Stay Organized 

You’ve taken the time, expended the energy, and now your life is organized.  Having organized your life you are better able to manage your time, your resources and your money.  An organized life means your mind is clear and objective and able to focus so that you can achieve what you set out to do. 

To stay organized you want to set up a system of resource planning and clerical needs that allows you to effectively plan your time and allocate where you are going to spend it.  Get yourself a day planner so you can plan ahead.  If you have a home business get appropriate stationary systems and office space in place.  You also need to get a filing cabinet or at the very least some kind of filing system. 

In the home you have already organized the closets, kitchen, pantry, bureau drawers, etc. and you need to work on a system to keep everything in its place.  Perhaps taking a few minutes each evening or morning to return everything to the proper place is what you need.  Getting rid of junk mail as soon as it arrives keeps you ahead of that clutter. Getting rid of one old item for each new item you bring into the home helps keep down the accumulation of stuff. 

Staying organized is not something lots of people do naturally.  It may even seem stifling at first, especially if you are used to just going with the flow each day.  Sometimes it is good to be spontaneous, but for the long term it is important to plan out what you need to do within a particular time frame. 

I’m not saying that you should avoid spontaneity.  Staying organized is about finishing the day’s tasks and being able to cram in far more good stuff.  You should know your own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to this area. 

If you want to stay organized, you need to make it a habit.  Many people get a negative vibe when they hear the work habit. You want to ask yourself if your habits today are going to help you achieve what you want from life.  Your habits can pull you down to failure or they can push you toward success.  If you do something over and over again it becomes a habit and can be done quickly and correctly without much thought.  A good habit is your greatest helper while a bad habit can be your heaviest burden.  It is up to you which habits you develop and adopt as your own. 

It takes at least three weeks to break a bad habit or develop a new one.  Visualize how much better your life will be once you kick that bad habit.  Visualize how much better your life will be once you develop that good habit.  Determine a start date. Set out your game plan and then when the time comes work on changing your habit.  Don’t expect to go in a straight line to success.  You will have lapses, but just get back on track when that happens.  Eventually the new habit will fall into place. 

Once you have mastered the habits needed to keep your life organized you will find life is less stressful, you have more time to do things you enjoy, you have more money since you are not buying duplicates of things you already own, but could not find, you are happier, and you are likely more successful.  It is up to you.  You have the power and the ability to determine what habits are important to help you reach and maintain your goal of staying organized.