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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

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...

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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. 

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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 smal...

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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

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...

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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 documenta...

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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 e...

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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 sp...

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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

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...

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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.  

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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...

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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 ...

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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-im...

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“Which? Why? What? How?” Technique

... for choosing personal goals. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Ask yourself which aspect of your life you would like to change most.
  2. Think about why you want to change this.
  3. How will that change make you feel? Determine what exactly will make you feel this way.
  4. Ask yourself how you can make this happen and then make it your personal goal.

The Life Balance Chart Technique

  • Draw a chart. Write down each of the various areas of your life (family, health, self-development, career, relationships) in a new column or line.
  • Assess your current happiness level in each of these categories by giving it a score from 1 to 10.
  • Think what will make you be fully satisfied with these areas. Write down your ideas – you will be able to transform them into personal plans.

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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.

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Create Successful Habits

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Be Accountable To Someone

Being accountable allows an impartial observer to assess your work. It is advisable to work with people who have walked your path or who have had similar experiences. 

Alternatively, someone who is completely unrelated to your interest may also serve as a watchful eye as they offer an unbiased perspective.

Focus On Smaller Victories

Focussing on smaller victories along the way gives you the self-confidence you need to forge ahead. 

You might stumble upon setbacks along the way during the pursuit of smaller goals that will serve as valuable lessons since they allow you to iron out the creases before pursuing the larger goal. 

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