When you suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, even the simplest of tasks can feel like climbing Mount Everest at times. Not only are you more likely to be feeling tired and unmotivated, but often the brain fog takes over and you can’t even remember what you need to do! That’s why so many people living with mental health issues could benefit from getting organised!
Don’t worry – being a little more organised in your life, although challenging, is not particularly difficult, and you can take baby steps along the way until you’re the most organised version of yourself.
It may be that some of these habits won’t work for you and that’s fine – there’s no need to implement them all into your life – but take which ones you can and implement them in your life and you will soon notice that you’re no longer forgetting those important birthdays or leaving the laundry piling up for too long and as they say, every little helps…
Have a routine
Having a regular routine that you follow each day is not only a great way to look after your mental health but also an excellent way to get organised. If you know basically what you’re going to do from the moment you get up until you go to bed and you actually do it regularly, it will soon become second nature and you’ll find that stuff somehow just gets done without, seemingly, much conscious input from you. It’s like automating your life!
Obviously, you aren’t an automaton, so it’s fine to be spontaneous and veer off the path from time to time, but if the bare bones of a routine is in place, you won’t end up in a mess.
Write stuff down
It sounds really obvious, but so many of us are so unorganised because we simply do not have a clear record of what we need to do and when. If we were to mark down dad’s birthday on the calendar it would be easy to remember to call him on his birthday or if we wouldn’t only make a not of Father’s Day we wouldn’t be scrambling around the shops on a Sunday morning looking for suitable father’s day gifts in the leftovers. It’s not just special occasions that you should be writing down either – you can make a list of everything you need to do each day from cleaning the carpets to returning that library book and it will help. It’s also surprisingly satisfying when you can tick things off as a job well done each day.
Set yourself deadlines
Even if you don’t happen to have any deadlines imposed on you by a boss or whoever, it can be quite useful to set your own. Why? Because a deadline demands urgency, and when you know something is urgent, you’re less likely to keep procrastinating and procrastinating until the moment has passed and that important thing never gets done, or at least, it doesn’t get done soon enough, which is almost as bad. You may feel silly setting yourself a deadline for vacuuming hr carpet or scrubbing the bathroom at first, but it’s not like you have to tell anyone, and it’ll soon become your new normal. Think of it as a game you play with yourself.
Declutter your space
There are few habits that can help you yo be more organised than decluttering your living space. The more stuff you have, the harder you have to work to keep it clean and in place, and if you’re feeling down or anxious, that might never get done anyway.
I’m not saying you should get rid of everything you own or anything so drastic as that, but if you could commit to going through one room, or even one drawer, every weekend for a while, getting rid of anything that’s broken, unused or unwanted, you’s be surprised how much nicer your home would look and how much easier it would be to find something when you need it.
Oh, and once you’ve decluttered, it may also be worth finding a place for every single thing you’ve kept. Then,m it’s just a matter of returning everything to its rightful place once you’ve used it – that’s how you get organised.
Sometimes, it’s impossible to be as organised as you would like to be simply because you have too much stuff to do. If you have good friends or family members, one way of getting around this could be by learning to share your problems with people you trust and allowing them to help you with various chores. Admittedly, this is easier to do with the people you live with, but if you’re struggling, you’d be surprised how many people would be willing to help you, at least for a little while.
From having your kids sweep the floors to having your partner take over the garden while you focus on the indoors, there are tons of ways you can delegate life’s tasks so that they don’t overwhelm you and you don’t end up running around like a headless chicken day after day.
So many women – and men for that matter- think multi-tasking is a superpower that helps them to do more in less time, The evidence would suggest otherwise. Often, multi-tasking stresses you out, causes you to do a poorer job than you would otherwise, and leads to disorganisation, Set aside a block of time for each task you need to do and focus on that task alone. You’ll almost certainly find that not only do you finish your chores/working day sooner but that you do a better job and feel less frazzled at the end of it too. It really is a revelated. Give it a go!
Invest in a capsule wardrobe
Wouldn’t it be nice to get up in the morning and get dressed immediately without any fuss or worry about what you’re going to wear? You can absolutely achieve this in your own life and all you have to do is start building a capsule wardrobe.
The beauty of capsule wardrobes is that everything in the matches and every piece is a timeless classic (if you’re doing it right) so you can literally pick anything out and know that it will look great on you! It’ll make your mornings so much easier.
Put the hard work in
Okay, so it is totally possible to work smarter instead of harder, but at the same time, if you want your life to be super organised, you’re going to need to work at it. You need to actually write those tasks on your to-do list. You need to check your schedule daily. You need to take the time to declutter your home periodically. At certain points, this may seem like too much effort, but when that happens, instead of doing nothing at all, resolve to do whatever you most need to do for just one minute. That’s a short enough time that you should be able to manage it, and chances are when you get started, it’ll be easy to keep going until before you know it, you’ll have crossed every single item off your list…Okay, maybe that’s a bit optimistic!
Being organised isn’t an innate quality – it’s something you can learn. Try out the above habits for size and add as many of them as feels comfortable into your life and soon you’ll be one of those people who always seems to have it together too!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.