How to Organize Your Life
Is it really that important to be organized, or are the merits of a highly organized life rather overrated? Is it necessary to first be organized in order to be your efficient and productive best? Now, the answer to that depends on what you think being organized means.
Restoring order in the physical spaces around you is only one facet of organization. To be organized is also about knowing what you want to do, how you want to do it and what you need to help you get those things done.
Being organized is important, in that sense, because it lends clarity to your vision. Just like keeping things arranged and in their place helps you find them more easily, organizing your life allows you to have a better view of what you want to be doing with it, and how.
Here are some of our tips on how you can organize your life:
First things first, it’s okay to not have long-term goals
Most of us let our lives fall apart because we’re constantly looking for that one thing (dream job, relationship, career) that will help us hold it all together. But what are you to do until you know what you really want? It’s fine to not have long-term goals. The important thing is to listen to yourself attentively and identify the many things that you like to do, the things that you’re good at, the things that matter, and the like. Being attuned to these things will give you some perspective on how you’d like to organize your life.
Write it all down
If you’re not a stationery enthusiast who’d like to sit down with elegant planners, multiple sticky notes and coloured pens, then there are several alternatives (apps) to help you jot things down (and set reminders for them, if required). From your grocery list to your weekly targets at work, jotting the details down will clear up your mind space and make room for more meditative activities. More importantly, having a list to check items off of is one of the best (and most satisfying) ways of being answerable to the things-to-be-done.
Don’t get (too) comfortable with clutter
Routinely clear things out and bring back a sense of order to your arrangement. This does not mean that you need to be neurotic about things not being in their place. It’s actually a good idea to let a little bit of clutter accumulate every now and then, because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as clearing all that out. And, from this clutter, you will often discover things that had slipped your mind or things that you had forgotten about—this is the (much needed) clarity that emerges from the state of confusion that clutter is.
Make time for people
Organizing your life and the space around isn’t just about ‘cleansing’ it. It’s also an inclusive activity. Identify the people who matter and work towards staying connected with them. Be there for people when they need you. When you’re trying to get your priorities right, don’t end up being your only priority. People matter, and they add great value and offer intelligent perspective to your life.
Needless to say, we’re connected to everyone and everything round the clock. The challenge, then, is to disconnect every now and then. What our lives really need is a good digital detox. Pick your time of the day, or day of the week, when you really want to unwind and de-stress. Clean up your email inbox, respond to those urgent texts and phone calls, and then just take a step back from the relentless onslaught of WhatsApp and whatnot messages.
Manage your time
Time management is hugely underrated. And also commonly misunderstood. Managing your time isn’t about having every minute of the day accounted for. But it’s more about being your efficient best, figuring out what makes you feel motivated and productive, and then to work according to your discoveries about yourself.
We’re all looking to be better versions of ourselves. But with several day-to-day tasks taking up our time, we forget to look at the larger picture. MeraJob’s ‘How to Be a Better You’ is an eight-part series of self-improvement articles to help you enhance your performance at work and be successful at whatever you choose to do.
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