Having an organized day to day life has become an absolute need in the present times. No matter what profession you are from, getting the everyday load of work done in due time and knowing how to prioritize one work after another can easily start feeling like a hassle. Even as a student, I have to constantly keep track of my assignment and project submission deadlines. Especially during the COVID pandemic, it became very difficult to keep the dates of all my exams and assignment deadlines constantly in my head. Mentally, it would feel stressful and overwhelming.
It didn’t take long for me to understand how almost every individual around my age goes through this same trouble of feeling unorganized. In this article, I would like to write about 3 easy ways for us to feel more systematic in our working day to day lives. I have personally found these ways to be very useful and have been using them ever since!
1. Maintaining a To-Do-List
A To-Do-List is basically when you make a list of every small or big work/chore you have to get done in a certain range of time. You can plan on making a To-Do-List within a time span of one week, or even one day. By writing down the name of the chores on the list, you relieve your mind from the constant mental reminder and stress. Now you can take a look at the written-out list whenever you want and get one thing done at a time.
And the best part? You can get the list made anywhere! If you are a pen and paper kind of person, you can write it down in a diary or notepad. Otherwise, you can always use any of your digital devices to make a list and keep track. Furthermore, it is in fact easier to edit or make changes to your list when you are using a digital device. Personally, whenever I feel too lazy to grab a pen and paper, I open the ‘Notes’ application on my mobile phone and make my To-Do-List there. If you are a type of person who easily tends to forget things, there are applications available in the Google Play Store/ Apple store through which you can type your To-Do-List in a digital ‘sticky note’ and save it as a part of your device home screen.
2. Using ‘Planning’ based Mobile Applications
Our digital devices have become an integral part of our day-to-day life. Besides the many mobile applications we use every day, I would like to mention a few new ones that you might not be familiar with yet. Mobile applications named ‘Asana‘, ‘Memorigi’, and ‘Trello’ are easily accessible and usable. The main goal of these applications is to give you a clean and tidy digital surface to manage all your tasks at hand.
For instance, I am a daily user of the application ‘Asana’. I can type all the things I need to get done within any upcoming week and their level of priorities with the help of the application. The application also sends out daily reminder notifications on my digital devices, making it very easy for me to keep track of my day-to-day activities. You can go as far as adding different members from your workspace under one channel in the application and divide tasks among them individually. This system structure saves time and makes it convenient for every individual working on a specific project to stay on track and updated.
3. Taking Breaks and Relaxing
In between the everyday chaos and workload, we often forget about taking breaks. Continuous working and stress regarding the same can easily take down our spirits, whether we notice it or not. That is why taking breaks, when necessary, should also be a constant part of our daily routines. If I were to quote a sentence by Naval Ravikant:
“A clear mind leads to a better judgment, which leads to a better outcome.”
When we give ourselves the time to relax, our nerves feel rested. We feel better both mentally and physically. As a result, when we get back to work, our mind feels organized and refreshed. The calmer our mind and thought process feel, the better we can focus on the work at our hands. For this reason, taking small breaks and relaxing is an important tip to feel organized in our daily lives.
Besides being punctual and attentive in our workspaces, another attribute that really helps us with getting things done in time is being organized. To end this article, I would like to quote the famous Benjamin Franklin, “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.“