As a kid I have always been a very organised person, someone who likes things in order, someone who is neat and who enjoys being able to find things just as I left them. Somewhat of a neat freak and perfectionist, these traits have carried over into my adult life and to this day I continue to structure my life on organisation. Now I am completely aware that not everything can be organised and controlled and sometimes it is alright just to relax and let go, however, the organisational skills I have obtained have led me to where I am today in terms of my goals and ability to multi-task. Many people ask me regularly, how do you juggle everything and the only honest answer I can give besides “I don’t” is organisation.
Making sure you’re organised helps you to achieve your goals more effectively, allows you to be on time, complete tasks efficiently and stay on top of your dreams. As an adult, I have never really understood the concept of “relaxing” and while I know this isn’t always a good thing, having a sense of urgency to complete my goals in order to reach my long terms goals is very important to me, and has led me to The Lifestyle Nest, this blog, law school and working full time. So how do you efficiently organise yourself and your life?
Here’s what helps me to stay on top of everything without feeling overwhelmed;
- Keep a diary/planner – Plan meetings, appointments, interviews, social events, class timetables etc on your scheduled days. This will take away the stress of actually having to remember everything you have to get done. You will be surprised just how much emotional stress can play a role in your overall stress, so decrease it as much as you can.
- Write down weekly goals – Keeping weekly goals not only helps you achieve quicker, but it also provides you with a sense of accomplishment. Knowing that you have achieved your goals for the week helps to keep you motivated and happy. So plan some realistic goals that you would like to achieve, it could be as simple as “drink more water” but if you stick to it, it is an achievement towards healthier eating.
- Know your long term goals and dreams – So many of us think we know what we want, but we really do not. I only realised what it is I want to do this year! What my real passion and dreams are and now I am motivated to achieve those goals. So ask yourself, “What is it that I want” and honestly if you can think it, you can do it.
- Plan a day off to relax or time to be with friends/family – Having a day off is so very important. Plan time to have for yourself, with friends and family, to unwind and relax. Your body and mind will thank you for it and you will be able to prepare yourself better mentally and physically to achieve your goals.
- Prepare the day before – Preparing the day before can actually help you achieve your goals better, so have a structure in place as to what you want to achieve and how it can be achieved. Remember to be realistic and do not be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t come through for you. There is always the next day. Stay positive.
- Plan 15 minutes a day completely to yourself – Remove technology, people, noise and any other type of distraction and simply take the time to stop, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Using this form of meditation keeps you calm and focused. Don’t be afraid to try it.
So while I am a busy person and often can’t find the time to even breathe, these things help me from completely losing the plot and remain an excellent way to stay organised. If you struggle to get things done by yourself, also don’t be afraid to ask for help, that is another great stress reliever especially if you have a great support system.
What do you think? How do you stay organised during the hustle and bustle of life?