Time. It’s our most precious commodity. We all have the exact same hours and minutes in a week, nothing will buy us more time, not even money. Everyone is busy, some even crazy busy. It’s up to us to manage our time and schedules, it takes discipline.
As someone who loves to organize, there are times when I just can’t seem to find the time to get to one of my organizing projects. The project is either too big or I just get distracted and lose my focus.
Accomplishing a goal or project is such an amazing feeling, it’s like winning a race. All that hard work has paid off. Tackling a large project or goal such as a marathon doesn’t happen overnight. You have to train yourself to get there, it takes practice.
If you have a large organizing project, break it down into small manageable goals. Work at it everyday or every other day, before you know it, you’ll be close to finishing your project.
Here’s how you can find time to organize:
- List out all of your organizing projects. Separate them into two different categories, small and large.
- Estimate the time it will take to complete it. Always give yourself more time than you think. If you are uncertain of how long it will take to complete a project, double the time. For example, if you think it will take an hour, plan for two hours.
- Start small. Once you have your projects listed, pick out the smallest project first to complete, the one that will take the least amount of time. You want to get a quick win under your belt to stay motivated. If you’ve ever done the debt snowball by Dave Ramsey, you’ll understand why a small win is important.
- Schedule your project. Look at your calendar and see where you can fit in your project. When it’s written out, you’ve made a commitment to yourself to get it done.
We live in an ever distracting world and these distractions can easily take us in another direction where we lose our focus. Here’s a list of things you can do to find more time in your day and stay focused.
- Get off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Social media can be a huge waste of time if you’re not paying attention to it. Turn off notifications. Make it a goal to check your accounts only once a day for a set amount of time. Set a timer if you need too. It sounds corny but it works.
- Turn off notifications on your phone. If you have a smartphone, there’s a good chance there’s a red little number on an app screaming at you to “check me” so it can go away. Even the alerts on your screen, turn them off. This way you won’t check your phone when they pop-up. Every time we check our phones, it’s an interruption and distraction. Think of it as having a conversation with someone. If you were talking to someone, would you constantly be checking your phone? I’d hope not. If it’s hard for you to turn them off, start small. Only turn off notifications on a few apps and slowly build up to more.
- Turn off the TV. There seems to be a trend here huh?! It’s turning off the things that keep us distracted. I love TV and will confess I’m a recovering reality addict 🙂 TV isn’t completely out of my life because I do like to unwind with it sometimes but its really taken a back seat. It took me awhile to get there but I did it by asking myself a few questions:
“Will this show really improve my life?” and “What value is it adding?”
- Turn on Music. Finally something that can be turned on! 🙂 Put on some of your favorite music and you will instantly feel your mood improve and feel motivated to get something done. Create a playlist of all your favorites so a song you don’t like doesn’t interfere with your progress 🙂
- Set a Timer. There’s a sense of urgency when you set a timer and have it countdown. There’s an adrenaline rush to finish it before the buzzer goes off.
- Get an Accountability Partner. Tell someone about your project and ask them to hold you accountable. It’s easy for us to cheat ourselves but when we have someone there asking for updates, it keeps us motivated and focused so we can give a good report. No one likes a bad report card, giving it or receiving it.
These are six super easy ways to help you find more time to not only organize but more time in your life in general. You can get your free time organizing guide below!