De-clutter your space
Think about this… have you ever been to a nice spa to get a massage? You’ve probably noticed that everything is very clean, minimal and impeccably organized? The visibly clean, uncluttered space has impact on your brain and your senses. It’s all done intentionally in an effort to help you feel more relaxed as soon as you walk in the door.
Make your bed
I’ve mentioned this in other videos where I’ve talked about making my bed every morning. One of the reasons I make my bed every morning is the feeling you get when you walk in your bedroom throughout the day. Just like the spa. It just feels good to walk into a room that doesn’t look like a disaster area. And, believe it or not, it also helps my productivity because I already accomplished something right as my day is getting started. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but just a simple straightening of your sheets and pillows does the trick.
A place for everything
Okay, think about this for a minute and be honest, does it seem like you’re always mis-placing stuff or loosing things? This might be an indication that you need to work on organizing. I pretty much have a place for just about everything. That way, I always know where things are. It’s the simplest solution but one of the hardest to implement and stick with. Especially if you’re not used to it. But it’s as simple as putting things back in the same place you got it from. Car keys, corkscrews, sunglasses, duct tape and pens. Try to have a place for things and always put that thing in that place. Clear out a drawer, a shelf or a cabinet if you need to.
This one might sound simple, but sometimes, it’s the simplest task or idea that can be the most beneficial. And for me, making lists of what I need to do helps with my productivity. Here’s a perfect example, when I’m writing out articles like this, I’ll start with a list of points I want to cover. Then I’ll write a paragraph or two about each item on the list and that’s the article. This one included. Now, you don’t have to be super crazy about it, but having a to-do list helps with distractions because you can see what needs to get done.
Use Shoptagr to help organize shopping lists
On the topic of making lists, I also make shopping lists. I’ll make a list of grocery store items if I need to pick up a lot of stuff. I also keep a list of general shopping items like clothes, shoes, electronics and stuff for the home. The tool I use, and that I’ve talked about before that helps me keep all that stuff organized is from today’s sponsor, Shoptagr. Like I said, I’ve talked about them before and I really like using Shoptagr. They not only help keep my shopping lists organized, but they also help me get incredible deals and discounts on stuff I was gonna buy on-line anyway.
Shoptagr is an easy to use free app you can download to your computer and your phone. You can save products from just about any store and organize them into wish-lists. You can get notifications via email or mobile push when items from your list go on sale. The other cool thing is Shoptagr automatically scans the web for coupon codes and applies them at checkout. I used it just last week. I had about $220 worth of stuff I was buying. Shoptagr did it’s thing at checkout and tested about 12 different coupon codes and my final price was only like $165 or so. If there’s codes out there, it’s pretty likely it’ll find them for you. If you want to get your shopping lists more organized and also save some dough, download Shoptagr at this special link they made just for us down below in the description.
Use a desktop day planner
The next item that helps keep me more organized is a day and month planner. I’m a little old school with how I sort my calendar. I also use Google calendar, but my planner is my main tool. It opens up pretty large and the whole month is spread across both pages. This is primarily for scheduling and planning my YouTube and website content. If I have a brand deal scheduled two months from now, it’s in there. If I have a regular video on maybe a random Tuesday, It’s in there. Every video I’ve done this year and some upcoming videos are all in there. It stays right on my desk and I know what I need to be working on at a glance.
Organize your closet
Now, this may not seem like it helps with productivity, but in my book, it does. And it’s organizing your closet and your drawers. I keep polo shirts together, short sleeve button downs together, casual and dress shirts together, and I also like to keep colors and patterns grouped together. This might not be the way you do it, and that’s fine. I’m not saying this is what you have to do to be more organized, but this is what I do to help me avoid unnecessary confusion. Do I still stand there trying to figure out what to wear? Sure! I think we all do that. But at least this helps me find what I’m looking for. If I wanna wear a polo that day, I’m only looking right here. I’m not looking at the entire closet getting confused or distracted.
Here’s the other thing that goes along with organization, and that’s reduced stress. If you can never seem to find your phone charger and it becomes a shouting match in your house every time you’re trying to find it, how’s that helping your stress level? Maybe I should make a video about that. Look, I’m not perfect and I don’t expect you to be either. Starting a new organizing habit or routine is the easy part. Sticking with it takes effort and follow through. Because, if you want to stop losing your car keys or your wallet bad enough, you’re smart enough to figure out a simple plan to help prevent that from happening…. Only if you want it bad enough.