Getting organized isn’t everything. Staying organized is even harder. You want to know not only how to organize your life, but also how to keep it that way.
Organization starts not with the closets, but with your attitude.
Organization does not look like Pinterest images or Martha Stewart spreads. It simply means you are prepared for life – and 80% of preparedness is mental. Organization starts with your attitude, with your mindset. If you want to know how to organize your life, you need to begin by realizing that your attitude is under your control.
No matter how much we get organized, life will always be outside our control. But our response to life – our attitude – is fully under our control.
We don’t have to be trapped by the whims of our moods. We can choose our attitudes, repent of our whining, and cheer up – because God gives us the grace and strength to do so.
Here are articles I’ve written over the years on how to organize your life by organizing attitude:
- Why I think organizing our attitude is so important.
- Progress in organization comes when you have a growth mindset.
- Learn how to organize your attitude – 3 Keys to Organizing Your Attitude
- Find 52 ways to organize your attitude here.
- When we fill our minds with truth, we are taking the first step to organization
- Does organization include self-care? Yes, but the self-care you need is spiritual..
- How to organize your attitude without faking it.
- Prayer with gratitude is true organization of our attitude.
- Don’t let interruptions spoil your mood: Three tips for handling interruptions
- It is virtuous to be happy, and our mood is within our responsibility – Being happy: Having an Organized Attitude
- What to do when other people mess up your organization
- Gratitude will make you more productive
- Organize with the end in mind
- Shift your mindset
- How to organize thoughts
These articles will help you understand the importance of organizing your attitude as well as how to intentionally choose your attitude so that you can grow in joy no matter what comes in life.
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Get organized with the proper tools
Organization doesn’t hinge on buying just the right planner or keeping the perfect calendar, but having your tools set up in a way that fits your life is a helpful step in managing life and home.
Here are articles I’ve written over the years on how to organize your life by setting yourself up with the right tools:
- Declutter your mind with a brain dump whenever you need to overcome overwhelm
- How to organize a brain dump
- Your calendar is the most important organization tool
- You need a menu plan for all the meals
- Why planners are a waste of time
- What’s working now: My weekly planner page on a clipboard
- Five things to do to get organized today!
- Index card organization system
- How to be more organized: 3 tools you must have
- 5 things you need for an organized morning
- Choose the right to-do list for your personality
- How to set up a task management app
- Make a doable to do list: Use the rule of 3
- Write things down.
- Keep a to do list SHORT
- Beat perfectionism with iteration
- The Decluttered Kitchen Project – step by step
- How to organize your calendar
Feature article: 3 Surprising Reasons to Organize Your Life
Check out these podcast episodes for more on how to organize your life by using your planner well.
How to organize your life with a good plan
Planning is much more than guessing. Good plans are not guesses. Good plans are preparation for future self-control and self-management. But too often we make plans that attempt to control other people instead of ourselves.
Let’s dig in to how to make plans that work, plans that prepare us for our real life.
Get organized with better planning:
- Start by decluttering your mind
- Planning for real life
- For moms, SMART goals aren’t; try REAL goals instead
- How to plan according to your vocations
- Escapist planning, and how to make plans that work
- Interval planning: PREP week
- Abby’s interval plan
- Adding margin to your days
- Start Monday strong by taking Sunday off
- 3 MITs: How to choose your most important tasks
- One quick hack to improve your plan
- The difference between responsive & reactive planning
- Interval planning for growth
- Why do we make plans when they rarely work out?
- What’s the difference between a plan that works and a plan that frustrates?
- 3 Steps for a Morning Review
Feature article: Organization for moms – what it really looks like
Get organized at home with better habits
You really don’t need the perfect planner to manage your life. You need better habits in using whatever you have.
Habits are key, but habits are hard.
This video workshop I did with Abby Wahl will explain how habits work, why they’re hard, and how to break them down and build them step-by-step:
How to organize your life with better habits at home:
- Eat a live frog every morning
- 5 habits every mom needs to grow
- 5 habits for effectiveness
- How to focus on habits, not results
- 5 habits for a more productive year
- Stay organized with a weekly review
Featured article: Why we keep trying to get organized
Tips for how to organize your life
- Organization Tips from Simply Convivial Members
- ENFP organization tips
- 3 hacks to get more done at home
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