Updated: Apr 5
Are you struggling to keep your work and personal life organized? Do you feel like you're constantly juggling tasks and never getting anything done? Are your kids so messy, they don't know how to get anything accomplished? If so, it's time to develop some organizational skills. This blog post will cover these following topics.
Why organization is important.
The areas of my life that need organization.
How you can develop your organizational skills.
How you can teach these skills to your children.
FAQ about organizational skills.
The importance of organization
Organizational skills are crucial for success in both personal and professional life for a variety of reasons. I have always practiced organizational skills since I was little. It is something I think was just a natural part of my personality. However, after growing up with three sisters with ADHD and having two children now on the autism spectrum, I find organization a topic of concern for many people. What has come so easily for me, does not always come easily for others and therefore, it takes more practice and hard work to develop this skill. Just because someone struggles with a skill doesn't mean it isn't doable and that you just have to live in a messy environment.
Did you know that a lack of organizational skills can impact your mental health? If you are unorganized it can decrease your productivity, cause stress and anxiety, cause you to be late and not utilize your time efficiently. Being unorganized can also cause you to make poor decisions and decrease your reputation. This is why being organized can be such a crucial aspect of people's lives and is an extremely important skill even beyond just academics for yourself and for your children.
When you're organized, you can work more efficiently and effectively. You'll be able to prioritize your tasks and focus on what's most important, which will help you get more done in less time.
When you're disorganized, it can be overwhelming and stressful. By developing organizational skills, you can reduce stress levels by having a clear understanding of what needs to be done and when.
Time is a precious resource, and organizational skills can help you make the most of it. By prioritizing tasks and developing a routine, you can manage your time effectively and ensure that you're making progress towards your goals.
When you're organized, you have a clear picture of your priorities and what needs to be done. This can help you make better decisions and avoid getting sidetracked by unimportant tasks.
In professional settings, being organized can enhance your reputation and make you more reliable. This can lead to increased opportunities and greater success in your career.
Organizational skills are essential for success in all areas of life. You could even go so far as to break down your level 10 life areas from the previous blog post and create a whole list of ways those areas could be more organized. I could create a whole host of blog post and website specifically for being organized, however, my goals is to give you just enough to help and I can provide more resources if you'd like to delve into a deeper understanding and practice of organizational skills. By developing these skills, you can increase productivity, reduce stress, manage your time effectively, make better decisions, and enhance your reputation.
The areas of my life that need organization
Workspace: Keeping your workspace organized can help you be more productive and reduce stress. This includes organizing your desk, files, and supplies. I use to have a huge desk at work. I've seen a lot of counselors with large desk spaces and while it is nice to spread out sometimes when you are sorting things, I find my piles just start to continue to stack up. I have a stack here and there and then start another one because I have so many things going on at one time. However, my personal solution for my work space is to make my desk smaller. When I do this, I force myself to actually create a home for the things I am working on. I can pull it out, work on it, and put it back where it goes.
Time management: Organizing your time is essential for achieving your goals and managing your daily tasks. This includes planning your schedule, prioritizing tasks, and managing distractions. My time is so important to me because I only get a small portion everyday and I want to use it to the best of my ability. I am a go getter and have always been. I want to be productive and get things done. It's in my genes!! LOL! So I utilize google calendar for all of my time management needs. At work, I will put in all of my appointments and repeat them as they require. Then I add in all my other things on my to do list. Most importantly, I also add in down time so that I can just relax or take a walk.
Finances: Organizing your finances can help you stay on top of bills, track expenses, and save money. This includes creating a budget, tracking expenses, and organizing financial documents. My resources for this is the most amazing EveryDollar app. This is what I use weekly to track our expenses. I haven't upgraded because doing it manually hasn't been to terrible but in the beginning of my marriage and adulting, it would have been worth the investment. Dave Ramsey is the Financial guru of all time and when I am stuck on something in the financial world, he is where I turn to.
Home: Keeping your home organized can improve your quality of life and reduce stress. This includes organizing your closets, drawers, and cabinets, as well as keeping your living spaces clean and tidy. Oh man, I was a clean freak as a teen. My room would be spotless and everything had it's place. But then after marriage, came kids. That is what made my world turn upside down and I had to LIVE with the clutter lifestyle. If I'm honest, I'm still there. Managing a home can be a full time job but I'm struggling with it and working two jobs while starting a third and still working on managing it all. Chore charts are amazing if you can get your kids to do them without you telling them. Let's say home organization is a work in progress always when you have kids. I can go through phases though and we have a list of daily chores, weekly chores, monthly chores, and a one room a month for a deep clean and reorganization.
Digital: With so much of our lives online, organizing your digital life is more important than ever. This includes organizing your files, emails, and digital documents, as well as managing your online presence and security. When you first start doing something new, you have a file or two but then as you get to the 3-5 range, it's important to start creating folders. My school counselor organization has to be amazing to find any of the thousands of files I have created in the 10+ years I have worked at this school. I have files for scheduling, awards day, testing, classroom guidance lessons, senior scholarships, end of the year files, enrollment documents, and the list goes on and on. Every new file created goes directly in the folder it belongs and then folders within folders. LOL!
Health and wellness: Organizing your health and wellness routines can help you maintain good physical and mental health. This includes organizing your workout schedule, meal planning, and tracking your health metrics. Health and fitness have always been a huge part of my life and something I always feel I am working to improve. It's always been difficult and organization skills isn't so that can help me get it where I want it to be. Practicing meal planning and creating a workout schedule has greatly helped me achieve some of my health and wellness goals. I really liked Biceps after babies a few years ago and I still enjoy Claire P Thomas App called CPT fit.
Relationships: Organizing your relationships can help you maintain healthy and positive connections with the people in your life. This includes organizing your social calendar, prioritizing time with loved ones, and managing communication. I find it odd that relationships is something that really needs organization but seriously... how is anyone going to keep strong relationships without the work needed to do so. The only way to do that is to get it organized in a way that works best for you. What I have chosen to do in this area is t o set an alarm for a specific time and day of the week to connect with a family member or friend during a time I know I can be available and checking with them on this same agreed upon time. Now it doesn't always work and sometimes it may just be a text with a meme but anything to start a conversation and let them know they are worth me talking to them. I also started going to a book club once a month and I typically reach out to a friend of mine for us to go for a hike, run errands, or get a bite to eat about once a month. Remember that there aren't a lot of people who prioritize and organize this so don't feel like you don't want to do it if they aren't going to put in work too. Keep trying and if it sticks, you know they want it too and if it doesn't, you can't catch a ball that isn't thrown back to you.
How You can Develop Your Organizational Skills
Make a to-do list: Start each day by making a to-do list. Write down all the tasks you need to complete and prioritize them in order of importance. This will help you stay on track and ensure that you're focusing on the most critical tasks first.
Use a planner or calendar: Use a planner or calendar to keep track of appointments, meetings, and deadlines. This will help you stay organized and ensure that you don't miss any important events.
Set goals: Set short-term and long-term goals for yourself. Having a clear idea of what you want to accomplish will help you stay focused and motivated.
Break tasks into smaller steps: Break down large tasks into smaller, more manageable steps. This will make the task feel less overwhelming and help you stay on track.
Declutter: Get rid of any items that you no longer need or use. This will help you free up space and reduce clutter, making it easier to stay organized.
Develop a routine: Create a daily routine that includes time for work, exercise, and relaxation. Having a set schedule will help you stay organized and ensure that you're making time for all the important aspects of your life.
Stay focused: Avoid distractions by turning off your phone or email notifications when you're working on a task. This will help you stay focused and ensure that you're making progress.
Stay flexible: Be willing to adjust your plans and adapt to changes as they arise. Being flexible will help you stay organized and ensure that you're able to handle unexpected situations.
By practicing these organizational skills, you'll be able to stay on top of your work and personal life. Remember, organization takes time and effort, so be patient with yourself and keep practicing. With persistence, you'll develop the skills you need to achieve your goals and live a more organized life.
How you can teach these skills to your children
Lead by example: The best way to teach organizational skills is to model them yourself. Demonstrate how you organize your workspace, plan your day, and prioritize your tasks.
Explain the benefits: Help others understand why organizational skills are important and how they can benefit from being organized. Show them how being organized can increase productivity, reduce stress, and improve decision-making.
Make it a game: Organizing doesn't have to be boring. Turn it into a game by challenging your children to complete tasks within a certain time limit or rewarding them for achieving specific goals.
Break it down: Organizational skills can be overwhelming, so it's essential to break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. Start by teaching basic skills like making a to-do list or keeping a calendar, and then gradually build on those skills.
Use visual aids: Visual aids like diagrams or flowcharts can be helpful for teaching organizational skills. Use them to illustrate how tasks are connected, or how to break down large tasks into smaller steps.
Provide hands-on practice: Organizational skills require practice, so give others the opportunity to practice what they've learned. Assign tasks that require organization and provide feedback to help them improve.
Set goals: Set goals for your children to work towards, like organizing their play area or cleaning their room. This can give them a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue improving their organizational skills.
Provide feedback: Provide positive feedback and encouragement when your children make progress. This can help them feel proud of their accomplishments and motivated to continue improving.
Involve them in planning: Involve your children in planning activities and events. This can help them learn how to manage their time and prioritize tasks.
Be patient: Remember that learning organizational skills takes time and effort. Be patient with those you're teaching and provide support and encouragement along the way.
Celebrate successes: Celebrate the successes of those you're teaching. Acknowledge when they've made progress and provide positive feedback to encourage them to continue building their organizational skills.
FAQ about organizational skills
1. What are some tips for staying organized at work?
Keep a to-do list and prioritize tasks
Use a calendar or planner to schedule appointments and deadlines
Keep a tidy workspace by regularly clearing out clutter
Utilize digital tools like project management software or task tracking apps
Take breaks to avoid burnout and maintain focus
2. How can I declutter my home and keep it organized?
Start small and focus on one area at a time
Donate or sell items that you no longer need or use
Use storage solutions like baskets, bins, and shelves to keep items organized
Develop a routine for regularly tidying up and putting things away
Avoid bringing in new items that you don't really need
3. What are the benefits of being organized?
Reduced stress and anxiety
Increased productivity and efficiency
Improved time management skills
Better focus and concentration
Enhanced sense of control and confidence
4. How can I organize my time effectively?
Set clear goals and prioritize tasks
Create a schedule or routine that works for you
Use time blocking to dedicate specific periods of time to tasks
Eliminate distractions like social media or unnecessary notifications
Take breaks to avoid burnout and maintain focus
5. What are some strategies for organizing my digital life?
Use folders and labels to organize emails and files
Regularly clean out and delete unnecessary files and emails
Use productivity tools like time-tracking apps or browser extensions
Keep your desktop and digital files organized and easy to access
Set boundaries and limit your time spent on digital devices
6. How can I organize my finances and stay on top of bills?
Set a budget and stick to it
Use financial management tools like apps or spreadsheets
Automate bill payments to avoid late fees
Organize financial documents and statements
Monitor your accounts regularly to avoid fraud or errors
7. How can I organize my closet and keep my clothes neat and tidy?
Regularly clean out items that no longer fit or are no longer worn
Use storage solutions like hangers, bins, and shelves to keep items organized
Arrange items by category or color for easy access
Use drawer dividers to keep smaller items organized
Regularly maintain your closet and put items away after use
8. What are some tips for organizing my kitchen and pantry?
Group similar items together in cabinets and drawers
Use clear containers or labels to keep items organized in the pantry
Regularly clean out and dispose of expired items
Use storage solutions like shelves or bins to maximize space
Keep your kitchen tidy by regularly cleaning and putting items away
9. How can I teach organizational skills to my children?
Start by modeling good organizational habits
Encourage children to clean up after themselves and put things away
Use storage solutions like toy bins or closet organizers
Set clear routines for cleaning and tidying up
Reward children for good organizational habits
10. How can I stay organized while traveling?
Use packing cubes or organizers to keep items separate and easily accessible
Create a packing list to ensure you don't forget anything
Use digital tools like travel apps or itinerary planners
Keep important documents and items in a secure and easily accessible place
Regularly clean out your luggage to avoid excess clutter
11. What are some strategies for staying organized when working from home?
Set clear work hours and stick to a schedule
Use a designated workspace that is free from distractions
Keep your workspace tidy and organized
Take regular breaks to avoid burnout and maintain focus
Use productivity tools like time-tracking apps or browser extensions
12. How can I prioritize tasks and manage my to-do list effectively?
Start by identifying the most important tasks and tackling those first
Consider deadlines, urgency, and impact when prioritizing tasks
Use a task management tool or app to keep track of tasks and deadlines
Be realistic with your time and schedule, and avoid overcommitting
Review your to-do list regularly to adjust priorities and ensure progress
13. What are some common mistakes people make when trying to get organized?
Starting with a large and overwhelming project instead of breaking it down into smaller tasks
Underestimating the time and effort needed to get organized
Failing to create a realistic and sustainable system that fits their needs and lifestyle
Neglecting to maintain their organization system and letting clutter build up again
Being too rigid and inflexible, which can lead to burnout and frustration
14. How can I maintain my organization systems and avoid backsliding into disorganization?
Regularly review and adjust your system as needed
Schedule time for decluttering and tidying up regularly
Avoid procrastinating on tasks or letting them pile up
Set reminders or use apps to keep yourself accountable
Make organization a habit and integrate it into your daily routine
15. How can I create a balance between being organized and flexible in my daily life?
Prioritize and schedule important tasks, but also allow for flexibility and adjustments
Avoid overcommitting and leaving some margin for unexpected events or tasks
Set boundaries and say no to unnecessary commitments or requests
Be adaptable and open to changing your schedule or plans if needed
Take breaks and prioritize self-care to avoid burnout and maintain balance.
These are just a few of the many questions people may have about organization. By learning more about organizational skills and strategies, you can improve your productivity, reduce stress, and achieve your goals more efficiently.
Find this free resources under the resources tab. This download will give you a way to set goals for your organization, resources to help declutter, and a plan to create a routine for success.