Top 5 Habits of Organized People

Do you consider yourself an organized person?  I used to think I was. But it’s so easy to fall into habits that sabotage my efforts to get things done efficiently.

Ever wondered how some people stay a lot more organized than others? Well, the secret is habits!

Those who appear to have it all together tend to follow the same habits day after day. They aren’t born super-organized, it’s a skill that can be learned by absolutely anyone. So, what are these habits that can make your life more organized?

Keep reading to discover the top 5 habits of organized people you can adopt today.

Organized people write everything down.

To be organized, you either need to have an extremely good memory, or you need to start writing things down!

You’ll notice one of the main traits of an organized person, is that they appear to remember everything. They never miss sending out greeting cards on time, they’re always early and they know exactly what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. So, do these people just have a better memory than you? No! They simply make sure they write everything down.

I have an everyday notebook where I “dump” everything – things I need to remember to do, bright ideas of projects to develop later, or household tasks I need to do. Then at a time when I have some time, I go back through the day’s entries and do something with them, such as move to a specific list for taking action later or take action now.

So, start making lists for your shopping and always mark down important times and dates. And do it in whatever way works best for you to retrieve the information.

Organized people have a set routine.

Another habit organized people is having a set routine. If you’re a parent, you’ll know just how important routine is when it comes to managing a household. Kids and adults who develop good organizational habits have an easier time of managing their lives.

Just because we’re older, it doesn’t mean we don’t need a regular routine to keep ourselves happy and healthy. Organized people know this, and they use it to their advantage. They have a routine for everything, not just for bedtime or exercise. For example, they’ll also set aside 10 minutes each day to carry out specific chores or tasks.

One of the good things about setting routines is that you don’t have to exert energy making decisions about what to do. Setting a morning and evening routine can help set the tone for your day and help you end it relaxed for a good night’s sleep.

For example, my morning starts with what I call a “vitamin cocktail”, a blend of water or almond milk with polyphenols, flaxseed oil, vitamin B12, and vitamin D3. It actually tastes very good! Then I have a quiet time of meditation. Then I map out my day and what I need to accomplish.

So, if you’re looking to become more organized, getting into a routine is going to prove crucial to your success. Developing habits of organization help you accomplish your goals.

Organized people create schedules and goals

Those who are organized don’t waste time. They schedule their time and set goals to work towards. What’s more, they don’t stop until they achieve them.

When you have a schedule, you know exactly what you need to do and when it needs to be done. This reduces the risk you’ll miss anything important. It’s important to remember that when you are making goals, you’ll need to make them as short as possible to ensure they’re achievable.

For example, you want to become more organized, so that’s your main goal. However, there’s a lot of smaller goals you need to reach before you can achieve the overall goal. So, start by writing your main goals, then work on splitting them down so you have a clear idea of the smaller tasks you need to work on in order to achieve them.

They don’t put anything off

Do you tend to put things off for as long as possible? Organized people don’t! To an organized person, their motto is “Why put off something until tomorrow when it can be done today”. This simple rule can help you to become so much more organized.

Sometimes when I find myself putting something off, it’s because I don’t see a way to address the issue. If I simply stop and quietly think about what needs to be done and how to do it, a plan emerges that can efficiently get it done.

If you want your life to be much less stressful, getting things done as quickly as possible is sure to help. So, stop procrastinating and start getting things done.

They know when to seek help

Finally, out of the many habits organized people have, knowing when to ask for help is a crucial one.

These days, it’s common to feel like you need to do everything by yourself. Social media has played a large role in making people feel like they need to be super human. You should be able to easily juggle your work, family, financial and social life without any help from anyone else. It’s a myth! Organized people know when to ask for help in order to maximize their time.

This is probably the hardest habit for me to develop. I’ve always relied on myself to do everything. I grew up thinking self-sufficiency was a most admirable goal. However, I am learning that people are very willing to share what they know with you. It feels good to help someone else. So, give people a chance to help you and let them feel good about themselves.

These are just 5 habits of organized people. While there are many more, if you focus on developing these habits, you’re going to become a lot more organized. How are your habits helping you?

Ready to take it one step further? How about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey?  If you haven’t read it, you should, and HERE is where you can get it.

How are your habits helping you?



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