9 Habits of an Highly Organized Person

What habits does an highly organized person have? Here’s a list of 9 habits that you can adopt for your routine or daily schedule that will help you become a more organized person as well.

9 things that highly organized people do. Learn to be organized and productive. How many do you already do?

How to be an Organized Person

1. Be Early. Not on Time. Early
The more time you give yourself to arrive where you need to be, the less stressed you will be. This leads to clearer thinking, time to finish a few last minute things you didn’t plan for, or that stupid red light that gets you every time! Set your alarm for 10-15 minutes earlier than you need to. Give yourself some wiggle room.
2. Write That Crap Down!
If you are like me, when you were younger, you didn’t need to make lists. Your daily schedule was in your brain, you could add to it, cancel events, add more things to the grocery list, and manage to remember EVERY DAMN THING! Now you walk into a room and you can’t remember why you are in there. To-do lists are common. Jot a note down here, type it into your phone there. Super duper organized people write it all down. Even the small details. It’s not coincidence that you remember it better when you write it down. You don’t even have to go back to the note (or maybe you do), but your brain remembers it better if you actually take the time to handwrite it. It goes into your memory bank in a different way.
3. Keep Track of the Family/Co-Workers
When my kids were little it was easy to keep track of their schedules. They didn’t have one!! Kidding. Now that they are older and starting to participate in sports and extra-curricular activities, I have more to keep track of. Then there is the hubby and his school and extra-curricular activities. A shared calendar will help you keep track of all that. Sometimes there isn’t enough time to communicate with each other in the evening, or the beginning of the day. Having one place that you can all add your events to and check for availability is a huge step toward organizing your schedule!
4. One Thing at a Time
Multi-tasking has it’s place. But really, taking the time to do one thing and to do it well will make you more organized and productive. Minimizing the feeling of being overwhelmed or things getting chaotic will allow you to organize the task you are currently working on and to do it to the best of your ability. If something else comes up, add it to your to-do list and then take care of it next.
5. Practice Pomodoro
If you haven’t checked out The Pomodoro Technique, you should. It’s a great way to manage your time, be productive, and have an organized day. The point of the whole technique is to focus for a set amount of time and then take a break. That right there is the main point. Take a break. You might feel like you are procrastinating because you are taking a potty break (even when you don’t really have to go) or you are wandering around the kitchen again doing little tasks. It looks like procrastination, but it’s your brains way of telling you it needs a break. Scheduling these brain breaks into your day will make you more organized and productive.
6. Set a Deadline
Having a deadline is similar to prioritizing your to-do list. Sure, you have everything on there and you are working through the list from top to bottom, but is that the best use of your time? What items on that list can wait until next week? And what things should be done by the end of today? Give your to-do items a time frame. Then adjust your list accordingly.
7. Minimize What You Have
Organized people clean through the clutter. And they work hard not to add more. They understand that having more stuff just means that you have more things to deal with. Don’t buy it unless you need it. Clean out the clothes you haven’t worn in a year before you buy more. Purge the kitchen cupboards bi-annually. Start a donation pile. We have a set spot in a closet for clothes that don’t fit the kids any longer and items we want to donate. When it gets full, I take it to the second hand store. I also have a spot in the pantry for unwanted gifts. If someone give me a gift that is something I just won’t use or it’s just not “me”, I add it to the pile. When the kids need a quick gift for a teacher or we need a hostess gift, I look in the pile before I buy something.
8. A Place for Everything, Everything in it’s Place
If you are an organized person, then you have a set place for everything that is in your home or office space. If an item doesn’t already have a “home” you will quickly make one or find one for it. Organized people are religious about this and not having something in it’s place will mostly likely drive them nuts. Bins, drawers, and other organizing tools will help to make this process more fluid.
9. Ask for Help
Organized people know that they can’t accomplish everything on their own. They also know which parts of their process or to-do list they should ask for help with. Know what and when to delegate to someone else. This frees you up to do more things on your to-do list and save you from chasing after the little things that someone else can do. It’s probably the hardest thing on this list!

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I am by no mean the most organized person, but I work at it regularly. My big goal is to also model and help my children understand this process so they can grow up to be organized individuals as well. It’s a skill that can and should be taught. Even if you have never had someone model it for you, it’s not to late to start working towards being an organized person.
What are your favorite tips and tricks for being organized? Do you feel like your day is chaos or do you have it under control for the most part?

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  1. Rica@Yoga Mat Monkey on December 28, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Number one is my goal! I was just thinking about this today because I’m a serial procrastinator who creates undue stress for myself by working in frenzied mode to meet deadlines. If I plan better, I could avoid that process and leave more room for error. Thanks for your great tips! I really enjoyed this post– glad I didn’t opt to read it “later.”

    • Rhoda Toynbee on December 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Thank you Rica! I’m glad you didn’t wait until “later” to read it as well. Being early definitely changes your stress level. It’s amazing what a few minutes can do for you 🙂

  2. Shelly Schmidt on December 31, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I am moving my crafting room- and hate to get rid of ‘things and stuff’ I have not used- cause I bought them because I liked them so much! It is hard to let go! Great list- and I will be back and re-read this!

    • Rhoda Toynbee on January 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

      I’m the same way. I cleaned through my craft room before Christmas. So many things that I loved when I bought them, but I won’t end up using. I gifted a couple of packs to my nieces. They will love using them for craft time 🙂

  3. Kelly Santi on January 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Oh Rhoda, what a great list — very effective to read (though I confess I’m not familiar with the Pomodoro – will be googling that!) I am a great list writer and was happy to see I actually do most of these on here, including minimizing. I just gave up my entire (HUGE!) craftroom to create a bedroom for my homebound college daughter and went to a 3 x 4 FOOT desk – holy canoli, if that isn’t minimizing, I won’t ever know what is, LOL. But it works – what I didn’t use, had to go and a lot of happy crafters got everything at a steal – one mans’ trash ….
    Thanks for your great advice, here!

    • Rhoda Toynbee on January 3, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Kim, Thanks for visiting my site! Pomodoro is where you work on a task for a set amount of time (usually 25 minutes) without switching tasks or distracting yourself with Facebook. Then take a 5 minute break. Get up, walk around, or play on social media. Then another 25/5 block.
      I just went through my supplies and cleaned out things I wasn’t ever going to use as well. My nieces have a ton of new things for their crafting activities!

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