8 Habits of Organized People
Organized people are not born that way. They use a variety of tools and methods to
help them get and stay that way, including these:
1. They have less stuff - It
stands to reason it is easier to stay organized if you have fewer things to put in order.
2. They use simple solutions – Complex solutions make organizing harder to do. Instead use systems that are simple
to use. For example, a coat hook on the back of the door for your jacket and a basket on your desk for your car
3. They keep things organized – Once organized, they take the time every day to keep it that way. What is no longer
needed gets thrown out. This refers back to #1 in that they have fewer things to keep organized. This in turn
leads to more productivity, less stress and money saved.
4. They never put something off until the next
day – Organized people do something the instant they see
that it needs to be done. They live by the motto “Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today”.
In doing so, they now have created time tomorrow to do something else that may unexpectedly pop
5. They capture and contain –
To stay organized, everything must have a place and everything should be in its place. Not only does this make
for less clutter, you always know where to find something when you need it – it is in its place.
6. They chunk like tasks – In
the case of emails, instead of checking them three or four times each day, they set aside a chunk of time and
take care of them once. What can be actioned, gets done. What is needed for later, gets filed. What is not
needed gets trashed. By handling something once, it saves time of having to go back again and do it
7. They are creatures of habit – Organized people have daily routines. For example, they typically do A, then B, then
C. At the end of their day, they have a routine also. Having set patterns of work creates less stress, keeps
the area organized and neat and saves time.
8. They like lists – To stay
organized, they use lists extensively – prioritized lists. Task A gets done before task B. As each item gets
done, it gets crossed off or removed the list. If some things never get to the top of the list, they obviously
are not important and get eliminated from the list.
It is hard for unorganized people to get in the habit of organizing their life and
possessions. However, organized people are made and not born, so it is something that is in the grasp of everyone.
They just must want to learn how to do it.