Manual planners are still very useful and effective. This is a great tool that will help you not overbook yourself. We have so many appointments deadlines to meet; I don’t know how we can manage them without a planner of some sort. If you have children in school, the schools have an automatic system that contacts you by email and/or phone to remind you of appointments. Dental and Medical appointment reminders are also set electronically. Get an email account so that you can get these important reminders.

5. Automatic Deduction

Get automatic deduction for important bill payments. Of course, you can only use automatic deduction if you have money deposited in your bank account. Automatic Deduction is good for individuals who especially like to procrastinate in paying bills and who do not have an excess amount of monies coming in to their account. I think automatic deduction like automatic deposits are equally good tools to help you manage your cash flow. You can have major bills payed through automatic deduction.

6. Write Important Things Down

Keep a notepad or journal with you at all times. Authors and Writers must have something to write on at all times. As you know, thoughts come at varying times. You can be sitting in a meeting, talking to a friend, commuting to work or half way sleep and a thought will come to you. In my experience, if I do not write down the unique thoughts I have, I will not remember. So always keep pen pencil and paper available, or use your cell phone, iphone or ipad nearby to jot down your nuggets of wisdom.

7. Delegate - Last Key

You cannot do everything yourself, get some help. What do you need assistance with? For me, it is household chores. If anyone in my family is reading this, I serve notice on you, that from now on, we are on the Family Plan for Household Chores.

Well, my time is out, thanks for reading and I hope you received something out of this hub.

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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

ahostagesituation, my organized system doesn't always work for me though. By the way, you do have a system - it's called 'freedom'.

Do what is best for you! I appreciate you thoughts!


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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

I so wish I was organized. It's never going to happen though. I was giggling at your description of how you write your hubs, and you have a system! It's great, and orderly and makes sense. I find one of my laptops and my system is, "today, I feel like this..." I think "simplify" is the best suggestion for disorderly thinkers and people like myself. I'm working on it ;-).


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

heart4theword, thanks for sharing your memory challenge. I do share that experience with you. So true, so true, where is that calendar?? There is no easy fix!


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

I hate to admit it, but my memory takes flight quite often! At least more often than I want:) So it does make a huge difference for me to write things down. Thanks for sharing your seven keys! (A calendar would work good, if I could consistently remember where it is at:)


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

BigSerious, I know what you mean. I am working at keeping things, notes separate. I take a lot of notes and have to track alot of information.

You are right, change is what it will take - then a habit comes along - then life is good!

Hey, thanks for stopping by.


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BigSerious 5 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

I keep a small 3-subject notebook and use it for everything: recipes, notes, lists, and more lists. It works, until I need a new notebook. Then looking something up in the old one becomes time-consuming and disorganized. Must change my maddening habit.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello Edoka, we all need to learn and delegate. We are not superwoman or superman. Let's make a vow to ourselves that we will get some help - repeat after me - I will get help when I need it. That is right. Thanks for making your way here. I will get around to you.


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Edoka Writes 5 years ago

For me, #7 is the hardest. I want to do everything for everyone. It makes my life difficult, so I need to work and pray on that.

Thank you for this hub, Treasures!


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Truckstop Sally, it seems so obvious that we should write things down to help us remember. It is called write the vision.....

Thanks for coming around, this is the first time I have seen you. I will be around your way.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Great steps for an organized life. I especially like #6 - writing important things down. I have a good memory, but there is something about putting pencil to paper that has a more lasting effect. Thanks


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

Always....I'm a fan!!!!!


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Imatellmuva, I have to remind myself also about these principles. Thanks for coming by, I can always count on you for sure. See you round!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

There's a saying, "Work smarter, not harder!" These seven steps are critical to help achieve balance, and order. Many of us need a reminder....I know I did! Thanks for sharing this Treasuresofheaven...you've done it...masterfully...once again!


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

H P, appreciate your comment. Management and timing is very important. Thanks and Happy New Year!


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

Yes, it necessary the management and timing for every successful activity of life.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

iamalegend, I hear what you are saying. This pineal gland in our brain -- I don't know if it works for all of us. Thanks for the point about Time management. I think if we do more goal setting, time will take care of itself. Thanks for your comments.


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iamalegend 5 years ago from EARTH

Time management is very important. We don't need any special equipments for this purpose. It's already in our brain. There is a gland called pineal gland in our brain.It'll do the work.Rated up and Enjoyed


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

bcatgray, thanks for being first today. Glad to know that you use your cell phone to schedule.

You have a Blessed New Year!


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bcatgray 5 years ago from United States of America

I uses my cell phone for just about everything. It has worked wonders for me when using the scheduler.

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