One of the hardest things about growing up is getting organised – and if we’re honest, a lot of us grown ups still aren’t particularly good at it. There are plenty of people who are in their twenties and still getting their mother to make appointments with their doctors for them. Here are some tips on how to grow up and get organised.
Sort Out Your Bills
If you don’t have your finances sorted out, now is the time to do it. You need to make sure that you have a good credit rating. Even if home ownership seems like thousands of years away, time ticks away faster than you might imagine, and you don’t want a huge overdraft to come back and bite you in the butt one day. Make sure that you pay your bills through direct debit if you have problems remembering to pay them, and make a list of them so that you can tick them off when they’re done. Put a certain amount of money aside every month for bills.
Use A Paper Diary
Don’t rely on your memory for everything. Invest in a diary so that you can write everything down. Using your phone and laptop to remember everything is great but writing things down helps to cement them in your brain and it’s much easier to flip through a physical diary to figure out what you’re doing instead of a virtual one.
Use Technology To Help
There are lots of apps out there that can help you to organise your slightly frantic life. If you’re awful at remembering to charge your phone at night so you end up running out of battery at around lunchtime, try out Chargeapp, which will help you solve that issue. If you have a short attention span and you have problems focusing on your classes or during work meetings, use your phone or laptop to record them so you can go back later to check up on what exactly has been said.
If you clean regularly, it won’t become a huge overwhelming task that takes up half your weekend. When you get home from work each evening, take ten minutes to sort your things out and to run around your apartment or house putting everything away that’s lying out and in the way. It’ll mean that you lose less stuff and that the process of cleaning will become much less laborious in the long run.
Learn To Prioritise
It’s so easy to get distracted when you’re trying to get organised. If you aren’t a naturally organised person, chances are that it’s partly due to a short attention span. Regardless, when you’re cleaning or sorting things out, try to look at the big picture and focus on what’s really important – for example, sort out your bills instead of alphabetising all your books. Remember it’s okay to let some things slide for a short time while you sort out other things. If you get too stressed out or overwhelmed, you’ll start to let things slip, so take a deep breath, try to relax, go at your own pace, and reward yourself when you do a good job.