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No matter where you fall on the organization spectrum, from Marie Kondo to full-blown hoarder, we can all agree the topic is becoming difficult to avoid. From best-selling novels and Netflix shows to social media accounts and even specialty organization stores, the organization craze is everywhere. Typically, when we think of organization, our first thought is to focus on our home and surroundings. This view fails to recognize that organization extends far beyond just what the inside of our house looks like.
Simply defined, organization is to arrange things into a structured whole—to create order. Order can have a positive impact on every aspect of our lives, such as family and relationships, health, work, hobbies and finances. You often hear people say that when they are excelling in one area of their life that they are dropping the ball in another. A presentation gets them a win at work at the expense of missing their daughter’s basketball game. This is where we can find real value of implementing organization guidelines— turning chaos into order and improving your capacity to juggle priorities. I will be the first to admit that this is easier said than done. But improvement happens one step at a time.
Here are some of my recommendations to help you find balance and organize your life.
Habits run our lives, whether we realize it or not. Some habits are great, like waking up early, brushing your teeth two times per day or walking 15 minutes during your lunch break. However, not all habits are good habits. Some may be derailing you from your goals. Take some time today to examine the habits in your life and determine which ones you would like to eliminate or improve upon.
Plan Ahead and Keep a Schedule
Have you ever gotten to the end of your day and wondered where the time went? Scheduling out your upcoming day, week, and even month ahead of time can help you determine your priorities, make you aware of what is expected of you and help you avoid any unwelcome surprises.
There are many different tools and platforms available to help you keep track of your time and the key is finding the one that works best for you. Here are a few of my favorites:
- iPhone reminder app: a great widget so my to-dos are always right in front of me
- Trello: organize work or personal projects and invite others to collaborate
- A good old-fashioned planner
It is powerful to have one place that contains everything—work responsibilities, personal appointments, dinner with friends, childcare drop-off and pick-up times, date nights, workouts and home commitments. Seeing it all side by side allows you to fill in gaps and prepare accordingly. A bonus tip for planning ahead: develop a weekly meal plan or implement some simple meal prepping.
Find Peace and Balance
You can’t do it all. Go ahead and repeat that. Organizing your life is meant to bring order and balance. Sometimes that will mean prioritizing yourself and inner peace and force you to say “no” to certain activities or commitments. No is a powerful word. Eliminating unnecessary commitments and low priority activities will not only help you stay organized, but also free up time for the areas of your life that may be in need of more attention when you feel like you are out of balance.
Organization can be overwhelming, hopefully these tips help and remember—improvement happens one step at a time.
About the Author
Organizations are in a constant state of change and the Kinetiq Health team supports them every step of the way. A unique formula of people, processes and technologies enables our team to keep an educated eye on the financial and clinical implications of data to move organizations toward improved financial health and employee well-being.