How to Stay Organized/Good Habits to Form and Keep

Confession: I would go psycho in about 3.5 seconds if I ever lost my planner. My planner is my bible. I'm not one of those people that plans/maps out every hour of their life (props to you if you do) but I certainly have every important assignment and meeting written down. If I don't write something down, I'll most likely forget it, even though I hate admitting that. In high school, I never kept a planner. I was constantly forgetting homework assignments, and I'd remember them the next day in homeroom. I'd have to scramble during those 15 minutes to finish whatever I forgot to do. Although I got by fine, I would have done much better if I had been a more organized person. Now, I have my s**t together. I write every assignment down and I cross them off as I complete them. I highlight the high priority things. I put reminders in my phone to assure that I won't forget to turn in things on time.

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I've come to the realization that if my life is organized, it's so much easier because I don't have to worry about forgetting anything. Organization goes way beyond having a planner though. Getting into a repetitive routine makes things a breeze (in my opinion). Here are some habits I've formed and kept that help me stay organized/on track!

Making my bed every morning. This might seem dumb, but if you make your bed, you're much less likely to crawl back in it during the day. Plus, it makes your room appear more orderly. I make mine every day as soon as I get out of it. If I forget to, there's a 50% chance I'll crawl back in it before the day is over. The past few weeks, I've made a conscious effort to not forget!

Trying to keep my email inbox as close to zero messages as possible. If I'm on my computer, I'm alerted every time I get an email. I read it immediately and delete it if I don't need to respond. It's much easier to do it that way then to have to sort through hundreds of emails later. If I'm away from my computer for an extended amount of time, the first thing I do once I log back on is sort through my emails. 

Laying out what I'm wearing the next day the night before. Admittedly, I've been slacking on this lately. I need to get back into the habit of doing this! Last semester, I planned my outfits the night before so I wouldn't have to spend time in the morning doing it. I could sleep in a little later and I wasn't as rushed to get ready!

Getting physical exercise every day. This isn't really organization, but it's a part of my daily routine that I've solidified. When I work out, I feel much less stressed afterwards. When I'm less stressed, I can do better on assignments.

Going to sleep at a reasonable hour. This one is hard for me to adhere to. Unfortunately, I work best late at night, but I've been trying to work more during the day so I can be asleep by midnight. When I get a full eight hours of sleep, I feel more refreshed and prepared the next day.


What are some things you do to keep organized? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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  1. I never make my bed and always end up back in it during the day so I may have to try that tip! ;)
    xo Katie

  2. I would be crazy without my planner! It helps me organize my life tremendously! I always am overwhelmed with email so will definitely try this out!

  3. I share all of the same habits as you! They make life SO much easier!

  4. My planner is my life line. I never kept up with one until college, but now I can't imagine my life without it. Also, I'm with you on the clean inbox.

    Glad to see someone at Rollins. I considered it, great school!

  5. YES YES YES to all these habits. I waste a lot of time switching between apps and check every single social media which isn't a great trait so probably I need to write down "don't overuse internet"

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