Essential Tips to Organize Your Mind

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The first step in organizing your life is making that commitment in your mind to get organized.  Being organized and staying organized will save your time and sanity!

 

Our mind is a powerful tool, and can be used for good and can cause anxiety.  If you are anxious about your super long to-do list, you’re likely not going to act on any items on the list.  If you feel empowered about that long to-do list, then action will take place.  The only difference is how your mind looks at that long to-do list, and how you react.

 

Here are some easy tips to help you get your mind under control to start your organization process.

 

1. Sleep

We’ve all heard it, and it’s true!  You need to get at least seven hours of sleep at night.  You will benefit from feeling rested, and you won’t get burned out as quickly.  I love to get up early and stay up late.  This works for me for a few days, and maybe even a week, but it does catch up to you.  You’ll be more productive with more sleep, and your projects will likely get completed on time.  If it’s not possible to get a good night sleep (home with a little one) then catch a cat nap during the day.  This little catch up may just what you need to boost your energy.

 

2.  To-Do List

Now everyone has a long to do list of things they want to get done.  It’s just not physically possible to accomplish them all in one day.  Every morning make a short to-do list (no more than 5 items) and add one item from your long list.  Work on these ONLY for the day.  You will feel much more empowered and not overwhelmed.  Having a planner or calendar with all your and your families’ events will help keep you organized and save time.

 

3.  Limit TV/Computer Time

Limit your time watching TV or getting online.  Doing this can take up many precious minutes and even hours!!  I can easily spend hours online, but it doesn’t help me get things accomplished!  Not only will it steal your time, but it can steal your mind as well.  You can get dragged down or into a program or something online that will pull you back for more.

 

4.  Use Those Free Times

Use the free moments you have here and there to make big improvements in the end.  Fifteen minutes four times a day is a whole hour.  You can utilize those little snippets of time to organize your thoughts, make your list, look over what you’ve gotten done and what you have left to do, organize a drawer or two, or put away some laundry.  Breaking down those bigger tasks into small ones make it easier to conquer.  The longer a project is going to take the more you are going to procrastinate.

 

5. Get Motivated

Use what motivates you to get started.  If it’s music, turn it up and get going.  If it’s lists, start writing and crossing off as you go.  If it’s a reward at the end, get it done and indulge in that reward.

 

6. Detach 

If you have a hard time letting go of stuff you have accumulated, try detaching yourself and feelings about those things, and ask yourself if you really need it, if you can or will use it in the next 6 months to a year, and if it’s something that can be replaced.  Remember, memories are in our minds and hearts, not in objects.  If you are really running out of space, take pictures of the items and put into a journal or photo album or scrapbook.  That will remind you of the items that are sentimental and create that much needed space.

 

7.  Take Control of Your Time

Set goals and make them into daily doable tasks.  Schedule your day to get those must-dos done.  Break down those huge tasks into something you can do everyday.  Eliminate those things that drain your energy and time.

 

8.  Exercise

Find time to exercise and keep yourself healthy.  Eating the right foods can help keep your energy levels up, and help you feel less tired.

 

9.  Quiet Time

Set time aside each day to just be quiet.  Pray, read, meditate on the Word.  Use this time to rejuvenate your mind and thoughts.

 

10.  Practice saying, “No.”  

Sometimes we have trouble saying, “No.”  When you have trouble saying no to someone it’s usually because you want to help, feel guilty if you don’t help, or want some type of reward in the end for helping.  Really evaluate your reasons, and learn to say no to those things that don’t fit into your schedule, are going to bog down your life, or are just one more thing to add to your already overwhelming schedule.  There are others that can help so don’t feel guilty.  If you are looking for a reward, find your joy elsewhere.

 

11.  Have Fun!!

Worry little and laugh a lot!  Have fun along the way, and it will be easier to keep yourself motivated!!

 

 

Stop back next week for some more time saving tasks, and let me know if you have any to share!  I would love to hear what works for you!

 

 

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