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How I Changed My Life to Get Organized - Declutter and Organize Your Whole House
I always work best under pressure. So, when I look over my to-do list for the day I stir up a sensation of panic and crisis. This helps me to focus, block out my time and actually finish all that I set my mind to.
There are a lot of strategies available to help you become more productive, depending on how you work best. Why not try this guide to building the most productive day of your entire life in just a few steps. Upgrade your tools. I use the Getting Things Done planner to help my day-to-day become more organized, and keep my notes, random thoughts and braindumps in my Make It Happen notebook. This helps keeps my planner clear and organized and stop me from feeling overwhelmed.
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Try Out This Buying Rule. I can be a little bit of a hoarder. I keep almost everything, cards, concert tickets, plane tickets even stones! Stay away from bargains and every time you buy something new, throw something away.
1. Keep Only Four Items On Your Desk
In order for you to do this, you need to acquire and maintain certain new habits. Again, I always find writing in my Getting Things Done planner helps me to create and keep new habits. The right-hand side of the page is perfect for tracking meals, logging my water intake, and writing reminders to organize my house in. Is your inbox full of these emails?
This is a problem of mine and sometimes the important emails can get lost in the spam. Create a folder for these emails you need to get back to. Keep them out of the way and keep your inbox full of priorities instead. Just make sure to set a date and a reminder to reply to them, all it will take is one hour every week!
Try This Two-Minute Rule. The productivity expert James Clear advises that all the tasks you usually put off probably will only take you two minutes to complete. And I tried this today.
How to Organize Your Life
So, I made an effort to make sure to concentrate on them and they were quicker than expected. All are easy and really not all that time-consuming. You have the time. So use it! Create A Personal Goal List. With a list in place, you can start to organize your buckets of time in a way that works for you. How many of us have grand visions of a different life but then give up and fall back to our usual habits?
These are hard changes to make. As we wrote in our Guide to Building Better Habits , the only way to hit these major goals is to work on them slowly and steadily, day after day. Unfortunately, even if we do set aside the time to work on these changes, we still end up self-sabotaging our schedules in a number of ways. And the prep time before and after to be prepared and document what needs to get done. One of the worst things in our modern work culture is the expectation of an instant response. In fact, when we surveyed hundreds of RescueTime users , we found that Being transparent and explicit about expectations and time responses is one of the easiest ways to make your work culture better for everyone.
We have a plan for organizing our time. We understand our priorities and what we want to achieve. And we know the biggest issues getting in the way.
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The next step is to bring in time management strategies and techniques that work for you based on what you already know. When we looked at data from 50, knowledge workers, we found that on average, people check their inboxes every 6 minutes during the day , leaving them with no real focused time to make progress on the work that matters most.
Instead, you need to figure out the appropriate cadence for yourself. So every 60 minutes, open your email once and respond to as many things as you can. Once you batch your email and communication, it opens up larger sections of focused time in your day. Schedule what needs to get done and when. As you start to integrate your tasks into your calendar, you need to think about a couple of things:.
Whenever that is. We all make the mistake of getting caught up in the immediate. But, as Julie explains, staying organized means having a long view of your time. Planning for tomorrow plus two means you have time and space to not just be reactive. But this only works if you maintain the practice.
Where many of us get overwhelmed with our time is with the small tasks that pile up. The little things that we keep pushing to tomorrow and eventually take up our energy and time. Getting through these small, annoying tasks can take a ton of mental pressure off the rest of your workweek and is just another great example of the power of getting the small things right. Bigger ideas. All of the things that give us a work-life balance and help us feel purposeful and happy. As Julie discovered, the most productive people take more time off and spend more time finding a work-life balance that works for them.
And there are really just three kinds of activities that you need to do in order to get those benefits. I call it PEP.