Trying to take care of way too many things at once? Or staying in bed all day, watching Netflix and hiding from the fact that you need to change something? Which one are you today?
If you’re an anxious person like me, the idea of life organization may sound impossible.
But at the same time, you feel that staying lazy and unorganized creates more anxiety on top.
You want to advance in your life and be happier. But there are so many things already!
Where do you begin? How do you do it?
Most times you feel stuck and rather do nothing.
Not the best situation to stay in.
Starting a life organization can be scary, but there are ways to organize your life without provoking anxiety spells.
Even if you’ve been unorganized your whole life!
The first secret is to take that first step. Even the smallest one… Better a teeny tiny step than no step at all.
Do you think you are a sensitive and an unorganized person? Then keep reading.
1. Start Slow.
There’s no need to suddenly start organizing EVERYTHING.
This will provoke your anxiety for sure.
Instead, try with one simple thing that you can organize right away and get an immediate feel of control.
To me, the first & perfect thing to start absolutely anything is writing down a plan.
Again, you don’t want things going too fast.
Start with the easiest thing you can plan right now and that would be your day.
Writing your tasks in a daily planner will help you take control of your time.
It is the first thing you want to control if you want to become organized.
You can use a simple sheet of paper, a store-bought notebook or choose a printable daily planner that can be downloaded and used right away.
Here are a few of my favorites from the daily planner collections:
2. Declutter – a little bit!
Do not jump into a full decluttering mode and start organizing every single corner of your home.
I did that many times before and trust me, it leaves you really tired.
Instead, try to find a few things that create most distress in your life and declutter them.
It can be your phone (do you really need that many apps?), your computer folders, your overflowing closet or even something abstract like negative relationships.
If you find anything too big of a task, make sure to break it down into smaller steps.
I wrote about the way to tackle any big project in your life before, so do check it out before taking on anything big: How to finish anything you’ve been putting off
Once you declutter a few things in your life, you will be able to breathe easier.
It will give you more energy to tackle other things too.
3. Create a master task list of sorted tasks.
In a master task list, you write down all tasks that are swirling in your head.
Too much information keeps your mind super busy for no useful purpose so write it down, pretty! You will feel less overwhelmed instantly.
Are there a lot of different tasks that you need to do?
Spend effort and sort them by importance.
An easy way to do that:
- Write down any task that is coming to your head on a sheet of paper.
- Sort tasks to “Most Important”, “Important”, “Sometime Later” and “If I Have Time”.
Task sorting is an easy method I’ve learned when I started my planning journey.
I noticed that everything goes smoother with a plan.
It’s even better if the plan has some kind of a system or structure.
Task sorting lists have both!
You decide on things you need to do and create an order.
If you’re a procrastinator (as most people are, just so you know!), task sorting is a must for you.
It creates an intention to do important things instead of choosing something not important.
We do that to create a feeling of “being busy” when in reality, we’re just lazy!
Here’s an example of task sorting list:
4. Advance Further.
Once you’ve got your day under control, wrote down things you need to do and decluttered a little bit, start advancing.
Try planning your week too.
Create a monthly overview so you can add an appointment, event or task whenever it comes up.
Remember – the more information you store in your head, the more anxiety you’ll have.
Write it down, even on a piece of paper!
Keep sorting your tasks.
Once you’ve tackled the most important ones, take care of Important and so on.
Checkmark every task you’ve done! A checkmark is a little badge of your progress.
Even if it’s small – it’s still progress.
Be proud of it.
Try to declutter one thing after another, but make sure you space it out to prevent anxiety.
Do not organize another thing if you haven’t finished with the first one.
For example, if you’ve been working on your digital clutter, don’t start your mud room too.
One step at a time!
And most important – never forget to take care of yourself.
List your self care as one of the most important tasks in your list!
I know you may feel excited and impatient but trust me, taking things slow and spending time on yourself will save some peace of your mind.
Plus, what’s a better way to rest after a productive day than a little bit of self-love?
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