If you’ve been paying attention to the media lately. It seems like the topic of organization has skyrocketed. I mean, I understand that I may be a little untidy, but you don’t need to remind me, Marie Kondo! The truth is, all those professional organizers, books, and Netflix series all have something in common: tidying up can be very beneficial in your life. Although, sometimes it’s hard to learn how to begin the process. So, what is the secret to organization in your life? These tips can provide the breakthrough we’re all searching for.
Organization and Your Daily Life
You’ve probably heard this from many people: “Just buy a planner if you’re unorganized!” Well, owning a planner is not going to fix everything. You can’t declutter a closet using a brightly colored booklet printed with a glittery inspirational quote. The point is, just because you bought a planner doesn’t mean that it’s going to magically organize your life you need to understand how to use it in the best way possible.
Keep a List of Small Daily Activities
In the morning take some time to create a list of important tasks that need to be finished that day. Keeping these tasks small is important. Just make sure the tasks are only for that day – no big weekly tasks. This way, you are breaking up your week into smaller day-to-day activities that are more achievable.
Write Down Larger Weekly Activities Separately
Your big weekly activities can go into that planner of yours. Most planners will have weekly sections for every month. In the weekly section you can add your big picture items: project deadlines, meetings, doctor appointments, etc. As you check your planner for the week and see a weekly activity approaching, you can prepare by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable steps using your daily lists
Top Organization Apps for Teachers
- Socrative Teacher
- Seesaw: The Learning Journal
- Google Drive – free online storage and tools
- Evernote Scannable
- SimplyCircle – Group Communication
- Paperless Assignments with Dropbox and Google
Organization and Your Home
Home’s are often sacred spaces for the people living in them. If your home is messy, or not decorated like you want, it can create an atmosphere of stress and anxiety. Of course, you may not have time to clean for an entire day, so here’s some quick tidying up solutions.
Make Your Home or Classroom a Welcoming Space
After a long day at work, you don’t want to walk into a disorganized house. Nor do you and your students want to walk into a disorganized classroom after a refreshing night’s sleep. One way to eliminate this would be to take 10 minutes every day to organize your life in school or at home. You can do this in the morning or at the end of the day. This will keep all your things put up so disorganization doesn’t build up over time.
Remove Unnecessary Items
Here’s a scary statistic cited by professional organizer Regina Lark; the average American home has 300,000 items in it. I know this may seem daunting, but open that junk drawer, closet, or room. Do you need everything in there? Here’s a solution: every day try to remove one item from your home that doesn’t serve its purpose anymore. If you try this for one month you can eliminate 30 items that you don’t need! This can free you from the constrains and stress of excess clutter.
Using Organization to Declutter Your Mind
This sounds like it’s impossible, but I promise you it isn’t. Some easy solutions to this would be the two above: writing things down and clearing out your physical space. But how do we achieve mental clarity throughout the day?
Clear Your Mind First Thing in the Morning
Starting your day with a clean mental slate is important. And the best thing is, it only takes a few minutes. While you reorganize your home, make a dedicated space for your morning meditation. This way, you can create a new daily habit of relaxing and clearing your mind in a comfortable space. Also, meditation can help with anxiety, stress, and cognitive abilities.
Write Notes Throughout the Day
Keeping a mini notebook of all your fleeting thoughts, quick to-do’s, and important information will help you in the long run. Writing these tasks will also help you remember them later, so you can use that extra mental space for more pressing items.
Living a more organized life can help you manage stress, anxiety, and planning. Try to implement one of these organizational tactics into your life for just one week to see how it can positively affect your life. In fact, you can create a new habit using the S.M.A.R.T.: a goal-setting acronym.
Specific: Is your goal simple enough to easily define?
Measurable: Can you track and be motivated by a specific result?
Achievable: Is your goal attainable?
Relevant: Is this goal being set at the right time for your environment or needs?
Time: Does your goal have a deadline or is it time sensitive?