I don’t know about you, but I have a little obsession about being organized and keeping spaces neat and clean.
And when I say obsession, I really mean OBSESSION.
If you don’t believe me you can ask my hubs.
For example, a couple of months ago I woke up in the morning, Mr G went to work and I decided to rearrange the bedroom. I even sent pictures to my family to see what they thought about the changes. Yeah, I also have a thing about moving furniture around.
I love being home and I spend a lot of time—probably too much—there. That’s why I need to be and feel comfortable and I’m always looking for ways to make the spaces cozy, attractive and decluttered. I am not a minimalist, but I don’t like having things around just for the sake of having them. They collect dust, guys! And I don’t specially enjoy dusting more than it’s necessary.
My obsession on being organized doesn’t stop there, though. I also love to do lists because it’s always nice to be able to scratch things out, right? So I have a to do list on my phone. And on my laptop. And on random pieces of paper. And in a whiteboard.
I think you get the point.
The problem is that those loooooong to do lists don’t really keep me organized. They stress me out. Because I know that most of the things on that list will stay there. Unscratched. And what’s the purpose of adding things on the list if they are not going to get done?
So I go online and look for solutions to be more organized.
But if you write “being organized” on Google you get 390,000,000 results. Are you kidding right now? You open a couple of links and you start going through a spiral of ideas, blog posts and articles that are telling you to do this and that and you create yet another list on things to do to get more organized.
Do you see the problem?
Up until now I have quite a few things on my “being organized” list:
- Ditch the to do list and use a calendar instead
- Schedule everything that you have to do and allot some time for that activity
- Work on 15 minute intervals
- Or work on 25 minute intervals, using the Pomodoro technique
- Or buy this cube and use it to break down working intervals
- Do not multitask. That’s actually a waste of time
- Use the 90-90-1 rule
However, in the end you need to make sure that you do what works for you. There are so many different tips that you can implement to accomplish your goal of being organized, but don’t feel pressured to use one or another just because is trending or certain person is doing that.
My mom always says that she lives in an organized mess. She tried to use planners and lists, but she used them for a week and then forgot about them or got discouraged. So she ditched them. And that’s perfectly fine because she needs to do what works for her, not what works for someone else.
Do what works for you.
How do you keep yourself productive? What works for you?