Do you feel being well-organized will take too much time and effort? And that you will have too much to remember? It is important to realize that any time you want to improve yourself or your life, it will take more initial effort to make the improvement a habit and a natural instinct, but the rewards of feeling and being organized are well worth it!
For an organized mindset, get into any of these 10 habits to stay organized everyday:
1. Jot It Down Right Now - With the many different details that you have to remember on any given day, don't try to keep it all in your brain! At the very moment that you remember something that needs to be done, the first and best thing to do is write it down. Then, just as you need to recall it, it will be there for you in an instant.
2. Keep It All in One Place - As you develop the habit of writing everything down, you should make sure to keep your notes all in one place, whether manually (like in a small notebook or pocket calendar) or electronically (like your mobile phone or electronic organizer). You will be better organized this way. Otherwise, you are going to spend valuable time searching for your notes.
3. Stay Healthy - A keen memory needs a well-nourished mind. Eat healthy foods, get plenty of rest and lots of good exercise. These will give you the energy to being alert, keeping focused and staying organized.
4. Record Your Thoughts - You might be driving your car or walking your dog when a good idea about organizing comes to you or you might recall something that you want to remember for later. If you can't stop to write it down, record instead! Either use the voice recorder function on your mobile phone or a small hand held tape recorder. This is a convenient way to record your thoughts, a website address you hear on the radio, or even a telephone number you see on a passing billboard. Use your handy recorder to be another memory jogger.
5. Call Ahead - When you are at the office and want to do remember something you need to do at home, call ahead to your answering machine and leave yourself a message. As soon as you get home to check your messages, you will hear your message and remember exactly what you wanted to do.
6. Keep a Weekly File Folder - If you find an article from a newspaper, magazine or website that you want to read or refer to later, carry it around with you in a file folder. Make sure to read these articles whenever you find a free moment during your day. Once a week or twice a month, you should take half an hour to go through these articles and either permanently file it somewhere or trash it.
7. Handy Email Reminders - There are many useful and free e-mail reminder services available. You can type in what you want to remember, such as a birthday party, anniversary or special event, and you will receive an e-mail reminder when the date is approaching. This is a useful way to jog your memory if you sit in front of a computer most of the day.
8. Use Sticky Notes - Those wonderful, little sticky notes are amazing as memory helpers. Want to remember something before leaving your home? Write it on a Post-It Note and stick it to the inside of your door. The bright, neon colors will be great to catch your eye as you are leaving. Need to make an urgent call first thing in the morning? Leave a Post-It Note on your telephone.
9. Use Timers and Alarms - Take advantage of alarm clocks and timers throughout your day. Have to take the clothes out of the dryer by 12 noon? Set your alarm clock to remind you. Want to leave for your dinner date by 7 p. m. ? Set your timer to beep a few minutes before it is time to start getting ready.
10. Visual Memory Joggers - Visual reminders will help you remember and stay focused. Use visual reminders for remembering your goals. If your goal is to take a trip to an exclusive spa next year, keep a picture of the spa right on your desk. If your goal is to lose 30 pounds in six months, find a picture or other motivational trigger that will remind you of this goal each day.
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