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The world seems to be increasingly busy, and alongside that, it can be difficult to know how to balance and manage your life. The key to figuring that out seems to be to get more organized – but how exactly do you do that? Here are some tips that might just help you out.
Day to day, it can be difficult to figure out what you are doing and where you’re supposed to be. As much as possible, start to structure your time so that you always know what’s happening, whether that’s work, socialising, or the scheduled downtime that so many of us need in order to be able to focus. The most important part of figuring out your daily structure is that you need to add aspects of healthiness too – build time to meditate when you wake up, to go for a walk when you get home, to practise yoga in your front room. When you build these things specifically into each day, you’ll stop leaving them until tomorrow. You can use an app like The Fabulous to help you build these rituals into your time.
A lot of us rely on our memories for every aspect of our lives, but we should all realise right now that our minds are much more fallible than we might expect, and unless we start writing things down more, things are going to start falling through the cracks. Purchase a diary and enter your appointments in there as you make them, including the time and where you need to be. You could also invest in a family calendar so you know where your loved ones are supposed to be and when, so that you can plan other aspects of your life.
It can be very difficult to have a clear mind when your home is messy. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start if the clutter has built up over time, but getting it sorted out is easier than you may think – and it will make you a whole lot happier, too. Focus on what Marie Kondo advises about decluttering, and go for categories rather than rooms. For instance, clear out all your books one day, your clothes another, kitchen utensils on another day, and so on. If you go room by room, you’ll just end up moving things around without making any progress. Have three bags with you: one for items you want to keep, one for items you want to throw away, and one for items that you want to donate.
Organising your finances is perhaps the hardest thing of all but there are a few easy things you can do that should make life feel a lot simpler. Firstly, put aside money for your savings whenever you get paid instead of at the end of the month. Secondly, stop using your card to pay for things on a day to day basis. If you use cash, you’ll be more aware of how much you’re spending. Thirdly, stop making impulse purchases. Wait for a week, and see if you still want the item, and then re-evaluate.
Organising your life doesn’t have to be painful – these tips should help you feel much less scattered and more together.