Whether you’re a parent, a college student, or somewhere between K-12, being organized is an important lesson to learn when growing up because responsibility and priorities don’t just go away. Life is one big checklist. You can either drown in chaos or find ways to get things done. Everyone has different ways of staying organized; however, I’ve found that these three simple things help when preparing for a big change such as going back to school or wrapping up a great summer.
Cleaning Out the Clutter
It feels great to get rid of those things that no longer serve a purpose in your life. This could be clothes that don’t fit, that magazine you haven’t read in months, or expired products such as lotions, etc. Become a minimalist and be simple! Learning to let go of the clutter will provide you with more safety and overall well-being knowing that you already have more than enough. Essentially, there are two steps to simplifying your life:
Of course, it’s easier said than done. This is where a checklist will come in handy.
Some people swear by checklists and others rely on their memory. Personally, I prefer the lists. Checklists are a great way to visualize what your day, week, or month will look like. What do you need to do? What do you have time for? How can you make more time? There are simple checklists and more in-depth checklists available online which might be a better fit for you. I do find that making my own checklist provides more room for individualization. Checklists can be beneficial in that they are visual representations of what you can and need to get done. Checking off or crossing out things on a tangible list you’ve made for yourself provides a real sense of success, however, each person is different, and you’ll have to figure out what works for you.
Make New Goals
When summer is ending, it’s a good time to think about what you want from the upcoming academic year. Knowing your goals is knowing yourself. Make your goals somewhat attainable so you don’t become frustrated when you’re not reaching them exactly how you had planned. One of my favorite goal-building tools is a vision board. Get a blank poster board and any images or text that resonates with what you want for the present and future. Once you have all of that together, lay it out on your blank poster and align them how you see fit. There is no right or wrong way of making a vision board. This is a great way of starting a new beginning and embracing change. Of course, there are many other ways of getting organized and making goals and everyone knows what works best for them.
How do you get ready for the school year? What ways do you organize your time and your goals? Let me know in the comments below—I’d love to hear your thoughts!