“Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Now if we’re being honest, isn’t that statement just immensely true? Some days, your life is smooth sailing, and you’re on the fast track to success. Other times, you’re thrown a curve ball and you’re stuck in this perpetual state of chaos. In those moments, I find myself feeling like I’m drowning in the craziness of it all. I cry over the stress, I get distracted, but most of all, I get disorganized.
Being distracted means you’re disorganized and when you’re disorganized you will without a doubt forget to tend to at least one of your responsibilities. If there’s one lesson I’ll never forget, it’s this one: never let your work slip because your personal life is in shambles. The work that you put forward each and every day is a reflection of your strengths, your weaknesses, and your motivation. When you’re turning in work that is sub par, perhaps people will assume you’re lazy or you’re not talented and, girl, that is just not the truth.
It can be difficult to keep organized throughout the chaotic seasons in life. To help aide you through your tough times, consider this your guide for keeping organized even in when your life feels topsy-turvy, or what we like to call organized chaos.
Use your planners, calendars, and set phone reminders.
Take advantage of your planning tools. Invest in a quality planner. Set calendar alerts on your phone, computer, tablets, etc. Use your calendars as a form of organization and guidance, not just a decoration hanging on your bedroom wall. But whatever you do, make sure all of your calendars, planners, and alerts have the same information. In doing so, you’ll feel a greater trust in yourself and your organization.
Take a step back and evaluate your task before you dive in.
There’s something to be said for taking a moment to fully grasp the task at hand before beginning. After evaluating the situation, you’ll be able to accomplish the task in a more effective manor, leaving you feeling more confident about the work you’ve done.
Make time to relax and unwind at the end of your day.
All good things come from self-care, especially high quality work. At Spire & Co, we LOVE all things self-care related. If you couldn’t tell. 😉 Whether you’re in need of a bubble bath, a dish of ice cream, or a night with your girls, take the time to relax and let your mind be at ease. A good 80% of our days are spent worrying about work, our personal lives, school, and our many responsibilities. We rarely take enough time to treat ourselves and let our minds take a break. Though it may not feel like it, taking care of yourself and your mental state directly correlates to your ability to remain calm and create a space for organized chaos.
Make a to-do list each night for the following morning.
Writing down your tasks gives you a physical reminder of your responsibilities, which will tend to hold you to task. Personally, I like to take some time during my night time routine to sit down and jot down all of the tasks I need to accomplish the next day. Some people prefer to do this early in the morning, but if you’re not a morning person and tend to be groggy and disorganized after just waking up, and odds are you may forget something. If you write down your list at night, the chances of forgetting something are more slim and you can just get rocking and rolling once you wake up.
Bonus: If you’re someone who has a hard time getting motivated to do your tasks, start crossing off each item you’ve completed. The more items you can cross off your list, the more motivated and on top of the world you’re going to feel. You could even make the first task super simple as a way of jumpstarting the process.
To the best of your ability, stick to your typical routine.
This one can be tricky, especially when your personal life is a big ball of chaos. I try to stick to my typical routine, in an attempt to keep on top of my organization, and not to throw my brain off. The more you stray from your typical routine, the harder it will be to readjust to average life once the storm has calmed. Wake up on time, make some breakfast, start your work, and carry on as if it were your average day. And of course, if something doesn’t go according to plan–as all things never will–make the conscious choice to be calm so that you can mindfully adjust accordingly.
If you’re feeling extremely overwhelmed, ask for help.
There’s absolutely no shame in asking for help. If you’re feeling like you can’t finish a task, ask a coworker, a friend, or your family for help. This helps ensure that all your tasks are being accomplished, but it also helps put your mind at ease. Knowing that you have the support of another can sometimes mean more than anything when you have a lot going on. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help, because odds are, a friend will be there to help keep you on track.