Creating routines

When you understand the value of routines organizing takes a new dimension. Organizing is much more than making things look pretty. It is knowing, where things are, what needs to be done and doing this in an ever changing always moving world called our day-to-day life. 

Routines help make everyday life run allot smoother and more effortlessly.

The visual below shows you a visual representation of how this topic, decluttering, cleaning and organizing fit together. Once you have organized your space you need to maintain this you tend to do this by forming habits

For example you have specific days for your cleaning, laundry, budget and paperwork

Within this you might go through a series of steps which tend to always be the same - this is a routine (much like that of a dancer).

Useful routines

It may not at the top of the list when you are organizing a cupboard, the kitchen or a bedroom. If however you are organizing your life, being aware of this concept is paramount.

There is a great amount of regular practices you can create starting from time bound

  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • Evening

To more specific examples;

Exercise, packing lunch, coming back from work or school, getting out of the house, laundry, cleaning or budgeting routines.

Basically you get the drift, anything that consist out of a sequence of steps, is done regularly and usually has a clear goal can benefit from this practise.

How do routines help me be more organized?

They allow you to after you have gone through them a few times do things on auto pilot. Think about having a shower you do not think consciously now I get the soap, the shampoo, etc. You most likely will not think about it at all, but you will still have your own little sequence.  Say you first shampoo, brush your teeth and then use the soap. And this is your little sequence everyday. It is logical because if you don’t, it is a waste of valuable brain cells to think about this stuff every day.

The power of routines means we can work in a predictable sequence, we know what to do, how to do it and often also how long it roughly takes.

This is a powerful way to work something which all greatly successful people do as it allows them to do repetitive tasks, which might not even be that pleasant (think about cleaning or your doing your budget, before you read this website ;-) regularly and in the least taxing way possible.

Isn’t it boring?

Maybe, but the way I look at it is I don’t think that for example laundry is becoming anymore fascinating if I mix my colors, do five loads in one day rather than one or do not fold for two weeks and then do a marathon folding session. The same applies to dishes, maybe it is very boring and predictable to do the dishes after dinner but it sure isn’t more fun to do dishes once a week. Because by then, it starts to effect your surroundings, your mental state, your feelings of being overwhelmed, not knowing what to do and if it is a place like the kitchen it will eventually effect your health as well.

Another benefit of having these standard practices is that once you do the predictable frequent tasks in your life on auto pilot.

You can actually focus, enjoy, concentrate and be engrossed in the challenging exciting and new tasks life throws at us.

If you feel overwhelmed and you say you are not organized, you might actually have a lack of set sequences in your day-to-day life.

This article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in November 2016.

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