Some people seem to be natural masters of planning – and are able to create structure, routine, and well categorised to-do lists more or less regardless of the occasion.
For most of us, though, keeping things organised is a bit more of a challenge, and trying to perfectly manage every possible variable that can arise over the course of everyday life, is likely to be a source of immense stress and frustration rather than anything else.
Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to help to keep your routine and surroundings pretty well organised, positive and balanced in life, without you needing to be a master planner. Here are a few suggestions to try out.
Utilise services that help to address potential future complications
When push comes to shove, a lot of “planning” really comes down to trying to mitigate potential future issues and complications before they arise.
One of the most straightforward ways of helping to better organise things in this regard, and to reduce your overall sense of stress and uncertainty about the future, is to utilise services that help to address potential future complications.
Having a good home warranty, for example, can significantly offset the complications that are associated with things like household flooding or burglary, without you needing to constantly obsess over those things or to continually keep revisiting the topic in your mind.
Of course, there’s no perfect way of reducing the risk for every potential negative future development, or of absorbing the effects of those future events should they occur. But there are plenty of services, particularly related things like insurance, that can help.
Focus on getting your daily habits right, and make use of a habit tracker
What does it really mean to get things organised in your everyday life? Does it mean having a complex selection of graphs, spreadsheets, and to-do lists in place, or does it mean having things set up in a pretty harmonious way, so that you can make it through the day while feeling generally positive and in control, and while dealing with the tasks you need to deal with?
According to various influential individuals ranging from tidying guru Marie Kondo to habit expert James Clear, the real goal should be to simplify and arrange things in a balanced and harmonious way, on a day-to-day basis, instead of getting too caught up in things like future goals or projections.
Maybe the clearest way that you can do this, is by focusing on getting your daily habits right as opposed to trying to perfectly map and account for the future in all its detail.
So, here is a practical suggestion: get a good habit tracker app that you like and that motivates you, and then add the habits that you want to stay on top of each day, to make you feel more balanced and in control of your life.
Then, make a point of consistently getting those habits done each day, and crossing them off on your habit tracker.
By getting your daily habits right – whether that means doing the dishes each day and going to sleep early each night, working out first thing in the morning, or any number of other things – you can get your life a lot more organised without being a master planner at all.
Develop the skill of just getting started with your chores and tasks, before your mind can convince you to procrastinate
A lot of the reason why our lives often end up becoming disorganised in the first place, is because we end up procrastinating and failing to stay on top of particular tasks and chores that we know are important for keeping things in check.
To counteract this tendency, and to enjoy a more organised everyday life, work each day to develop the skill of just getting started with your chores and tasks before your mind can convince you to procrastinate.
More often than not, the reason why you will procrastinate on a given task is because your inner mental voice is spinning you an intricate story about how boring, frustrating, or otherwise unpleasant the task is going to be.
Often, though, all of that proves to be overblown or outright fabricated when you actually do get started.
In many cases, simply developing the skill of being proactive and dealing with things when they need to be dealt with, can lead to a much more organised life with significantly less stress, and without the need to do any elaborate planning.