A few months ago we shared a few tips regarding decluttering your home. This week we are challenging you to take it a step further and form some new habits that lead to better personal organization.
Leave Your Keys and Phone in the Same Spot
Leave your keys, cell phone, blackberry, iPod, and other such accessories you carry day in and day out, in the same place every single time you walk through the door of your home. Have a spot in your entry way (or entrance) for these items, so you are never running around, late for work, wondering where your keys and phone are hiding.
Create a Task List or Checklist
Make a new to-do list every single day based on the previous day’s list and anything that came up since the last list was created. Even if you’re not a big list maker and only jot down the big projects, look at it every day and cross off what you’ve completed (or what you’ve deemed no longer relevant). Not only will this help keep you on top of your tasks, it will make you feel productive when you cross off that item after it’s been completed.
Check Your Bank Balance Online
Do a quick scan of your checking and savings accounts. We suggest this for three reasons: 1) It allows you to see what you spent the previous day. 2) You can check for fraudulent charges. 3)Looking at your savings puts you in the right frame of mind each morning to continue saving.
Carry a Small Notepad
A small, pocket-sized notebook is essential to an organized life. Use this to write down items for your shopping list, errands, to-dos, and random thoughts, and carry it with you every where you go. It’s endlessly portable, user-friendly, and never needs re-charging. You never know when you’ll need to quickly jot something down.
Declutter Your Wallet
Organizing your wallet is one of the best, quick and easy organizing projects to instill as a daily habit. Tackle this one whenever you have some downtime — like sitting in front of the TV on a weeknight. How to declutter your wallet:
File away the receipts you need to hang onto, then shred and recycle the rest.
Go through your cadre of rewards cards. Make sure the ones you use the most are front and center.Remove your change and store it in a jar or other designated container in your home. There’s no need to carry around the extra weight.
Lay Out Your Clothing for the Next Day
Laying things out beforehand makes you feel more orderly and efficient. There is no time that this is more critical than in the morning when you’re rushing to get yourself (and possibly others) ready for school or work. That’s why we recommend laying your clothing out the night before. It saves you time in the morning from staring into your closet wondering what you should wear. Once you get into the habit of prepping things before you need them, then you’ll never go back.
Prep the Launch Pad
Much like laying out your clothes, prepping your foyer or launch pad area is going to make you feel really good about getting out the door quickly the next morning. A few to-dos: 1)Re-pack and refresh gym bags, work bags, and school bags. 2) Lay out ingredients for breakfast and lunch. 3)Check the weather report and locate umbrellas, if necessary.
Follow a Routine
Have a plan of what you need to get done and when you’re going to check those actions items off your to-do list. Sticking to a routine helps to automate tasks that need to get done — whether you dread them or not — because doing something every single day will make your brain happy and help to create good habits. Try this out by making a general plan for your day and stick to it for a week.