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Organize Your Life: 10 Simple Rules to Stay Organized Every Day

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Organize Your Life: 10 Simple Rules to Stay Organized Every Day
Keeping life organized often feels like a juggling act. Just as swiftly as you move to catch one ball - say finances, family commitments, or fun with friends - the next one is hurtling towards you.

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Organizing our Lives

Organizing our Lives

We all are juggling life's important areas: work, office, home, health and fitness, our finances and relationships.

It is not easy to juggle so many things all at once, and some areas may get neglected.

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Developing Habits

Developing Habits

We all have habits ingrained in our lives. Most of our good habits (if any) take us to eventual long-term success, and our bad habits take our time, health, happiness and money. Make a list of what all you do as a habit daily and see which ones are good and which ones are not.

Habits like spending hours on social media, binge shopping, and lying on the couch are a few examples of bad habits.

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Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead

Life is unpredictable, but planning is still important. Use your phone's calendar and to-do list, or install an app to create daily and weekly plans:

  • Plan even for small errands.
  • Keep in mind that things take longer than you expect.
  • Block chunks of time, or an entire day for a task.

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Naval Ravikant

“The best book is the one you can’t put down. The best exercise is the one you enjoy doing every day. The best health food is the one you find tasty. The best work is the work you’d do for free.”

Naval Ravikant

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Your Natural Instincts

Your Natural Instincts

Opt for actions and daily habits that naturally align with you, or are less of a challenge. Be realistic and commit for the long haul.

If you regularly sleep at 1:00 AM then trying to wake up at 5:00 AM can be a self-defeating exercise. 

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Making Choices

Making Choices

You should choose your wardrobe, your exercise routine, and your recreational habits according to you.

For example: If you don't like reading, opt for podcasts or watch informing documentaries.

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Perfection is a Myth

Perfection is a Myth

We cannot keep self-sabotaging ourselves by failing at our unrealistic expectations.

We can opt for consistency, understanding the impact of incremental progress. Opt for continuous effort towards a realistic, doable target.

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Finding Balance

Finding Balance

In our pursuit of perfection, we neglect balance by doing what's urgent over what matters. This can lead to stress, burnout, and feeling drained and lethargic:

  • Avoid spending too much time at work
  • Prioritize physical activity
  • Try meditation or just simple writing
  • Unwind on a good movie or spend time with friends
  • Get a good amount of sleep.

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Letting It Drop

Letting It Drop

To make time to accommodate what's important, we may have to say NO to certain commitments and remove certain areas from high priority.

Deprioritize what is urgent but not important.

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Declutter and Simplify

Declutter and Simplify

Too much stuff around you means too much to think about, too much to do, leading to chaos.

Just like a to-do list takes care of our mental chaos, we should clean and declutter stuff around us, so that we are able to think better.

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Weekly Reviews

Weekly Reviews
It is important to measure your progress, reviewing every aspect of planning and execution.
Track your time and progress with a good app on your smartphone.  Minimize distracted and zero-productivity time.

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Automate, Delegate

Automate, Delegate

Not everything requires manual, hard and laborious work, even if you are habitual or accustomed to doing things that way.

For example, writing a check for rent every month can be automated with online payment.

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Do The New

Do The New

Introduce some spice, some novelty in your daily routine: go with the uncharted route, explore life without a specific plan.

You can find a new hobby, join a social group, even seek out some work in a different domain.

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Dive Deep in Deep Work

Dive Deep in Deep Work

Most of us keep doing seemingly urgent work (answering a phone, replying to an email, etc.) but this only gives an illusion of productivity.

Real productivity is a distraction-free high-impact work that you must find time to do daily.

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Don’t Rely On Your Memory

If you want to remember things, don't rely on your memory. Put it in writing or in a digital notebook.

Make Back-Ups Of Everything

  • Make sure to back up your computer files.
  • Make duplicates for your car and home keys.
  • Scan your IDs, passports and bank details, and put it all in a secured folder on your computer.

Keep all your financial records, birth certificates, land titles and insurance in one folder, preferably in a safe.

Have a designated place for everything

  • Sort out your clothes, cleaning materials and everything else and keep them in labeled containers or closets at home. 
  • Organize your work space well so that your every move is conserved, knowing exactly where everything is.

Doing this will take time, but it is easier to find what you need.

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Write Everything Down

When you suddenly have an idea while you are in the middle of something else, write it down. It will clear your mind. It is a catch-all for the light bulb moments.

Financial Awareness

Know exactly where you spend your money. Create a system for tracking profit and loss, and returns on investment. 

De-clutter

De-clutter your work and living space. It encourages a de-cluttered mind.

attributed to Aristotle
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

attributed to Aristotle

Confucius

Confucius

“Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”

How to Develop Habits

  • Focus on just one habit, for 30 days.
  • Put it on paper, together with your motivations, obstacles, and strategies for overcoming them.
  • Commit fully, preferably in a public way.
  • Track your progress.
  • Remain publicly accountable — report on your progress each day.
  • Have support for when you falter.
  • Reward small wins.
  • If you fail, figure out what went wrong, plan for it, and try again.