Organizing habits was the topic of my previous post 11/2/17). If you missed it I referred to Drexel’s 15 easy habits for a better life (2017). I also listed some of my organizing habits with organizing tips and time management tips for creating them. Here are more organizing habits to consider:
Replace computer and tv time
We are uber-connected to our smart phones, televisions, computers, and so on. Be mindful, take a break from these behaviors. You can replace them with… listening to music, reading, a hobby, practicing yoga or chi gong, learning a new skill or language, or joining a group. One of the benefits of organizing and managing your time is that you waste less time and space.
Keep track of how much time you are currently spending on the computer, phone or television. Set a goal for gradually reducing that time. Organizing and time management tip: Schedule 1 alternative activity every week. Limit your viewing to 1 series per season rather than multiple ones. Limit social media viewing to 20 minutes a week. Make organizing your time a habit.
Pay attention to your expectations
Paying attention to your expectations is one of the most challenging organizing habits. It is observed when you think or say things such as “I never get enough done”, or “If I only had more time to work on it”. Are you a perfectionist? Are you attached to outcomes or too invested in living up to others’ expectations? Are you judging yourself and others? Ways that you can begin to be less judgmental…try to just notice what you think and say without judging. Catch yourself when it happens and replace it with a reaffirming phrase (“it’s okay; I am enough, he/she is trying”) or a chuckle (“here I go again”).
Lead a simpler life
As your San Diego Personal Professional Organizer I can tell you that disorganization is often created by a lack of healthy boundaries. You can…learn to say “no”, be less busy, to schedule unscheduled time, delegate, and re-prioritize. Organizing habits allow you to create more balance in your work and personal life. You recognize that there are only so many hours in a day and that you can accomplish the important things by saying no, or later, to the less important ones.
Know that you are capable of change
You can…select 1 organizing habit that will enable you to change or improve something. Keep it simple and achievable. Do it, then do it again until it is easy, more natural and it becomes a habit. For instance, when I complain that I have no time to read I created a new habit. Now I get into bed 30 minutes before I want to go to sleep to have time to read. Change is empowering.
Write down your goals on paper
Write them down on paper, not on your phone or computer. The process of writing them down helps commit them to memory. Ideally you want to post them in a visible spot. Write the goals in specific language and create reasonable deadlines for accomplishing them. Review them every day and evening. You can…be bold, make them measurable, use creativity.
Drexel refers to nurturing close relationships. I would broaden this to suggest that all relationships require at least some nurturing. You can…schedule uninterrupted time to call a long distance friend or family member, help a neighbor by offering to pick up something from the store or water their plants, invite a friend for lunch or dinner and send them home with leftovers.
Spend time in nature
You can…sit, walk, climb, run, kayak…be as still or active as you like and need. You can…collect rocks, leaves, take photos, sketch, write poetry…be creative. You can walk your dog, watch children at play, build a castle in the sand, swim, have a picnic, watch the sun set or rise. The point is to get fresh air, Vitamin D, and connect with the beauty around you.
Practice morning rituals
Morning rituals assist you in starting each day on a positive course. You can…sip coffee or tea and journal, meditate, practice yoga, meet a friend for a walk. Try to avoid checking email or watching the news first thing in the morning. Time management tip: Set your alarm to get up 15 minutes earlier every morning. Decide how you will spend that time beforehand to do something that you really want to do. I know friends who use it to meditate, go outdoors and take photos, and another who gets on her treadmill. Fifteen minutes is better than nothing, right?
Spend money with intention
Online shopping is the easiest and most mindless way to spend money. How much time do you spend shopping online? No matter how much or little money you have to spend it’s worth the time to create a budget. You can begin by getting a realistic view of how you are currently spending money. Track your spending in all categories for at least 2-3 consecutive months. Look for extremes and patterns. This information will help you to set a more realistic budget and create greater awareness for whether you will spend money on certain items as well as how much. Be present and intentional so that you know where your money goes, and how much time you are investing, too.
Let me know which habit is hardest to create, and which is easiest at: firstname.lastname@example.org