• Serena McGowan

How to Stay Organized

Updated: Jan 19

If you're like me, sometimes life can be a bit overwhelming when there is too much going on.

In my opinion, the best way to stay organized when life gets hectic is to get into a routine. I'm not saying to do the exact same thing every single day because that gets real boring real quick. What I'm saying is to simplify things and create a routine so that you know ahead of time what the day or week will bring.

Here's an example. I know every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday I get up around 5:30 so that I can be at the gym by 6. On Wednesday and Friday, I typically pass on the gym since I have dance at night, but that changes depending on how much sleep I get. On the weekend, I tend to keep a looser structure so that I have more time to spend with friends and family. Every day I work 9-5, and after work on Mondays and Tuesdays, I know I can come home and do some writing, web designing, or just chill out and relax. Wednesday and Friday I go straight to dance from work. Thursday, I go straight from work to Bible Study. Planning my week out and keeping it structured allows me to book meetings, appointments, or coffee dates with friends or potential clients.

How Can I Apply This?

First thing to do is analyze your day by day or week by week routine. Are you simply going with the flow without structure? Do you have so much going on that you just don't know where to start? My advice would be to start small, work in chunks so that you don't get overwhelmed.

Disclaimer: I am not saying to plan your life down to the very second (that would be a bit much).

What I'm saying is to plan out what your day or week will look like. Make a list, whether it be a scheduled list or a daily or weekly to do list, something to keep you on task so that no chore, task, assignment, responsibility falls under the radar. I love creating lists for the sole purpose of crossing things off that list. Once it's done, it's done and I don't have to worry about it again.

To the person that is not into creating lists or writing things down, there are other things you can do too. You can use the Reminders app that comes with the iPhone, set dates in the Calendar app, or if you use Gmail, use the Reminder feature and Google Calendar to set tasks, events, and appointments.

I think everyone can benefit from organizing their day into a schedule or task list in order to be successful. It takes all of five minutes to quickly jot down a few notes in the morning or the night before. This has helped me organize my life and also help me balance two (sometimes three) jobs, working out, eating healthy, and socializing.