As I grow further into my adulthood, I am learning step by step each day how to be a better me and how to live a better life. Part of living my best life comes with knowing myself and also knowing how to keep my life as organized as possible.
In today’s world let’s face it, we have a lot going on. We are working longer hours than ever and all the while trying to juggle kids, family, fitness, relationships, saving and our own happiness.
Perhaps the idea of organizing your life seems scary to you because you just feel that it’s totally impossible. In all honesty, it isn’t that difficult to do so! You can in fact run your life like a well oiled machine, it simply just takes some self-discipline to do so!
Let’s be honest, do you wake up sometimes and not know what the heck is going on with you for the day? Do you cringe at seeing your bank account out of fear of what you spent money on the night before during happy hour? This is normal for most people. However, there are tips you can use to organize your life so that you are in tune with everything happening.
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE
1.Make a list of specific aspects of your life you want to control and monitor
Start by breaking your life down into the following categories:
- Personal Growth
Then, take these categories and create a subcategory of what you want to keep track of in each of these categories. For example:
Ex. 1=Finance-I want to keep track of how much I spend each month Ex. 2=Health-I want to keep track of my weight, how much I workout each month and my weight loss journey Ex. 3=Relationships-I want to keep track of how many date nights I have with my partner
By breaking down your life into these specific categories, you will be able to keep track of all the things that matter to you and have a clear picture of what it is you need to focus on as well as where you need to make improvements. Make sure you also set personal goals for yourself that allow you to reflect on where you want to be in each of these categories so that you are able to strive towards them.
2. Decide if you want to track digitally or on pen or paper
You can keep track of your categories using Evernote which is an amazing note taking app or the highly recommended Google suite. Basically, you’ll want to decide whether you want to keep track of this information via pen and paper or digitally. Personally, I like a mix of both. I’m a pen and paper girl but also love to keep things organized digitally because I carry my phone everywhere and my planner far less.
3. Make best friends with Google Sheets!
Google sheets has literally become my best friend, want to know why? It’s an effective way to see anything that I want to track. For example, if you want to track your monthly budget or lessen your credit card debt, create a Google sheet document and track each credit card payment you’ve made until you are debt free. You can also create pages and categories for different areas of your life. I find the entire Google suite very efficient and effective for making the thought of recording documents easy.
4. Cut out distractions and make time in your day to focus on yourself
Give yourself a break from Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat or whatever vice you use that distracts you from living your best organized life. By cutting distractions, you will be able to take the time to organize your life and be clear about your specific goals without outside influences.
5. Create a life binder
If you prefer, you can create a life binder filled with all the things that you need to keep track of such as car bills, expenses, wedding planning, etc. Use printables from Pinterest to help you and get yourself a good hole puncher. Label each category and put in your Google spreadsheets as well to keep track of everything you are tracking.