Ways to Get More Organized in 2024

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Remember when you were younger and adults looked like people who had it all together. They knew everything. The people you looked up to just seemed to handle any situation. Now you’re older and you realize that they were either superhuman or they were just winging like you are now (probably the second one!). You can’t know and do everything, but you can get a little bit more organized. You’re in the right place whether you’re managing kids or just your own timetable.

1.  Set realistic goals and prioritize tasks

One of the biggest causes of feeling overwhelmed is actually setting poor goals. Instead, take the time to think about what you want to achieve and set achievable goals. Prioritize your tasks based on their importance and work on them accordingly. Don’t expect to work magic in a day because it could just leave you disappointed when you actually ticked loads off your list.

2.  Use a planner or calendar

People who have their stuff together tend to have one or both. This will help you stay organized and avoid double booking yourself or forgetting important events. Schedule your tasks in advance and try to stick to the plan as much as possible. Winging it just isn’t an option if you want to feel more organized because you’ll waste time just thinking about what to do next.

3.  Learn to say “No”

Wait…what is that sound? Learn how to say “no” to things that you can’t fit into your schedule or that don’t align with your goals. It’s okay to decline invitations or requests if it doesn’t serve your best interests. We know that you may not be used to this sound and you don’t want people to think less of you. Ahh, the social dilemma. But you can’t do everything. Buy some printable coloring pages for adultsand find some YOU time in amongst the busyness.

4.  Declutter and organize physical spaces

Look around you and the environment you see will probably be reflected in your mind. See chaos and stuff everywhere and you’ll struggle to clear your mind too. Take some time to declutter and organize your physical spaces, whether it’s your desk, bedroom or entire house. You’ll feel a lot calmer and more focused when your surroundings are tidy. People are surprised by how different they can feel when they have a tidier space.

5.  Take breaks and practice self-care

You’re not a robot and you can’t just keep going and going (sorry!). It’s important to take breaks throughout the day and practice self-care. This could mean going for a walk, meditating, or doing something you enjoy. Taking care of yourself will help you feel more energized and focused when it’s time to get back to work. See some people, phone a friend, do stuff that makes you happy.

Good luck on your organized mission this year!

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