“I need to get more organized!”

If you’ve ever had that thought, you are not alone. There have been weeks—even days—when we’ve said that quite regularly around here! Many of us struggle to get organized. We all want to feel on top of our to-do lists, ​schedules, and responsibilities. We hope to start the day a little more put together than the last. We wish for a sense of order to encompass it all.

Living an organized life is a goal that many aspire to—and for good reason.

Being well-organized has a number of amazing benefits: it reduces stress, opens up free time, and allows things to run more smoothly. Organization also improves your performance helping you feel more in control and giving you more mental energy. Sign us all up, right?

If you’re feeling scattered and not quite as organized as you’d like to be, don’t beat yourself up. You can get there. But first, you have to be realistic about what exactly you’re trying to achieve!

Here at Day Designer, we think a lot about what organization looks like in real life vs. the perfect, idealized image in our heads.

Organization does not equal perfection.

In real life, organization…

can be messy
doesn’t always come naturally
takes time
doesn’t mean everything is always in it’s place
can be overwhelming
is a give and take
gets interrupted
is about finding a balance
is an ongoing process
is not perfection
starts with baby steps
means saying no (so you can say yes to the right things!)
requires quite a few life hacks, tips, and tricks
means you can’t do it all
is not as simple as it looks
can get derailed in a matter of minutes (especially with kids!)
means things don’t always go as planned
comes from progress…slow and steady
means asking for help when you need it!

Organization is attainable; perfection is not. ​

In real life, although organization is not simple, these challenges can be overcome.

Living organized is possible with realistic expectations and just a little extra effort! And to get there, life doesn’t have to be boring, perfect, or completely minimalistic.

Next week, we’ll share our best habits + tips for a more organized life. But first, take a look at why organization matters, especially with all that we’re juggling!

Organization…

means knowing what your goals are
goes hand in hand with productivity
 is worth it
 frees your mind
means a clear workspace/home
 helps you focus
means making the most of the time you have
 is a result of making a schedule
means mapping out your day
 helps you stay balanced
means more open space
 is an important key to success
means better time management
avoids overwhelm due to clutter
 helps you prioritize
makes you less stressed
 reduces unnecessary stress
 sets you up for success
 means knowing where your time is going
means control over your schedule—and your life
 leaves a good impression
 teaches our children great habits
 equals higher productivity
makes it easier to focus
allows you to get things done faster
allows things to run smoother
means mapping out your goals
allows you to use your mind for processing not storage
helps make you happier

Feeling motivated? Join us as we dive deeper into how to live organized—in real life! Read the next post here.

 

Do you have unrealistic (perhaps perfect) expectations when it comes to getting organized? Let us know the comments below!

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