With my junior year of college upon me, I have started to make lifestyle changes that will help me stay on track and get more out of each day.
If you have read my article “Staying Motivated with Anxiety” you probably know I struggle with the mental disorder. It makes it very difficult to try to organize my thoughts when I have a thousand things to worry about. Since focusing on this lifestyle change my anxiety has been much easier to control and has allowed me to get more out of life.
Even if you don’t have anxiety, these tips can still make a huge difference in your day-to-day life:
Keep a Clean Home
Neat surroundings make for a neat mind. Having a clean home can lead to more productivity and less stress. Try to clean up your messes as they are made throughout the day to allow for a constant clean environment. Leaving messes to accumulate will not only lead to clutter but will force you to take time out of your day to clean everything.
I always feel better when I make the extra effort to keep my room clean. It provides one less thing to worry about.
Organize Your Workspace
For me, organizing my work space is heaven. Sometimes I want mess it all up just to be able to put everything back. It might just be because I’m a Virgo, but I think it is so satisfying to have everything perfectly organized.
Buying any of the millions of office supplies that help with organizing your office space is worth it. Make a list of all the things you want to have at your desk or in your office and buy products that will keep everything organized.
It is important to keep each aspect of work separate when it comes to a workspace; I have a place for all my school work that is completely separate from all my Etsy craft supplies. This allows me to focus on one thing at a time, rather than worrying about both school work and craft work.
Having an organized place to work will make everything much easier. Hopefully you’ll find the same satisfaction as me when everything has a place and everything is in it’s place.
Regulate your Sleeping Schedule
Regulating a sleep schedule is not an easy thing to do, but can make a world of difference when accomplished. Pick a time you want to wake up every morning and try your hardest to stick to it. This will be much easier if you also go to bed at a time that will allow for plenty of sleep.
Work When you are Most Productive
One of the biggest things I’ve noticed in my life is that trying to work after 8 PM is practically useless. It’s like a wall is put up in my head that won’t allow any good focus or concentration through. Because of this I try to get all my work done when I am most productive; in the morning and afternoon. Getting everything done during the daytime also gives me time to relax and have fun at the end of the day, which is very valuable to me.
However, some people work best at night. If you are a night owl you may want to switch this around and get everything done at night so you can have the day to relax.
Have a Nightly Routine
Every night before I go to bed I try to spend an hour to myself washing my face, cleaning my room, and getting all my things in order for the next day. I set out my planner to see what I need done and make a list of all the things I want to accomplish the next day.
Also, as a way to reflect on my progress I write bullet points in a journal of all the things I have accomplished that day. The longer the list the more motivated I am to stay on track.
This nightly routine is well suited to my lifestyle, but yours could be completely different. Spend a week trying out different things you can do for a nightly routine and see which ones help you the most.
Make the Most out of your Mornings
I take mostly online classes, aside from one at 11:30 AM and another at 1:30 PM, so I am lucky enough to have a lot of time to get ready and start my day. Even though I have the option to sleep in, I shoot for waking up at 7:30 or 8 everyday. Again, I am one of the lucky ones with no early obligations, but try your best to wake up early enough to get ready without being rushed.
I start off my day with breakfast, then shower and get ready. While getting ready I like to drink green tea listen to happy music to start my day off on the right foot.
Once I am ready I sit at my desk and go over my planner. I add any other things that need done and plan out how I will accomplish all the tasks throughout the day.
Like the nightly routine, you may find other things that will help you better than these. But the most important thing to focus on is allowing yourself a good amount of time to do your routine before your other obligations.
This is my number one tip for keeping an organized life. If you plan ahead and have everything you need done written down on specific dates it will keep you on track and give you peace of mind.
At the start of every semester I fill out my planner and calendar completely. I will go through the syllabus for each class and write down the due date of every assignment and the dates of every exam. I personally love doing this, it makes me feel ready to take on the semester and also keeps my worries at bay knowing exactly when everything is due. Of course, there may be exceptions to due dates changing, but I take those as they come and adjust. You may prefer to take it month by month, but I personally like not having to worry about updating it so often.
Planners are the key to organizing your life. Buy one and keep it with you at all times.
I have found these to work very well in not only making my life more organized but also making me happier and enjoy everyday so much more. I hope they will help you in improving your life as well.