Being organised is something we all want to be, but it can seem daunting to decide where to begin. Especially when your whole life is one unorganised mess.
I understand. I have been there myself.
But for me, being organised is all about adopting the right habits and starting your day right. Organisation is not a one time game, and you have to adopt these habits and make it into a lifestyle. But if you feel overwhelmed, here are some habits that will help you be more organised.
And as always the best way to do something that seems overwhelming is to do it in the morning because you’re already feeling productive and tackle on the day. So you might as well take that energy and get things done and celebrate that win for the day. So let’s talk about habits of organised people:
#1: They wake up early in the morning:
The best way to be organised and make sure you have plenty of time in the morning is to wake up early in the morning. So wake up a few hours before you have to get to work.
This will give you plenty of time to get organised, work on your goals and be productive (more on this later).
The best way to wake up early in the morning is to go to sleep at a reasonable hour. I usually sleep around 10 PM and wake up around 5 AM. And this is my morning routine that helps me be productive and I am really proud of it.
If you’re someone who loves to snooze their alarm and has trouble waking up early in the mornings, Here is how you can become a morning person and start waking up early.
#2: They don’t check their phone in the morning:
With social media and our phones being such a big part of our lives, we tend to immediately check out phones when we wake up. And the fact that we usually have our alarms on our phones doesn’t help either.
We waste so much time scrolling through social media in the morning and we compare our loves with others. This means we don’t often have enough time to work on our goals and priorities and are constantly effected by what we see online.
But organised people know that checking your phone first thing is the morning is not good for them. You end up wasting so much time on your time. You could instead use this time to have a nourishing meal before you get to work.
#3: They make to-do list:
Writing down a daily to-do list is one of the best tools to stay productive and organised through the day.
It is a very simple exercise that just takes 5 minutes and helps you realign and re-centre your focus on what needs to be done during the day. To-do lists are super effective and they help you in being organised. Once you’ve written all your tasks for the day down, you get a clear idea of what your day looks like and which tasks you need to prioritise.
They are also great because they make sure that you don’t forget something important. And they’ll later help you schedule your day so that you can get your most important tasks of the day done earlier in the day. This will save you the stress later on and you can log off from work knowing that you’ve not forgotten anything.
#4: They make their bed:
If there is one habit that I absolute never miss doing, it is making my bed. Seems like such a small thing but makes such a big impact.
Especially if you’re working from home, like me. Make your bed first thing in the morning so that you’re not tempted to get back in bed later on during the day. And believe me, on some days that temptation is REAL.
It also helps me get my day started on the right note, because I know I have done one positive habit and it carries on through the day and keeps me feeling productive.
#5: They have Routines:
I absolutely swear by MY MORNING ROUTINE and don’t know where I’d be without it. Organised people often have routines that help them be organised. Setting up and sticking to a routine is a sure shot way to know that you are doing al the right habits that will help you reach your personal development goals as well.
And routines are the easiest way you can add new habits in your day and stick to them to make long lasting changes.
If you do not have a routine in place, I highly recommend you make one that works for you. Same goes for night routines and evening post work wind down routines.
#6: They stick to good daily habits:
Goes hand in hand with having a routine. having good daily habits is so important to be more organised and it helps you work towards your goals.
Habits are the thing that makes all the difference when it comes to improving your life. Habits and being able to stick to them will make or break your day and hence your week and month.
And all organised people have good daily habits that they stick to. Some of these daily habits include working out (because it’s good for your body and keeps you energised through the day), eating good home cooked meals (to nourish your body).
These habits will help you keep an organised home and an organised life without feeling like you need a day every week just to get things organised. When done daily, they don’t take that long but serve you so well.
#7: They keep a Habit tracker:
If you are a planner girl, you know how life altering it can be. And all organised people keep habit trackers because they know how crucial habits are for their success. They also know that adopting new habits and sticking to them can be a little difficult before life gets in the way.
But habit trackers make it easier for you to stay consistent and help you in sticking to new habits.
#8: They keep a daily planner:
Planning your day and knowing when you need to get a task done is super helpful in keeping you productive and organised. And all organised people know that. That’s why they keep a daily planner and plan their day ahead.
They schedule tasks from their to-do lists and use time blocking and other productivity techniques to make the most of their day and get things done.
Having a Daily planner also helps them keep track of the events and meeting that are going on in the day and help them plan their work better.
#9: They set their priorities right:
Having a to-do list and using a daily planner is one thing, but organised people also set their priorities for the day.
They know what’s of most importance and which tasks they need to get done first.
Because sometimes things don’t go according to the plan and you should know where to focus your time and energy to get the closest to your goals. This one thing has helped me immensely while working from home as a new mom.
I often don’t know how my day will go because little babies are unpredictable at times. Some days my daughter is super clingy. On those days, I know that I need to be with my lil babe and won’t get as much time for work. So I only get my top priority tasks done.
#10: They do a quick tidy:
Having a clean and clutter free home is one thing that keeps me super productive. It’s just something about having the right environment. Doing a quick tidy if the entire house in the morning right after breakfast is one habit that helps me stay productive and organised.
If you are one of those people who do not like cleaning, then you can get away with just doing the basics as they take about 15 minutes everyday and makes so much of a difference.
A quick 15 minute tidy can include:
- Your counter tops
- Dining table
- Side stools & Living room in general
#11: Get ready for work even when WFH:
Organised and productive people always get ready for their work day even when they are working from home.
This tip goes far especially for people who work for their own and work from home. Changing out of your PJs and into your work clothes (as comfy as you like them to be) helps indicate your brain that it’s time to switch gears and get into work mode.
Having said that, organised people lay out clothes/outfits for the entire week on a Sunday to have a hassle free week and so that they don’t waste time every morning in deciding what to wear.
Having a capsule wardrobe helps as well. So does having a work uniform. Basically having an idea of what goes well and how to accessories your outfits to look chic while being comfortable is the key.
#12: They Use the 2 minute rule:
Organised people are organised because they don’t let things pile up. They tackle them right away and use the 2 minute rule.
2 minute rule says that if some work comes up that’ll only take you 2 minutes to do, then you do it right away, instead of adding it to your to-do list. And it is such a good habit to tackle things as they come especially if they won’t take that long.
#13: They eat the frog:
Organised and productive people “eat the frog” before noon. Wait! You don’t actually have to eat the frog. It’s an expression from the book “Eat that frog”. It means getting your most important task( M.I.T) of the day done.
Having done your MIT of the day will give you a sense of achievement and a feeling of a win. It will also help to reduce some stress and you know you can get the rest of the things done and log off from work at a reasonable hour in the evening.
Also, tackling the most difficult thing in the morning makes more sense because you have more energy and the mental bandwidth to really focus on the task and get it done. Productivity and motivation usually takes a plunge post lunch, so it’s highly advisable that you get your MIT done before noon.
#14: Have a nutritious meal & Meal prep:
Taking care of your body is super important. And organised and productive people know how important meal planning and prepping is. They take the time before noon and get all their meals and snacks sorted and prepped for the day. This ensures that they are eating good healthy and balanced food which keeps them feeling their best.
That’s all the things that organised people do before noon. Hope this post inspires you to make changes to your lifestyle and get organised. Being organised takes some time and efforts and these habits take some time to build. But when you are consistent, real change happens. If you’re looking for more organisation tips, here are the posts that you should check out: