7. Get a planner or a bullet journal.
Make it a plan to be more organized. Living an organized life, doesn’t happen overnight. Like all good things, it requires work and dedication.
Take a few minutes once a week, to plan ahead. This concept doesn’t simply apply to your work schedule, or family activities. Your planner or bullet journal, should cover every aspect of your life, that needs monitoring and organization.
Schedule time to complete simple tasks daily. This week, I’m taking two hours to organize my digital files. Last week I scheduled two hours to organize photographs. When you write things down, and allow yourself a specific amount of time, you’re more likely to get it done.
So many of the Organized 365 Community members struggle with processes to get things done. The simple act of writing down what needs to get done, is often motivation enough to do it.
Write down today, which one of these 10 hacks you’ll take advantage of this week.
8. Get rid of your printer.
This one was a little radical for me at first. I was the proud owner of a compact desk jet printer, a little clunkier all-in-one color scanner/copier/printer, and a super quick and efficient laser jet printer, that was anything but compact.
We used the desk jet for quick print jobs, and coloring pages. The color printer for homeschool portfolio projects, and the laser printer was only used once in a great while for heavy duty print jobs.
It was a nice set-up, but they did take a lot of space. As we moved more and more towards a digital lifestyle, the “machines” became a little useless.
If you’re not ready to give up your printer just yet, I challenge you to just unplug it for a couple of weeks. Unless you’re working from home, and having the constant need to print things out for your clients, chances are you don’t really need that printer.
9. Get Google Docs and Evernote.
One of the best ways to get rid of the extra clutter in your home, is to move towards a more digital lifestyle. We started this challenge, with the hopes to live a simpler life.
Are you a note take and list maker?
How many of those notes are currently in post-its, scraps of paper or in the back of old envelopes? The carefully crafted notes, recipes and step by step directions you wrote down, are completely useless, unless you know where to find them.
Try free apps like Google Docs or Evernote.
Evernote even has a feature which allows you to snap a quick picture of a receipt, or note for safe keeping. You can then file the images, in a searchable database. How cool is that?
10. Go completely digital.
We’ll talk discuss this more at length next month.