How To Save Time: 7 Tips Highly Organized People Use
We all know at least one person who is effortlessly organized. A person who knows how to have more time in a day.
They always know what is the most important thing to focus on, they never miss a deadline and finish work with a time to spare.
If this sounds like your story, you seriously kiss ass in managing your time and maintaining work-life balance. Give yourself a little internal applause.
If you think this is not you, don’t worry. It’s nothing you cannot handle. Because no one was born with a NAVY SEALS time management skills.
With a little bit of discipline, anyone can learn how to live a more organized life.
Here are 7 easy tips that you can start doing today to become a highly-organized person!
1. BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE ORGANIZED
You heard it before.
“Believe that you can and you are halfway there.”
Rather than setting a goal to clean up your mess, start thinking about yourself as an organized person. In fact, identity-based habits tend to produce better results, because unlike goals, they originate from within.
Say it aloud. I am an organized person. lol
Also, highly-organized people use many types of psychological triggers.
Let’s say that you don’t feel like cooking and preparing your meal for the next day. By tricking yourself to make your way to the kitchen and turning on the stove should help you to get some momentum to finish the whole meal.
2. ALWAYS PRIORITIZE
If you take a time to prioritize, you will become more efficient. Simple equation.
When you have a project of any kind, prioritize your tasks based on the importance and urgency.
- The first step is to write everything down on paper, your computer or phone so you can see it.
- The next step is to number all the tasks into a sequence.
- The final step is to execute them one by one. Preferably with no skipping and very little distractions.
Try this and you will be amazed at how much you will get done.
A great benefit of this exercise is that you will get focused on what matters as opposed to trying to multitask and think about all the stressful things that you need to do.
Also, having a set time to deal with repeating tasks such as answering emails, checking news or skimming through social media will less likely distract you from your priorities.
3. HAVE A PERSONAL MORNING ROUTINE
At times, life can get pretty busy.
Whether it is with family, business or work. Still, that should not stop you from skipping your everyday me-time.
This short video might give you confidence and few reasons of why an impactful morning routine can benefit your day.
Just observe how certain people seem to have effortless mornings.
If you want to be productive right from the beginning of the day, commit to your morning routine – like any accomplished people have.
A personal morning routine can be anywhere from 10 to 60+ minutes long. This should give you some time to reflect, plan, read a book, exercise or whatever floats your boat.
4. INVEST IN PREPARATION
Everyone knows that preparation helps.
From the perspective of time, small things such as preparing your clothes or preparing food the night before save you a lot of time.
Let’s think about the food prep example a little bit.
Not only will know what you are eating every day but if you prepare food the night before, you don’t have to waste time scrambling the contents of your fridge in the morning.
Do you like tacos? I made this the other day. It’s super yummy.
A simple thing like preparing a meal the night before will give you more time, providing you a more comfortable and enjoyable morning experience.
5. CREATE A SYSTEM TO ALWAYS HAVE YOUR DESK CLEAN
When organizing your workspace, keep this in mind.
File, don’t pile.
What do you really need on your desk? A Smartphone? Pen and paper? Sticky notes?
Keep all the essentials within your touching distance. Other things such folders, documents, and office supplies should be organized neatly into your drawers.
A clean work environment does not just look organized, but it has a positive impact on your being.
If you had a chance to stay or hang out at a luxury hotel, you probably noticed how every item in the lobby, restaurant, room or gym has its place.
6. ADAPT TO A CHANGE – IN 3 SECONDS
Things do change. Even a perfectly organized schedule does. People who are highly organized adapt to change quickly because they feel the responsibility to do the necessary adjustments to make run things smoothly.
Even a perfectly organized schedule does. People who are highly organized adapt to change quickly because they feel the responsibility to do the necessary adjustments to make run things smoothly.
In this case, exercising good judgment in order to know when to say yes and when to say no can be critical.
You want to fulfill your commitments, but be cautious to avoid getting overwhelmed. I think the old rule applies here – it’s better to finish one thing properly than complete two things halfway.
Also, do not hesitate to delegate if you can. Don’t allow stress to make you believe that it will be easier to finish your task by yourself.
Recently, my friend Bryce told me about a cool concept called 3 seconds decisions. Every time you are contemplating about something you don’t want to do and you take more than 3 seconds to decide, the change of not acting on your thoughts dramatically increases.
7. ORGANIZED PEOPLE SEEK OUT TOOLS
Technology helps. If you are willing to learn how to use it.
Early in the 20th century, it took more than 4 days to travel by boat from London to New York.
Today, commercial airlines fly the same distance between 6-8 hours. The reality is that there is a time-saving solution in just about every aspect of our life.
From smart home gadgets to smartphone apps, software automation, and other technology – organized people use tools that can help them to be more efficient and to make the most of their day.
If you are looking for a great source to follow tech news, land your eyeballs at TechCrunch.
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