Highly organized people

Highly Organized People are timely, efficient, and generally feel balanced. They are observant and always reevaluating how things get done. If there is a better, simpler or more efficient way to do something they are open to change.

Highly organized people do not:

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Healthy sleep regimen | Critical (freedigitalphotos.net tiverylucky)
  • Have insufficient sleep patterns. Highly organized people maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Sleep deprivation is rampant. Irregular sleep patterns and insufficient hours of quality of sleep negatively impact health, mood, energy and focus.
  • Work better under pressure. This belief is a myth and in many cases a weak rationale for procrastination. If you think that it is true for you and yet, you are disorganized, work with a Professional Organizer or Time Management Coach and compare the results.
  • Arrive late or keep others waiting. Highly organized people respect others’ time and value credibility that comes with being on time and reliable.
  • Miss deadlines or incur late fees and penalties. Highly organized people use tools (manual and digital) to keep them on schedule.
  • Waste time looking for frequently used items.
  • Waste money by buying things they have but couldn’t find.
  • Record and schedule things to do. Using a written or digital calendar, planner, or list that you review on a daily basis is essential to being a highly organized person.
  • Leave mail unopened. Leaving piles of unopened mail is an unfinished task. It becomes an overwhelming pile of unwanted, unneeded, and potentially important notices. If it’s junk mail, don’t bring it in.
  • Multitask.
  • Micromanage. Highly organized people do not try to do everything themselves. They trust those they train, delegate to, and hire.
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Open mail daily (freedigitalphotos.net)

Highly organized people do these things

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Systems | Maintenance (freedigitalphotos.net Stuart Miles)
  • Practice sleep hygiene including a regular sleep schedule.
  • Follow through on commitments. If you know that you cannot get something done decline the request or offer.
  • Establish and maintain healthy boundaries.
  • Create and use systems to organize their time and space.
  • Dedicate time for important activities including organizing.
  • Use and enjoy what they have.
  • Purge what is no longer used, enjoyed, working, or needed.
  • Put items and clothing away after using/wearing them.
  • Work backwards from deadlines to get things done on time.
  • Delegate work that others can do as well or better.
  • Plan ahead, prepare and understand the value of being proactive.
  • Prioritize themselves and implement self care practices on a daily basis.
  • Are responsive rather than reactive.
  • Maintain perspective and distinguish urgent/non-urgent, and important/not important.
  • Articulate their expectations and desired outcomes.

Everyone is capable of become a highly organized person by learning the skills on their own or with help from a Professional Organizer. Read more:

Seven Habits of Organized People

10 Habits of Highly Organized People