We all have that one person at work or school who is effortlessly organized. They never seem to miss any deadlines, always finish their work with time to spare, and always know where they can find what they are looking for.
And let’s face it: you are obviously jealous of them. But why? Why be jealous when you can actually learn from them and be the same as them? They do seem to be on the right track with life, don’t they?
Being organized isn’t just something you adapt to. Well, okay, initially it is. But slowly as you dwell in your organized lifestyle, you tend to start taking it more as a mindset rather than a way of living. For instance, you begin living your life in an organized manner, with each and every thing in your routine well thought out. And then comes a time where your systems and your rituals are actually morphed into your routine, and your mind adapts to them as habits. If you actually happen to get to this stage; congratulations, you’ve officially become an organized person.
Without further ado, let’s get you introduced to the 20 daily habits of highly organized people. Don’t worry, it’s nothing you can’t handle!
1. They read/address emails on a daily basis
Here’s the deal: it doesn’t matter at what time of the day you check your inbox. What matters is that you have a dedicated timeslot each day, let’s say, half an hour, for reading and answering all your emails. Your cluttered up inbox won’t go anywhere unless you handle it appropriately.
2. They also read/address mail on a daily basis
If you have a pile of mail, then dedicating some of your time to sort these bad boys out on a daily basis, just like your emails, won’t hurt.
3. They clear paper piles off their desk
There should absolutely be no space at all for clutter on your desk. If there are piles of paper that need to be sorted out, get straight to it!
4. They have specific routines and rituals set for the start and end of every day
Staying organized isn’t all about being uptight. You should always spare some time out for things that make you who you are. You don’t want to be a prisoner of your routine now, do you?
5. They put everything where it belongs
Each and every thing is supposed to go in its rightful place. Don’t leave your socks in the fridge!
6. They follow a to-do list
Following a to-do list is like your primary source of organization. Never miss out on it!
7. They prioritize
What’s more important? Get to it first! Don’t forget to prioritize. Postpone whatever that can be done sometime later and get to the dirty-bits first.
8. They leave room for last minute changes in the list
You’re doing just fine with your daily routine and are almost half-way through, when it out of nowhere, your best friend calls you up for an urgent meeting. Did you leave enough room for this sudden readjustment in your to-do list? You had better!
9. They have some “me-time” every day
Again, it’s not about being a prisoner of your routine when you can always cut some time out for yourself. Read a book, watch a movie, hit the gym; whatever that floats your boat!
10. They never leave anything undone
This is the holy grail of staying organized. Don’t leave any task half done. Leaving unfinished business is the hallmark of a disorganized person.
11. They stay well-nourished throughout the day
Your routine needs you in order to complete. You need food in order to complete your routine. What can you possibly do without enough energy? It’s a simple equation.
12. They always plan the coming day in advance.
Once you’re done with your day, then would be a good time to plan for the coming day. Every day needs its own unique to-do list!
13. They set alarms and reminders
You can’t leave room for error. Have everything on your side to help you avoid them. Set alarms, reminders, and whatever else you need to deal with your tasks on time.
14. They know how to filter relevant information
The best example in this regard is your notification list. The latest cat video on the Internet is irrelevant. The email you just received from your client is top priority. Make sure you know how to differentiate between these two.
15. They are not perfectionists
Not everything can be just the way you want it. Sometimes, “good enough” really is enough to get you by. So know where the most feasible option would suffice, and forget about making things perfect.
16. They leave no room for clutter
As mentioned earlier, clutter is your worst enemy. Leave no room for it on your territory!
17. They keep all the essentials within touching distance
Pen? Paper? Smartphone? Spare underwear? Yes, you can need any of those at any point. Keep them around you so you don’t face any problems during emergencies.
18. They are always prepared to face any mishaps
Staying organized is mainly all about preparing yourself to face turmoil, whenever it shows up. Don’t be afraid of tackling mishaps head on, deal with the elephant in the room first.
19. They opt for the simplest solutions
You don’t need only the best pen in the whole world to do your paperwork. A mere pencil will be enough. Follow the same ideology regarding everything else. Pick the simplest problem-solver!
20. They practice maintenance
This doesn’t mean you need to be a top quality handyman. You don’t even need to be tech-savvy for this one. So long as you know how to keep everything up-to-date and maintained, there is no one that can disturb you in your organized glory!
Written by Daniel Philben