I will admit that I am a nut about being organized. I plan everything. I have a TTD (things to do) list for everything from daily chores, planning a party, a vacation, my daughter’s birthday party. Are you wondering if perhaps you need to be more organized? Here is a list of symptoms that a disorganized person may suffer from as well as some very helpful tips to becoming more organized.
Symptoms of a Disorganized Person
You either say this about yourself or you hear people say this about you “you are burning the candle at both ends” or “you have too many irons in the fire”. The following list of symptoms may include some that you recognize in yourself.
You jump to new projects before finishing old ones.
You like a hurried lifestyle and like to stay busy
You often set high goals for yourself and feel you should attain them.
You may be obsessive about projects to the point that you often do not complete them
You have trouble deciding what should take priority over other things
You have trouble making decisions
Being faced with more than one choice can seem overwhelming
You often wait until the last minute to start projects that have a deadline
You crave excitement and find that this motivates you
What you can do to find that organized person buried deep inside yourself:
When faced with a task or project, try to eliminate any distractions or possible interruptions so that you can devote your undivided attention to the task at hand.
Break down the project into steps so that you can accomplish the project in smaller segments that will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to finish the task.
Do your best to determine what daily task is most important to accomplish and if possible do that task first when you have a higher level of energy.
Use a watch with an alarm or a timer to have it go off when enough time has elapsed to have finished your task, so that you are more likely to stay on task and accomplish your goals.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family or friends; many hands make a task easier to manage and time goes by quickly.
You do not have to be Perfect at everything you do. It is ok to do something to the best of your ability, even if that is being less than perfect.
Set reasonable deadlines and give yourself ample time to accomplish them. Use a calendar or electronic recording device to keep track of important deadlines and pencil in reminders a few days before they are due to remind yourself to do them.
Make up a TTD list (things to do list) for each task that needs done and check off each item you do, as you finish it.
Plan out your day on paper, making a list of errands, phone calls, appointments, meetings, tasks you need to do.
Reward yourself for staying on schedule
Turn of the music or television set if they are distracting you from doing your work.
Make sure that you have adequate sleep and are not hungry before starting a project so that a growling stomach or a case of the yawns does not distract you
If you find that you live in a cluttered room or have an area of your home or workplace that is messy and keeps you from being productive; try to organize it with containers. A tray for papers, small containers for pens and pencils or paper clips. Label things if you have to, so that each place has a proper storage area and you and anyone who uses these items can put them away after use. Labels are great for kitchen cupboards, clothing drawers, and utility closets too.
I hope these tips have been useful to you and your life can fall into a more orderly, organized direction for you. Sometimes when things run more smoothly and are less cluttered and we feel less hurried, our stress levels are reduced and life seems more pleasant.