How to Be a More Organized Person

Getting organized and making the day go a little further and smoother is possible. We'll tell you what organized people do and how you can become one of them!
How to Be a More Organized Person

Last update: 11 September, 2021

Do you get frustrated at the end of the day when you realize that you were only able to only finish two of the 10 activities you had planned? It’s very common to feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day. Organization is the key to making our routine efficient, but for that, you must learn how to be a more organized person.

Those who are organized don’t go beyond what they write in their agenda, in which they keep a meticulous record of what they have to do.

In this sense, when the day comes to an end, they take 10 minutes to plan the next day’s activities and highlight those that are a priority. Moreover, they’re not only orderly in their notes, but also their work or study spaces.

Tips for being a more organized person

We’re going to share some tips that can help you to be a little more organized and feel that the day has been productive. We should clarify that you can apply them in any area, whether it’s your home, your work, or your life in general.

Use lists

Making to-do lists is a very good start to becoming a more organized person. There are applications designed to make lists with classifications, colors, or priorities. However, using a classic notebook is always a valid choice.

At the same time, it’s important to establish which activity is the most urgent and which is the most tedious to accomplish first. The world-renowned speaker, Brian Tracy, states in his book Eat That Frog! that once you get rid of what you’ve been putting off, everything starts to flow much faster.

You should also make sure not to try to rely on your memory, no matter how good it is. It’s always better to put everything in writing so you don’t end up asking yourself “What was I supposed to do?”. By making notes, you’ll reduce misunderstandings and confusion.

A woman writing in her notebook.
Writing lists in a notebook is still a classic way to improve organization.

Keep everything in its place

You’d be amazed if you counted the time we waste looking for our car keys because we didn’t put them in their place. Chargers, cell phones, papers, pens, clothes, toys in homes where there are children… everything has to have an assigned place, which must be respected. Otherwise, you’ll spend the whole day searching.

One of the tips from Marie Kondo, the expert in tidying up the home, is that whenever you go from one room to another, you should take something with us. That’s to say, you should take advantage of the trip to take the clothes that were left in the kitchen to the bedroom, for example. It’s very simple and you will save a lot of time.

Tidy up your computer

If you work with a computer, it should be organized, with a clean desk, and with information instantly available. Make use of folders and subfolders to classify your documents.

The same applies to browser bookmarks. It’s essential to have folders of websites that have characteristics in common or that contain similar information. For example, news, suppliers, customers, payment platforms, banks, movies, etc.

It seems obvious, but many times, we add a new bookmark to our favorites, and then it gets lost. This demands time the next time we log in.

Do one thing at a time

It’s better (and more productive) to focus your attention on one activity at a time. That way, you don’t get distracted or divert your energy into trying to do several tasks at the same time, which often leads to not being able to finish either one.

Maintain orderly routines

Life consists of systems: work, chores, home, cooking, shopping. Each system makes different demands on us. We suggest you review what systems you have in your life and organize them one by one, so you know what activities each one will demand from you.

The advantages of being an organized person

Once organization is a part of your life, you’ll be able to enjoy the advantages of order. Here are 3 benefits that will appear immediately.

1. You’ll save time

By having everything planned the day before, you’ll start the day with less to do. While having breakfast, you can go over your agenda and start without surprises, such as forgotten due dates or overdue bills.

Also, organized people don’t leave anything for the next day. In other words, they clean their kitchen at night and everything is in its place before they rest. Believe us: you’ll start your mornings with a different outlook!

A mother serving breakfast to her son and daughter.
You can have a stress-free and unhurried family breakfast if you organize your the night before.

2. Life will be more simple

Everything boils down to reducing and simplifying. For example, by having a single list, you have everything in the same place and you won’t forget birthdays or pay the electricity bill.

3. Your stress levels will be lower

Everything we’ve been reviewing in this article leads us to reduce stress levels. That way, we don’t overwhelm ourselves by trying to accomplish things we already know in advance that we won’t be able to accomplish. Instead, we trust the list we’ve made and stick to it.

Being a more organized person is a worthwhile change

One of the greatest satisfactions is taking a marker and crossing off an activity you had to do and have finished. It’s a feeling of great self-fulfillment.

Remember to be kind to yourself and set daily goals that you can meet. This way, you’ll avoid the frustration of not having been able to accomplish all the tasks you’d set for yourself. Lists must be credible and achievable. Do you already have yours ready for tomorrow?

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