Do you wish your life was a little more organized? We all have friends who seem to have it all together, their house looks great, their meals are all planned in advance, and their days seem to flow smoothly along. It’s easy to feel like it could never be like that for you.
But what if it can? This article will walk you step by step through a process that will help you get your life more organized.
There is also a set of Get Organized Guided Journal Pages for sale in my shop that will guide you through each step of the way of becoming more organized. There is a price tag attached to this worksheet set, however, at the end of this article there is a box where you can enter in your email address and I will email you a coupon code to get this set of Get Organized Guided Journal Pages for free. You will also be signing up to receive my newsletter and get access to many other exclusive free printables.
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Part One—Define the Purpose
1. Define what being organized looks like to you.
The best place to start is figuring out what being organized actually means to you. Define what being organized looks like to you. When you say you want to get more organized what exactly does that mean? What is your end goal? What will make you feel organized? There are no right or wrong answers to these questions but it is important to know from the start your end goal. It will help you track your journey better and set you on a clear path for success.
2. Now that you know what being organized looks like, why do you want to become more organized?
What is your motivation(s)? Motivations can be very powerful in helping us achieve a goal. Once you know your motivations, you will have something to write on a sticky note on your mirror, in your kitchen, on your desk, wherever you will see it often, and it will keep you moving forward.
3. Write down some things that are holding you back right now from being organized.
They could be mindsets you struggle with, lack of time (or time that needs to be managed more wisely—organization will help with this!), commitments, or anything else that may be holding you back.
4. Next, make a plan for ways you can overcome each one of those obstacles.
With a plan you will know exactly what to do when any of those obstacles come up. Simply follow your plan and keep moving forward.
5. What areas of your life need organizing?
Are there particular areas that aren’t running too smoothly and could use more organization to make your days flow easier?
Part Two—Action Plan
Time to make an action plan.
1. Pick one area that you will start organizing right now.
Start with just one area. Working on only one area at a time is much easier and sets you up for more success than trying to change everything at once. Think of it like cleaning a house, you clean one room at a time until the whole house is clean. The same principle applies to getting more organized, just focus on one area at a time.
2. Write down what tools you can use to get (& stay) more organized in that one area.
There are many tools available these days—apps, printables, even an accountability partner could be considered “a tool”. Brainstorm all the tools that will help you to get more organized. One-three will probably be enough, keep it easy and simple.
3. Write out some actionable steps to take that will make that area more organized.
Writing out the actual steps you will take makes it seem more real. It also gives you a written plan, a path to follow.
4. Finally, make a plan to help you stay more organized.
It’s no fun to finally get organized, then, little by little let things go back to the way they were, until you look around and it’s no longer organized. It is much easier to stay organized once you have a system in place that works for you.
You may want to make a progress tracker (or use the one in the Get Organized Guided Journal pages shown below) to keep track of any actions you need to take to organize that one area you are working to organize. Once you have tracked that area, add another area to track, and so on and so forth.
Step Three—Progress Report
Once you are feeling more organized, it is important (and encouraging) to look back on all of the progress you have made. Yay–progress!! 🙂
1. Write out the steps that you have accomplished.
You have accomplished a lot! Celebrate it. Write down all of the steps that you have accomplished. Celebrate all you have accomplished.
2. Make a list of any setbacks you encountered.
It is likely that not everything has gone smoothly for you, what are some things that kept you from moving forward as fast or smoothly as you would have liked?
3. If anything has held you back from being organized in that one area, make a note of that.
We all have different struggles. What areas did/do you struggle with?
4. Consider why you are able to stay more organized now than you were before.
You have worked hard and come a long ways, what have you learned about yourself? What makes you better able to stay organized now?
5. And, finally, do some self reflection—how do you feel now that your life is organized in that area?
Writing down a few ways that you feel after getting this area of your life organized will motivate you now to continue on in organizing your life. It will also motivate you in the future to stay organized.
Now that you have finished all of the steps, pick a second area to focus on.
Then work through all of these questions again getting that area organized. Continue this cycle. Area by area, your life will become more and more organized until finally you get to the place where you feel organized.
Look back to the very first step, do you now meet your definition of being organized? If not, try to figure out what is holding you back from being organized and then continue following the steps, moving forward until you get there. If yes, congratulations—you did it!
Using a plan to get organized helps you move from feeling unorganized and wishing you could be more organized someday, to actually achieving your goal and becoming organized.
First, define the purpose behind getting more organized. Next, make an action plan. Finally, reflect on all of the progress you have made. If you are willing to put in the effort, getting organized is just a few steps away. You can do it!
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