5 Areas of Your Life to Organize Today

Trying to get organized?

Where you do you start?

Many people ask me this simple question.

So today, here are 5 areas of your life to get in order.

Or if feel you are already organized, maybe you’ll want to double-check these areas.

Where to Look for Organization

When people tell me they are organized, I challenge them to look at a few areas.

The first one may be a surprise: your car.

Take a look at the cleanliness of your car.

It is a good thumb-rule of your overall efficiency and organization.

Is it full of rubbish? Papers? Etc.? Are there things in the trunk that have been there for years?

If your car is a mess, chances are that you are accepting clutter and disorganization in other areas of your life.

5 Areas of Your Life To Organize

If you are trying to get organized, here are 5 Areas to Start With Today:

  1. Your Car – OK, I already mentioned this one. However, when I ask some people about their car, they freak out. Why are our cars so sacred? Your car is your transient home between work, play, and errands. How are you maintaining it? It is a good thumb-rule for your overall organization. What is in your car? And how long has it been there? Make time to regularly clean out your car. Weekly is a good starting timeframe.
  2. Your Work Area – Despite excuses to the contrary, a cluttered workspace does not indicate productivity. How messy is your desk? Clean up your immediate work area and you will not only be able to find what you need, but have more room to get things done. A good tip: have a large trash can.
  3. Your Todo List – It is ironic when people say that they are “too busy” yet they don’t have an organized list of what they need to do. If you don’t have a list, how do you know what you are supposed to be doing? You will be constantly spinning your wheels and jumping from one urgent task to the next. Have the discipline to keep an accurate todo list and better yet, keep it where you can see it.
  4. Your Mail – Do you know where your mail is? Were there bills in there? Have one place that you put it and process it. Immediately throw out junk mail and catalogs. Physical mail clutters up many people’s homes. However, email can also be overwhelming. Keep both in check and try to minimize the amount of mail you receive.
  5. Your Job -Keeping your job in check is very important. Are you the master of your duties or are your constantly in a state of chaos? If you aren’t happy in your job, you probably won’t be happy in your personal life. Know your responsibilities so that you can get your work done, and keep yourself from doing everyone else’s work. Meet deadlines and stay one step ahead of your boss. Being organized in your job can dramatically reduce the stress in other areas of your life.

Organization Brings Efficiency

If you are trying to get organized, these five areas are good places to start.

You will find that if you get some of the key areas of your life in order, that other areas will start to fall in place.

So, start today and get your organization in order.

What areas of your life do you need to organize?

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  • http://www.timokiander.com/ timokiander

    Craig,

    I like your list. Although I don’t own a car, those four other areas are important too.

    Anyway, I never thought that looking at someone’s car is a way to determine, if he/she is organized. Now when I think of it, that’s the way it is!

    Timo

    • TMNinja

      @timokiander Hmm. Guess we can’t check your car. :)

      I think it holds that you can look at some of the common areas of most people’s life to get a quick sense of their overall organization: desk, countertops, wallet or purse.

  • http://www.timokiander.com/ timokiander

    Craig,

    I like your list. Although I don’t own a car, those four other areas are important too.

    Anyway, I never thought that looking at someone’s car is a way to determine, if he/she is organized. Now when I think of it, that’s the way it is!

    Timo

  • TMNinja

    @timokiander Hmm. Guess we can’t check your car. :)

    I think it holds that you can look at some of the common areas of most people’s life to get a quick sense of their overall organization: desk, countertops, wallet or purse.

  • http://www.iqtell.com/ HaimPekel

    I would add a sixth area: Your health!

    Do you check on your blood pressure? Are you eating balanced? Have you exercised today? Got Candy? You can usually see if someone has an “organized health”.

    • TMNinja

      @HaimPekel Love this! Absolutely!

      This should be added to the list. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, all other areas of your life will be affected. :)

  • http://www.iqtell.com/ HaimPekel

    I would add a sixth area: Your health!

    Do you check on your blood pressure? Are you eating balanced? Have you exercised today? Got Candy? You can usually see if someone has an “organized health”.

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  • TMNinja

    @HaimPekel Love this! Absolutely!

    This should be added to the list. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, all other areas of your life will be affected. :)

  • Matttanguay

    Don’t look at my dishes right now. The sink is full of them… ;)You’re right, I feel better when my work environment and my place are clean, organized and not cluttered.

    I would add a seventh area: Get a coach. Clarify what needs to be done until your next coaching session, and get accountable for it.

    • TMNinja

      @Matttanguay Matt, great addition! A coach and accountability can make all the difference.

      BTW, be on the look out for a new initiative that deals with just that topic. :) Have a small group that is starting an accountability group.

      • Matttanguay

        @TMNinja For sure! Let me know ;)BTW, I recently discovered an interesting accountability website: http://www.Stickk.com

        I set up an account and I started using. It’s pretty neat, as it takes your credit card info (or other forms of payment). Then, if you don’t do what you said you would, they bill you automatically and send the money to the person or organization/charity you decided.

  • Matttanguay

    Don’t look at my dishes right now. The sink is full of them… ;)You’re right, I feel better when my work environment and my place are clean, organized and not cluttered.

    I would add a seventh area: Get a coach. Clarify what needs to be done until your next coaching session, and get accountable for it.

  • TMNinja

    @Matttanguay Matt, great addition! A coach and accountability can make all the difference.

    BTW, be on the look out for a new initiative that deals with just that topic. :) Have a small group that is starting an accountability group.

  • Matttanguay

    @TMNinja For sure! Let me know ;)BTW, I recently discovered an interesting accountability website: http://www.Stickk.com

    I set up an account and I started using. It’s pretty neat, as it takes your credit card info (or other forms of payment). Then, if you don’t do what you said you would, they bill you automatically and send the money to the person or organization/charity you decided.

  • Matttanguay

    @TMNinja For sure! Let me know ;)BTW, I recently discovered an interesting accountability website: http://www.Stickk.com

    I set up an account and I started using. It’s pretty neat, as it takes your credit card info (or other forms of payment). Then, if you don’t do what you said you would, they bill you automatically and send the money to the person or organization/charity you decided.

  • e-BAS Accounts

    This is so true! I always say that the state of someone’s car, house, office etc. is an indication of their state of mind!

  • e-BAS Accounts

    This is so true! I always say that the state of someone’s car, house, office etc. is an indication of their state of mind!