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:
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.
Feature article: A Morning Routine for Every Personality Type
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:
whenever you need to overcome overwhelm
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.
Often miss deadlines, forget to shop, and break commitments? Organize your life with these spreadsheet templates.
Is your life a mixture of missed deadlines, forgotten shopping, and reneged commitments? If so, then it’s probably time to get more organized. And where better to start than with hard numbers and figures?
For this, you might want to take advantage of the many useful Excel spreadsheet templates available from Vertex42 that allow you to keep track of your time, belongings, projects, and money.
Here are the best Microsoft Excel templates and spreadsheets to organize your life.
1. Excel Money Management Template
If you’re anything like me, your finances are scattered around a smattering of savings and checking accounts, with the odd credit card thrown in. Perhaps you’ve even got a mortgage. This makes it incredibly challenging to keep on track of your income and expenses.
The template allows you to create a budget to handle multiple accounts’ income and expenses in a single workbook. You have sheets for budget, accounts, transactions, goals, and weekly, for a complete package. This will let you track your spending habits and plan for unexpected costs.
2. To-Do List
Visualizing what you have to do as a list is a valuable tool in increasing your productivity. There’s no shortage of tools on the market that helps you do this, like Todoist, Wunderlist, and TickTick.
But if you want a simpler solution, check out this to-do list spreadsheet. It lets you schedule tasks, set a priority, and get things done on time. Best of all, you can easily customize it to your needs. You can even use it to schedule tasks among team members.
3. Medication List
Do you have any long-term health problems? If you’re on a number of medications, you may find it challenging to organize what you take, how much, and when you take them.
Thankfully, medical spreadsheet templates can reduce the stress of managing your medications, and this one is ideal. Just add what you need to take, when, and how.
You can add notes to keep track of who prescribed it, why you’re taking it, when you should stop taking it, what the pills look like, or anything else you notice while taking your medication.
4. Travel Budget Worksheet
Are you planning a vacation soon? It’s easy to fall into the quagmire of expense that comes with traveling. There are flights, hotels, and food to pay for, plus everything in between. If you’re not careful, it’s really easy to find yourself paying more than you’ve intended to.
Now, this Travel Budget Worksheet makes it incredibly easy to keep on track of your expenses whether you’re visiting the next state or seeing the world.
Set your total budget before you start booking, then insert individual expenses to keep track of how much room is left in your budget. The spreadsheet will also visualize your spending.
5. Checkbook Register
You don’t need a paper checkbook to take advantage of a checkbook register. It allows you to track each and every incoming and outgoing payment in its simplest form and then add (or subtract) that from a running total.
This allows you to keep current on your checking account and avoid falling into the mire of debt. You can use paper for this, but why not try Excel?
6. Home Inventory Checklist
If you’re moving to a new house or renting out one of your spare rooms, you probably want to keep track of each and every item you have. This home inventory checklist makes it easy to see what you own, and what’s missing, all from within an Excel spreadsheet.
The preset items in this list are optimized for insurance purposes. Hence you’ll find columns for recording details on warranty, price, and condition, along with serial and model numbers. You can also expand the list with anything else you’d like to inventory.
7. Meal Planner
If you’re on a highly restrictive diet or if you’re just trying to cut down on food wastage, you’ll want to keep a meal planner.
This meal planner template allows you to organize breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a week, as well as your grocery list. Add dishes for each meal that includes sides and include foods you snack on.
You can check meals from a dropdown menu, and the spreadsheet will automatically compile your grocery list.
8. Project Schedule Template
As one of the best organizational templates for your workplace, this Project Schedule template is equally useful for your upcoming DIY project or school assignment.
Vertex42’s Project Schedule Template manages to transform each step of what you’re trying to accomplish, all in the form of a pleasing Gantt Chart. Enter the start date of your project, and the dates in the sheet will automatically update.
You can work with either the week or month templates or use both for different projects. So, if you’re looking up ‘how to organize assignments in Excel’, this is your template.
While Excel is a great place to create Gantt charts, you could also try using a free project management app.
9. Yearly Planner Calendar
Got a busy year ahead? The Yearly Planner Calendar spreadsheet template allows you to visualize your schedule for months to come while sticking to a single page.
There are two tabs containing portrait and landscape views, plus there’s even room for notes.
10. Continuous Monthly Calendar
The Continuous Monthly Calendar template is a bit like the Yearly Planning Calendar, but with one major exception. It doesn’t show any breaks between months. It’s all just one contiguous block. Just input the start year, month, and day, and it will populate the cells for you.
If you like a little more room to journal each day, then check out some of these online printable journaling templates.
Organize Your Life With Google Docs Next
Using these Microsoft Office templates to organize your life is just the start. You can use spreadsheets to track your health and fitness goals, manage your time in the office, and plan events.
In fact, there are hundreds of spreadsheet ideas to browse! The templates may not look like much, but they are easily customizable and will save you a lot of time formatting your own documents.
Check out the amazing array of Google Docs templates instead if you don’t have Microsoft Office!
Use these time-saving Google Docs templates to help you create your documents quickly instead of wasting time struggling to put them together!
With her BS in Information Technology, Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She then decided to follow her dream and now writes about technology full-time.
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From simple things like putting items you haven’t used in six months into storage, to planning outfits and meals ahead of time to the best way to charge your phone, there are tips for everyone—and everything.
Let’s face it—everyone wants to be more organized, but the time and energy it takes sometimes don’t seem worth it. If you do put in some effort, though, being organized will actually save you time and energy in the long run.
According to a study in “Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,” women who said their homes were “cluttered” were more depressed and fatigued, and had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than women who said their homes were “restful.” And when it comes to your bedroom in particular, keeping it clean and organized may help you sleep better, according to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation.
How do you get to the point where your house feels restful instead of crazy and cluttered? It’s actually not as hard as you might think, especially if you follow the tips on this infographic from Simply Self Storage. Not only have they offered advice on how to organize your home, but they’ve included tips on how to organize your work day, your family, your meals and even your social life. So basically, they’ve got your whole life covered!
From simple things like putting items you haven’t used in six months into storage to planning outfits and meals ahead of time to the best way to charge your phone, there are tips for everyone—and everything.
Check out the infographic below and, while you’re at it, you should maybe also print it out and plaster it all over your walls, or at the very least bookmark this page so you can take your time organizing and refer back to it as often as needed.
It looks like we have a lot of work to do. At least we know that, once we’re done, we’ll fee a heckuva lot better.
Have you tried any of these tips? What’s your favorite way to organize?
You were born a simple being. You came into this world with nothing, but as you grew you began to attract more "stuff" and chaos into your life. But simplifying your life is not about self-deprivation; it’s about consciously choosing to be satisfied with less and eliminating those things that take up your time, space and energy. Learn how to live the simple life with professional organizer, and Mission: Organization guest, Monica Ricci’s 10 steps to help you get back to basics.
1. Identify what’s causing chaos in your life.
Is it too many activities, too many "voluntary obligations," too many priorities, too much debt, toxic relationships, or too much clutter in your home or workplace? All these things can be raising your chaos level. The first step is to identify what adds chaos, which is not adding a significant amount of joy, happiness or value to your life.
2. Scale down your possessions.
Every thing you own, from three toothbrushes to four winter coats to the shoeboxes you’re saving "just in case," takes something from you. It costs you time and energy because it all has to be maintained, stored, cleaned, moved or sorted at some point. Plus, it takes up physical and mental space.
Everything you own also owns a little piece of you, so now is the time to start parting with things that don’t bring you joy or value. You will be giving yourself the gift of more energy and space, and if you donate your used possessions to charitable organizations, you will be helping those who need the things more than you.
3. Avoid impulse purchases.
Everything you bring into your home takes energy from you and space in your home. Evaluate carefully what you are buying and why. Visualize yourself bringing it home, finding a place to keep it, maintaining it and then selling it off at a garage sale in a few years for a fraction of what you paid for it. If you still want it, and can think of a real use for it, it is probably a valid purchase.
4. Turn off the television.
The average American watches in excess of 20 hours of television per week. Try turning it off one night a week to allow quiet time for yourself and/or your family. Don’t worry: You can usually watch your favorite episodes online the day after they air — or TiVo it.
5. Cut your hair.
Sound silly? How much time, effort and aggravation is it to deal with your hair every day? If your hair is high maintenance, consider a new style that will take less time and effort.
6. Stop getting junk mail and phone calls.
Write the Direct Marketing Association and have your name removed from junk mail and phone lists. The cost is $1, and it makes a marked difference in the amount of unsolicited junk you receive. You can find the forms to contact the DMA at DMAchoice.org.
To remove yourself from prescreened credit card offers, visit the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry’s official Opt-Out web site, OptOutPrescreen.com.
You can also sign up with the National Do Not Call Registry to avoid telemarketer calls.
7. Evaluate your time commitments.
Look at how much time and energy you spending on activities, organizations, clubs and social groups. Really evaluate how much value or joy they give you in relation to the time you invest. If you find that some have outlived the benefits of the activity, simply stop doing it — you’ll have more time for the things you do enjoy.
8. Take a stand at the holidays.
Instead of dreading the holidays because of the stress they often bring, make a pact with yourself to change it. If it’s the gift-giving tradition that causes you stress, one way to help is to make your own gifting policy.
Options include not giving gifts to anyone, and, in turn, not accepting gifts for yourself; buying gifts for needy children only; or creating spending limits per person. Whatever you decide, let your friends and family know well in advance of the holidays, and tell them that you’ll be sticking to it. They may not believe it at first, but you will reap the rewards when you find yourself enjoying the holiday season again.
9. Stop spending time with toxic people.
This is a tough one, but well worth it. Refuse to spend your precious time and energy on those constantly negative people in your life. Life is short. Spend it with those who love, support, encourage and inspire you.
10. Ask for help.
Despite your efforts to simplify, things are bound to get crazy sometimes. When that happens, just ask for help. It’s so easy, and the people in your life do want to help. It makes them feel needed and valued.