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15 Awesome Things Organized People Do To Get Their Lives In Order

15 Awesome Things Organized People Do To Get Their Lives In Order

Successful people are often organized people. It’s no secret – they achieve incredible productivity and fulfillment through intentional action, a balanced routine, and a decluttered lifestyle. Here are a few incredible, low-budget tools and proven practices that they use to maintain control of their life.

1. They create simple lists

Limiting their lists not only make them less daunting, but easier to focus on by giving them only a few options to choose from. Using a simple tool like a folded Index Card is a perfect way for them to jot down to-do’s quickly.

2. They keep track of their day

Making use of an easy-to-use calendar such as Sunrise Calendar is a great way they keep track of their day’s activities at a glance.

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3. They back up their files

They make use of the generous amounts of free cloud storage through applications like DropBox and Google Drive to back up pictures, documents and other valuable digital assets.

4. They go paperless

Organized people get rid of the stacks of paper lying around with simple apps like Office Lens (syncs with OneDrive) and Scannable (syncs with Evernote) so that they can access their files from all of their devices at a moment’s notice.

5. They leverage a digital brain

Keeping track of scattered information is a waste of precious time and energy. That’s why organized people keep ideas, check lists, images, text documents, PDFs, spreadsheets, audio files, emails and more in a digital brain like Evernote. Content is easily searchable across all of their devices, giving them the access and organization we all need.

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6. They throw away the excess

Owning fewer things is a lot easier to manage than organizing more things. That’s why they get rid of the unnecessary to let the necessary breathe. Any simple garbage can or garbage bag does the trick.

7. They simplify social media

Organized people have learned to consolidate their social media presence by using applications such as Buffer or Hootsuite.

8. They tackle their inbox

Keeping that inbox clean is a job of its own. To help manage the flow, they use web applications like Just Delete Me to unsubscribe from those annoying email lists. If they still have a lot coming in, they’ll use an application like Unroll.me to roll all of their recurring email into one single email digest each morning.

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9. They create automated actions

They get creative with tools such as IFTTT or Zapier to combine app functions and automate the simple but annoying digital tasks.

10. They consolidate their finances

Using beautiful, easy-to-use budget software such as Mint or a user-friendly bank such as Simple Bank helps them take control of their spending and saving.

11. They outsource to virtual assistants

If mundane tasks are taking up too much of their time, well-organized people will outsource them to US-based virtual assistants using companies like Zirtual or Upwork.

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12. They stream their media

Using services such as Spotify, Netflix and Kindle, they free themselves up from the massive collections of CD’s, DVD’s and books. They can stream all of that content whenever and where ever they want it, right from their phone.

13. They automate as much as they can

So many actions can be automated these days, allowing them to take entire tasks off their (already short) to-do list and not worry about them. For example, they may pay their bills through automatic bill pay or receive recurring orders for consumables such as shampoo and toilet paper through Amazon Subscribe & Save.

14. They give everything a place

They organize their space by giving everything a place. Using combinations of dividers, drawers, cabinets, and other storage units, they make sure that their surfaces are free of clutter.

15. They practice good habits

Without daily habits such as putting things back where they belong, keeping an eye on their budget or scheduling events in their calendar, these tools would be useless. The final tool in their kit is their own will. They have and use the tools to take charge of their life. So can you.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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