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Daily Tips On How To Organize Your Life

Updated on December 19, 2011
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Are you easily distracted or overwhelmed with clutter and disorganization? Are you living in chaos, jumping from one crisis to the next! Well you are not alone. There are lots of people living this way. I for one know what it feels like to look around at piles of stuff, lists of things to be done, drowning under piles of paper, mail that needs sorting through, laundry you never seem to catch up on, and things that haven’t been put away because you don’t know where to put them.

I’ve struggled, like you wouldn’t believe, with overload, over commitment, and over exhaustion to try to keep my family and my life organized. With much trial and tribulation, I have learned through years of agonizing experience how to get through a chaotic day without tossing everything out the window or turning into a psycho killer!

Learning the real cause for being disorganized in the first place and learning where to start to organize your life is the beginning of getting yourself out of the psycho jungle.

Being organized makes life a whole lot easier and will make a profound difference on how you feel. It’s really about making your whole life run more smoothly so you can have more time for enjoyment of the things that matter most to you.

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Tips To Organize Your Life


End Morning Madness – start each day off on the right foot by preparing and planning as much as you can the night before. That is probably one of the best habits to get into to organize your life. Extra time spent planning increases productivity and leaves more time for inventive play.

Use a Calendar – a good calendar habit is an important element to organize your life. Every successful person uses one. Check it every morning and every night.

Develop and Establish Good Working Habits – make things routine and habitual. Be clear on what you want to do and why.

Slay The Raging Paper Beast – use some basic organizational and decision making skills: do it, delegate it, or defer it. Don’t be afraid to throw things away. About 80% of papers you file will never be used again.

Have Everything You Need Within Reach Before You Begin A Project – clear everything from your desk or work area except for the things you need for the task you are working on. You will save time and have less distraction. If someone calls – say no and don’t feel bad about it.

When Finished With Something Put It Away – put everything back where it belongs and be done with it so you can move on, both physically and mentally, to the next task at hand.

Work On The Habit of Neatness – Remember where you put things. Forgetting is the most common way that can disorganize your life. Organization and neatness make you feel in control and more relaxed. Forming the habit of neatness will save you precious time and unnecessary frustration.

Stay on Track and Deal with Interruptions – there will be many things that will throw you off course. Some interruptions have to be accepted, for example if your car breaks down or you get a call that your child is sick at school. Most interruptions shouldn’t be allowed to throw you off track.

Get Past Perfectionism – just get things done one thing at a time and remind yourself as you organize your life that perfectionism is not something you need any more.

Make One Small Change Each Week – try to make one small change each week until new habits become second nature. If you need a different result to organize your life then you will need to break the old habit. Let the stuff that needs to be done repeatedly become habitual so you don’t have to give so much energy to it any more. When something becomes a habit, your subconscious mind is doing the work for you. You don’t have to do much about it. It will happen automatically and naturally.



All the above organizing tips will be most effective once you 1) limit the amount of stress you are exposed to, 2) can manage people and 3) minimize personal problems.

As you begin to organize your life remember that the most effective people do the most important thing first. Those who think, plan and stay focused will reach their goals with greater efficiency.

Get your life back on track so you can live up to your potential instead of settling for less than you are worth. Maintain internal balance, where your thoughts, feelings, and actions are working together to create the life you truly desire.

Do You Have Any Tips To Share To Help Organize Your Life?

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      Charles Stirling 

      3 years ago

      I say neatness and planning are key to staying organised. In the army, that teach you to be both of these and it makes for an efficient machine, especially with a large group of people. Planning for things means that you have more time to enjoy life! Also plan for bad things, such as life cover here: http://www.lifecompare.co.za/

      In short, you will have more fun if you keep your life in order.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I am so glad I found this hub.. especially since I am a paper hoarder. I have books and magazines I cannot bear to throw out. I need to go through my stuff..You know when you see ribbon, wrapping paper, instructions for a recipe..hard to throw out. Thanks for the reminder.

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      beth 

      6 years ago

      weee

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      So many useful tips .

      A great hub and will benefit many readers.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      8 years ago from United States

      Despite the great information this hub holds, I know that no matter how organized I try to become, I still lose my keys forget dates, etc. Still it was useful enough I linked your hub to one of mine. :) Great job. Plus I rated it up and marked it useful.

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      Dottie1 

      8 years ago from MA, USA

      Glad you liked it fedbriedethan, hope some of them come in handy. Thanks for stopping by.

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      febriedethan 

      8 years ago from Indonesia

      This is really awesome, I like the ideas, thank you for sharing :)

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      8 years ago from MA, USA

      Good job glogger. Keep trying. Thanks for the visit.

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      glogger 

      8 years ago from India

      One of my favorite saying is: "If I was Organized - I would be dangerous" :)

      Thanks for your tips! I try and use technology to get myself better organized. Google Calendar, My blackberry, Google Tasks! Always trying!

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      Dottie1 

      8 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks oldness49. Glad this hub was helpful.

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      oldness49 

      8 years ago from linda.barrett@insightbb.com

      Great hub!Thanks for your help.

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      I hope you took something useful Guidebaba from this hub that would help make life more organized. Thank you for the Christmas Cheer. Wishing you health and happiness as the New Year rings in!:)

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      guidebaba 

      9 years ago from India

      Staying all alone, away from family leaves me with an unorganised life. There is no routine in my life. I just do what and whenever i feel like. Thanks for publishing this article.Merry Christmas to your and your family !

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      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks RGraf and your idea is a great one too. :)

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      These are great ideas. I created lists for each person in the family to help them remember things and keep things picked up and organized.

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks Susie for letting me know about that book "Getting Things Done". Sounds like the kind of book I'd love to read. Will check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Susan 

      9 years ago from Northern California

      Getting organized is fairly easy. Staying organized is difficult. Like you Dottie, I get overwhelmed when there is too much clutter around. When my library/office has piles of paper all over, I shut down and can't even write. SOme time ago I discovered a little book that changed all that forever. It's titled "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. I used his system for filing all my papers and voila! No more clutter.

      BTW, I'm a FLyLady fan too!

      Another very useful hub Dottie!

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi Stacie....I hope you found something useful here to help you out. I use a little address book to keep all my usernames and passwords in. I hope I never lose it! sigh with ya! lol ~Dottie~

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      Stacie L 

      9 years ago

      I so nned a secretary! LOL

      I am feeling a little overwhelmed since writing onlin;so many username and password,so much writng to catch up on. sigh

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Carolina...I hear what you're saying...staying focused is sometimes hard to do. I appreciate your visit.

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      Carolina Crete 

      9 years ago from Crete, Greece

      Great hub Dottie.  I tend to go through a phase of being totally organised followed by a phase of total chaos. Staying focused on organisation is my weak point. Must try harder!

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      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Your welcome and glad you were able to find some organizing tips to help you.

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      Research Analyst 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Dottie, I can always use some more tips on staying organized. Things get a little hectic sometimes.

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      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks RITZ. Stay Organized!

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      RITZ 

      9 years ago from New Delhi

      nice simple steps...one can surely follow them...that's why its said "if you fail to plan you plan to fail"...good work Dottie1

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Hey Just_Rodney thanks and I agree it's a must! :)

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      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great hub, the idea of organisation in your life and living arrangements is parmount. All high powered and top fortune 500 executives live by this practice.

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      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Getting past perfectionism and working on only one thing at a time was probably my biggest challenge to staying organized. Multi tasking does not work well for me! Take care my Sis Taurean Ripplemaker and keep life at ease!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Taurean Sis LOL These are great tips! It does forever save a lot of time when you don't have to rummage through your stuff to find what you need. I have gotten into the habit of putting things where I got them. Oh it makes life so much easier. Take care...:)

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      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Glad these tips were helpful and sweet dreams glassvisage in your new place. Thanks for passing through and commenting.

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      glassvisage 

      10 years ago from Northern California

      These tips are fantastic. This is great because we just moved into a new place and are deciding what to do with much of our "junk." I can't believe we won't use 80% of the papers we file! Sad. All that college work... lol. Good advice to get a good, organized start to the morning :)

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      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi dayzeebee. It's always nice to see you. Acting on what we need work on is always the hardest because we never seem to have the time. But then again we don't have the time because we don't act on the things we should act on. It's a vicious circle!!! Thanks for your comments.

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      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      thanks dottie. identified about 5 areas i need working on. great tips. now to act on them. take care:)

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Thats right, stay organized and avoid chaos. Thanks cgull for passing by and commenting.

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      cgull8m 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Like the definition, without organization we will have chaos that's for sure. Great tips.

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      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Cailin you'll love the FlyLady especially if you live in Chaos (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). Thanks for stopping by and being curious!

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      Cailin Gallagher 

      10 years ago from New England

      I'm so curious about his Flylady person now!

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks dineane, I don't mind a little help from the FlyLady at all. She fits right in to the theme of this hub. Notice how I added some flylady stuff from ebay above. You should add some to your hub. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting.

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      dineane 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      I have a few tools, but not the entire box. Love the feather duster and the timer, though I'm sure a plane Jane timer would work just as well. Here's my hub about Flylady - please feel free to delete my comment if you feel like I'm spamming. I am not affiliated with FlyLady, just a HUGE fan. https://hubpages.com/living/Love-a-Clean-House-but...

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      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      No dineane I had never heard of the FlyLady, can you believe it! I just checked her out and she's amazing. I'd really like the FlyLady's toolbox! Do you have one?

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      dineane 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      good stuff! surely you must be a Flylady fan?

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