Take a cue from these DIY ideas to get better organized, maximize productivity and feel calm and balanced. This post from DIY Star brings to you eleven life changing organizing tips to super organize your life.
There always seems to be something that people forget, whether it be an appointment, a bill, or some assignments. When you’ve got commitments going on in every direction, it’s hard to keep track of it all by yourself. Not to fear! There are a bunch of tips and tools that you can use daily to help keep your life a bit more organized. Here are 12 to get you started!
1. To-Do Lists
The first thing to get is a to-do list. Nothing fancy, just something simple that can be kept on your phone or computer (preferably both) to keep track of what it is you have to get done for that day. There are a million of these kinds of apps under the sun, but give ToDoist or Wunderlist. Do a try!
2. Follow the 5-Minute
What’s the 5-minute rule, you ask? It’s the belief that if you’re given a task that should take 5 minutes or less to do, do it immediately! That may sound kind of obvious, but too often people file away simple and quick tasks for later, eventually either forgetting them or just continually procrastinating. Get it done while you can!
3. Use the Pomodoro Technique
Another productivity-based technique, the Pomodoro rule encourages you to split your work into achievable goals of 25 minutes. Focus for 25 minutes straight and then rest for 5 minutes. Don’t try to burst through all of your work in a 5 hour death run! Instead, take moderate steps to ensure that you’re productive while at the same time rested.
4. Self-censor distractions
Social media is like a bag of chips. You check it once, and before you know it it’s been an hour and you’re browsing for pictures of cats on Tumblr. Keep yourself organized by dedicating “rest time” and “work time” strictly. Block all of the websites you find distracting during your hours of work.
5. Embrace the Cloud
In our era of technology and the internet, there’s not excuse to say “oh, I don’t have that file on me”. There’s nothing more mortifying than getting up to present a major assignment and realizing that you forgot to sync-up your USB this morning. That’s where cloud-based services come in. Dropbox, among other apps, automatically sync up all of your important files to a centralized account, so that you can be sure to access them anytime, anywhere!
6. Clean Up Email
Most of our email accounts are cluttered with ads, spam, and emails we just don’t care about. Take a solid hour or two to really give your email inbox a nice scrub-down, unsubscribing from unwanted spam and such. Make your email a clean place to go to every morning!
7. Mobile Banking
Banking, much like other services, are being taken over to the web and to mobile. Most major banks offer paperless methods of banking, which is made even easier with apps and third-party money management systems.
8. Use a Tickler File
For those that still want to use some papers for major bills or documents, a tickler file is the best way to do that! It’s a great way to put all of your crucial documents into one cabinet.
Studies have shown that absolute silence may not be as beneficial as some background noise when working! Coffitivity helps to simulate a bustling coffeeshop to help turn those brain gears. It’s a great way to maximize your productivity and help make your work sessions more organized and fruitful.
10. Use a Calendar
In addition to a to-do list, use a calendar to help plan future appointments, and use it as sort of a zoomed-out reminder of what’s coming up, and what to worry about.
11. Tune-out for the last hour of your night
Research shows that too much exposure to internet, your phone and your computer can be detrimental right before bed. Since your brain is trying to essentially “unwind” as you’re falling asleep, the bright colors of screens can keep you awake far longer, which ultimately means a more groggy you the next morning.