Organizing habits can improve well being, health and safety, time management and productivity. In C. Drexel’s, “Habits: Easy Habits For a Better Life” 2017, Drexel lists 15 habits for a better life. They include:
- Exercise regularly
- Eat healthy
- Sleep well
- Maintain a journal
- Reduce tv/laptop time
- Have simple expectations
- Lead a simple life
- Learn to keep an open mind
- Write down your goals
- Nurture close relationships
- Spend time outdoors
- Practice morning rituals
- Spend wisely
We can all improve our habits and way of thinking to be more organized. As a Personal Professional Organizer and Time Management Coach I encourage you to let common sense guide you. Select one habit to create or improve rather than try to take on too many. Inspired by Drexel’s work, read more about my top organizing habits, also referred to as “Optimal Habits”…
Denise’s Organizing Habits
In my 2012 book of organizing inspirations, “Organizing Your Life From Outside In” , I offer ways to be more positive, inspired and motivated about your accomplishments including space decluttering and organizing, time management and productivity, and image and wardrobe updating. Too often we focus on what we haven’t done which doesn’t move us forward or help us to achieve our goals. Here are 6 of these organizing habits:
Exercise and move on a daily basis
You don’t have to hire a personal trainer or join a gym to move on a daily basis You can…park your car far from your destination; take the stairs instead of the escalator; and hold walking meetings. Organizing and time management tip: Manage your time by leaving extra time in between tasks and meetings.
You don’t have to hire a nutritionist or personal chef. You can…add more vegetables and fruits, drink more water, reduce or eliminate meat, poultry, reduce or eliminate added sugar. Organizing and time management tip: Select a couple of healthy recipes, create a shopping list, schedule time to shop, cook and freeze leftovers.
Get quality sleep
This one is the most important organizing habits to create and maintain. Get 7-8 hours every night. Organizing and time management tip: Create a sleep schedule and stick to it! Go to sleep and awake at the same time every day. Sleep in a dark and quiet room with fresh air. Create a get ready for bed routine 30-60 minutes before you go to sleep. You know the ways that we self sabotage, they include too much caffeine, alcohol, or technology before you go to bed. Have you heard the term “FOMO”, fear of missing out? It’s okay to leave an evening event to get home and get quality sleep, you won’t miss a thing, trust me.
When you meditate on a regular basis you benefit. This is true even if you only have 3-5 minutes a day to practice. Not all of us have the ability to sit for an hour to meditate. You can…close your eyes in a safe and private environment, practice and focus on deep breathing, eat a mindful meal (complete silence), take a mindful walk, listen to a guided meditation.
Gratitude is something that you can practice every day and it takes little or no time. You can do 1 or more of these things…smiling at yourself in the mirror, make eye contact with and smile at someone, write down 1 or more things/people you are grateful for when you awaken or before you go to sleep, be courteous, do something kind for a stranger, acquaintance, friend or family member for no particular reason. Organizing and time management tip: Start a list of things and people you are grateful for today. You can list things throughout the day, when you wake up, or before you go to sleep.
Do something creative
Organizing and time management tip: You can…paint, draw or doodle, dance like no one is watching, sing in the shower, write in a journal, day dream, try a new recipe, rearrange the furniture. Get your creative juices flowing as often as possible. Don’t wait for “free time”, schedule 10-30 minutes at least 3 days a week.
Look for more of my organizing habits in my next blog post. Let me know about your successes.
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