Staying Organized as an Adult

Becoming an adult can be hard, especially when you just finished schooling and always had a set schedule. Adjusting to now having more free time, but also having more responsibilities to fulfill, can be difficult. How do you learn to adjust to your new duties without overwhelming yourself?

When you are under a lot of stress your life can become chaotic and you lose all your organization.

Being organized can help make your life easier and reduce the pressures of adulthood. You can get to enjoy things you actually want to do in a timely manner, once you bring back some order in your routine. Also being organized doesn’t always have to be challenging. Here are some ways to keep your life on track.

Create a to-do list

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Throughout the week, we may have 20 small things that we had to do but only end up remembering two or three things. Creating a list will help you keep track of little stuff that needs to get done. Having that list helps with making sure you don’t forget things you have to do. The reminder app on the iPhone is a great way to track things because you can put a date and/or time on what needs to be done, so you’ll get a notification pop up when it’s time to do it.

Limit distractions

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We all get distracted no matter what. It’s sometimes difficult to stay focused when things aren’t all that interesting. Your phone could be the main distraction, so when you have to get work done, it’s best to leave it in another room or put notifications on silent. Limiting distractions help you focus on the task at hand and finish it faster.

Keep a Clean Environment

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Having the space where you do most of your work tidy will help get your work done more efficiently. When it’s a mess it may make it troublesome to think clearly, and you might have mini distractions within that mess. Putting things back where they belong and wiping down areas every day or weekly will help your space to not feel overwhelming. 

Set Goals

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Having goals can help you stay productive and give you something to strive for. You can set short-term and/or long-term goals that you can accomplish throughout the day, week, month or even year. Setting goals is super important, but if you don’t set goals properly, you’ll never get where you want to be. SMART is an acronym for goal setting: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. This approach eliminates missed deadlines that helps you set a clear timeline and makes it easier to track your progress. 

Reward Yourself

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Staying organized can be hard and life can be demanding. It’s OK if you don’t complete everything you had planned for the day because there is always tomorrow. Being proud of getting the small things done is just as great as getting the big things done. A reward can be taking a walk or let yourself watch a couple of episodes of your favorite show or taking yourself out to a nice restaurant. Rewarding yourself will help you stay more productive because you can look forward to that each time you get something else done. 

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