Staying organized is key to accomplishing goals. Yet, it’s all too easy to get sidetracked by life’s little chores. While we can’t just ignore these tasks, we can give them their proper time and place. There’s no cookie-cutter method to organizing life, but here are some tried-and-true tips to help you find your focus.
1. Create a Schedule or To-Do List
Writing out what you need to do keeps these tasks in the top of your mind. A clear to-do-list reminds you what you need to do and when. Urgent tasks get priority, and secondary ones can wait. If another task pops up that isn’t an emergency, you can add it to the list, but don’t tackle it in the middle of another task. This is a common trap all of us have fallen into at least once. We avoid the task at hand by jumping to a different task, tricking ourselves into thinking we’re making progress. You could clean your entire house and be no closer to finishing that presentation. Why do we do this? Procrastination often stems not from laziness, but from a lack of clarity. Having a to-do-list nips that issue in the bud.
2. Organize Your Supplies Beforehand
Organize your supplies to help you stay organized. By that we mean keeping your tools in the proper space. Cleaning supplies might go in a caddy, pen and paper in a desk drawer, gardening tools on a shelf in the garage, etc. Nothing breaks your rhythm like scouring the house for a misplaced item. Make a habit of returning tools to their proper place after every use. Doing so will also alert you when you need to restock or replace certain items.
3. Stay Active and Well-Rested
The state of our bodies directly affects our ability to think and focus. First and foremost, sharp minds require quality sleep. Establish a sleep-wake schedule and stick to it. Avoid eating large meals or doing stimulating tasks near bedtime. Next, find an exercise routine that works for you. Some people enjoy working out for 30 minutes a day, while others might prefer to do an hour three to four times a week. Find workouts that you enjoy and can perform safely and consistently. It can be as simple as a a daily walk. Last but not least, eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated. These tips can help you feel great and stay motivated to knock out tasks big and small.
4. Protect Your Focus
It’s okay to set boundaries, especially when you need to focus. Let your family or roommates know when not to disturb you. Listen to music to keep your mind enegaged. Music keeps your mind stimulated, but not busy. The right tunes can help you stay focused on the task at hand and boost your motivation.
5. Check In On Yourself
Believe it or not, it’s possible to be too productive. Staying too busy for too long can lead to stress, trouble sleeping, burnout, and numerous health issues. Give yourself adequate breaks and don’t be afraid to take a day off now and then. It’ll help you recharge and come back even more focused and motivated. And just as cars need regular checkups, so do we. If you feel overwhelmed physically or mentally, consider making an appointment with a doctor or therapist.