The 5 Best Habits To Make you Super Organised

the best habits to make you super organised

I'm about to let you into the secret of how you can become super organised.  It's a tactic used by those we often admire from a distance and wonder how on earth they manage to get everything done.

Okay, habits are not that much of a secret – we've all come across them and have probably got one or two of our own – but I will reveal the best habits to make you more organised.

Because those people we admire weren't born super-organised.  They developed a skill that anyone can learn.  The biggest secret is that they tend to follow the same habits day after day.

So, if you're desperate to get organised but struggle to see how the theory translates into action.  Read on.

I promise you really can exude competence and capability and be seen as the girl who's got her 'shit together.' And be the envy of your friends, family and work colleagues.

Sounds good, doesn't it?

Let's go.

The 5 Best Habits To Being Super Organised

1.  Write everything down

To be organised, you either need to have an excellent memory or start writing things down!

You'll notice one of the main traits of an organised person is that they appear to remember everything.

These people:  

  • Never miss sending out birthday cards on time
  • Are always early or on time for meetings, catch-ups and girls' nights out
  • And they know exactly what needs to be done and when it needs to be done by.

They have their finger on the pulse of everything that happens around them.  

So, do these people just have a better memory than you?  No!  They simply make sure they write everything down.

So, start making lists for your shopping and always mark down important times and dates in your diary.  

A key point is that they write things down physically.  You know, the old fashioned way.  They use pen and paper rather than notes on their smartphone or tablet.

While it may be more convenient to digitally note things, it's actually not as effective as having physical notes.

When I physically write something, I create an emotional attachment to what is written.  Not only does this mean I remember things better (even if I lose the bit of paper where I've written it down!), but it also allows a time for self-reflection. 

Have a look at this...

I found a helpful article on Sources of Insight Blog called

10 Reasons For Writing Things Down – it's worth reading.

2.  Create a set routine

Another habit organised people have is a set routine.  

Okay, this might sound dull and too restrictive for Rule Breakers but honestly, having a set routine really does help to keep you organised.

When we were young, our parents had a routine for us – children thrive under them.  Well, it's the same when we become adults. 

Just because we're older, it doesn't mean we don't need a regular routine to keep ourselves happy and healthy.  Organised people know this, and they use it to their advantage.  

They have a routine for everything, not just for bedtime or exercise.  Organised people also get into the habit of setting aside 10 minutes each day to carry out specific chores or tasks.

So, if you're looking to become more organised, getting into a routine will prove crucial to your success.

3.  They create schedules and goals

Those who are organised don't waste as much time as the rest of us.  Of course, I'd love to say they don't waste any time at all, but hey, we are all prone to distractions from time to time.  

One thing that differentiates the organised person is that they schedule their time and set goals to work towards.  What's more, they don't stop until they achieve them.

When you have a schedule, you know precisely what you need to do and when it needs to be done by.  This reduces the risk you'll miss anything important.  

Top Tip

when making goals, make them as short as possible.  In this way, they are more achievable.

For example, you want to become more organised, so that's your main goal.  However, there are a lot of smaller goals you need to reach before you can achieve the overall goal.  

So, start by writing your main goals, then work on splitting them down so you have a clear idea of the smaller tasks you need to work on to achieve them.  Remember, it's all about eating the elephant!

4.  Organised People Don't put anything off

Do you tend to put things off for as long as possible?  Yes, I'm definitely guilty of this one.

Organised people don't!  They work to the motto "Why put off something until tomorrow when it can be done today".  

This simple rule can help you to become so much more organised.

If you want your life to be much less stressful, getting things done as quickly as possible is sure to help.  So, stop procrastinating and start getting things done.

5.  They know when to ask for help

Finally, out of the many habits organised people have, knowing when to ask for help is crucial.

As women, we need to accept that we can't do it all, despite what social media would have us believe.  Seriously if I hear another person say we have the same hours in the day as Beyonce, I will scream.  Everyone needs help from time to time, and I've sure that Beyonce would be the first to say so.

Since when did we need to act like a superwoman?  Seriously, it's just not feasible.  They go on about how you should easily juggle your work, family, financial and social life without any help from anyone else.  It's a myth!  

Organised people know when to ask for help, so they maximise their time.

When you ask for help

You maximise your time

These are just 5 habits organised people have.  While there are many more, if you focus on developing the habits above, it will help you become a lot more organised.    

Take Action

If you want to get more organised, then have a look at the 5 habits I've outlined.  Again, I recommend starting with one habit and waiting until that's established before moving on to the next one.  You don't want to feel overwhelmed.

1. A written list

You can start today with writing things down – grab a notebook and pen and take note of all the things you need to do as they arise.  I tend to have a notebook where I capture everything.  Then, I put my initials beside anything that I need to do.  Next, as I take action, I cross through my initials.  Finally, at the end of the week, I check to see what actions are outstanding and then schedule them on my to-do list or on my calendar.

2  Create a morning and evening routine

You probably already have a bit of a routine in the morning; otherwise, you simply wouldn't get out of the door on time.  But have a go at formalising the process.  For more guidance, check out my article Morning Routines Of Successful People Will It Work For You?

3.  Write Down Your Goals

What do you want to achieve over the next week, month, year or whenever?  Take some time out to decide what you want to work towards, and then make a plan to take action.  I will have more information coming up on this topic.  But in the meantime, write out your goal using the SMART approach and break down your goal into manageable steps.  You might find it helpful to set timelines or specific dates on which you will take action.

The other trick is to keep your written goal where you can see it regularly.  Writing and then forgetting about a goal is not helpful.  But don't forget to break it down into small steps.

Decluttering the house is a great goal, but it's such a monumental task.  Start off by identifying a room or even a drawer and focus on that first.

Make a commitment to yourself that you will take action when things occur.  If that's not possible, write it in your notebook – see the first point above and then remember to schedule it.  Be conscious of deadlines and don't try to overcommit.

4.  Ask for help.  

Accept that it's not possible to do everything yourself.  Take a look at all the items on your to-do list and identify at least one (go on, we're going to start simply here) that you can seek help with.  It could be asking a friend to help out with clearing your cluttered wardrobe or sitting down with your partner to divide up some of the household chores.  At work, it could be arranging a meeting with your boss to review your workload.

Whatever you choose to do, it's okay.  There is no shame in seeking support when you need it.  Besides, you will often find that others are happy to lend a hand when asked.  Remember, other people, are not mind-readers.  For more guidance on this, have a look at Why You Don't Ask For Help And Other's Don't Offer then read my article on 5 Tips to make it easier to ask for what you want.

A Final Note

Habits are formed over time.  The length of time it takes to develop a habit depends on you and the habit in question.  For more on this, read my article How Long Does It Take To Form A Habit.  Many people find it easier to keep a habit tracker to both remind and motivate them to keep going.  When putting together a habit tracker, there's no rocket science, but I've got you if you are new to the concept.  Watch this space…

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About the author Alison

A qualified UK based coach with 30 years of experience in personal development.

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