How To Be An Organized Person

Make it easy for you, be consistent and reward yourself

Felix Cabrera
Sep 23, 2019 · 5 min read
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So, you forgot to hand in your homework …

You received a massive F on that assignment, and your grade suffered for it.

Can you relate to that?

Or maybe you forgot your girlfriend’s (or boyfriend’s) birthday?

As a result, she felt really upset because you forgot a special day for her.

No worries, I am not here to judge you. We all have busy schedules, things to do, and places to be. Our lives can get pretty hectic at every is going at a fast pace.

I have been there and done that.

However, through the years, I have learned a few things on how to become more organized. Thus, I want to share them with you.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Make It Easier On Yourself

In my opinion, being organized comes more naturally to some people. Thus, it may be harder for people to stay organized and use techniques to organize their days.

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

What has worked for me is to remove the most friction as possible. One thing that has helped is to set up multiple reminders on my phone during the day.

Maybe you have a planner, and you constantly forget to use it. Perhaps, using planners is not your thing. That’s fine, everyone is different, and some things work for some and not others. But, there is a high chance you are always going to have your phone on you (if you have one).

The idea behind this approach is to use tools that fit your personality and lifestyle. Thus, you need to be self-aware.

If you feel that you are a person that you forget things, you get distracted easily, then use organization tools that help you the most. Perhaps, you are a very spontaneous person, and following a routine, it’s hard for you.

To give you some ideas, you can use to-do list apps and synchronize them with all your devices. You can synchronize the app with your phone, computer, and tablet.

Then, add the tasks and set reminders.

This way, as you go about your day, despite how busy and hectic your day gets, you have a system that can help you stay on track.

Hence, if you are working on your computer, you have a reminder, if you are using your phone, you will be reminded as well, and so on.

Be Consistent

A huge lesson I have encountered through my life is to be an organized person is that you need to be consistent. It doesn’t matter you are organized one day, but then two months go by and you get off track.

Consequently, you keep attracting the same situations into your life.

A way I found that you can be consistent is to make a habit of planning out your weeks every Sunday. It doesn’t have to be every Sunday. It can be any other day of the week.

You can get a physical or digital planner (or calendar), set the appointments and commitments you have each day for the upcoming week.

The most important is to do it every day you choose to until it becomes a habit. At first, it may seem a lot of hard work. However, it will get more comfortable for you, at least, that’s what happened to me.

If it the action of planning your week is tedious for you, remember why you are doing it, remember the stressful moments you are going to prevent (try) by investing your time to organize yourself.

Remember the day you forgot your girlfriend’s (or boyfriend’s) birthday?

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Reward Yourself

After you have set up a system and stayed consistent, acknowledge your progress and reward yourself. Many times we tend to criticize ourselves when we don’t organize ourselves, but when we make progress, we overlook the win or sometimes even take it for granted.

In my life, not acknowledging my progress and not rewarding myself, just makes the process of organizing myself even harder than it should be.

Watch the episode of the Netflix series you want to watch, go out to dinner, go to the movies. In other words, do something you like to reward yourself for staying organized.

In my experience, when I do this, it motivates me to keep putting in the work to stay organized. Also, when you see the positive changes in your life, this can serve as a reward as well.

For instance, if you see that you are more productive, your relationships improve, and your grades go up, these are other types of rewards as well.

Think about it like starting a workout program. As you keep working out and eating properly, you may see positive changes that motivate you to keep following the exercise program.

Final Thoughts

Don’t be too hard on yourself if organization does not come naturally to you. However, there are ways you can work to start organizing yourself.
Remove all the friction that you can, use tools that fit with your personality and lifestyle, and reward yourself as you make progress.

After you see the benefits of planning and organizing your life, it can become more comfortable for you to stay organized.

Come on. You can do it!

Disclaimer: Results may vary. These tips and advice are based on my experience and opinion as a former undergraduate Computer Science student, tutor, teacher, and software developer. Everyone is different, so, the advice shared in this article may or may not work for you.

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Felix Cabrera

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A.k.a. Felix The Dev. Software Developer. Writer, programming teacher, tutor, and coach.

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