By Manuela Domingos
The most successful people have an organized path towards success. They know exactly what they want out of life and they do exactly what they need to do to go after it. As our beloved Beyoncé so graciously stated: “I dream it, I work hard, I grind 'til I own it.” And, we all should follow suit.
But, most forget that it’s the small steps that lead to the big wins in life. You have to have a solid foundation. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to stay organized. By remaining organized, you set yourself up for success. You’re able to think more clearly and you’re able to plan more efficiently. Here are 4 ways to get you on the path to a more organized life. 1. Keep a list. Some people do well with lists. If you are a visual person, writing things down might work to your advantage. I personally am more of a mental person, I tend to think of what I have to do throughout the day and scribble notes here and there. I would recommend keeping a notepad in which you keep track of a list of things that you need to accomplish throughout the day. Set this as a personal goal in which you check off your goal for the day. 2. Maintain a neat space. Studies have shown that you perform better with a much cleaner, neater study space. If you are a cluttered person, consider cleaning out the area in which you spend a lot of time working. I personally recognized that when I began cleaning my study area, I began thinking much more “clearer.” Subconsciously, your surroundings may reflect your current mental state. A much more organized area can reflect who you are as a person. 3. Pick up after yourself. As simple as this may sound, this may be hard to do. It can get easy to get extremely cluttered to the point of no return. When you feel like things are getting out of control, take the time out to effectively tackle that moment by cleaning up. Your space and your sanity will thank you later! 4. Manage your time wisely. If you know you shouldn’t be doing something later on that night, then you probably shouldn’t be doing that one thing later on that night. Set personal goals in which you actively accomplish them. By doing this, you are able to manage your time effectively. Set a log in sheet in which you keep track of all the things you are supposed to accomplish with the respective time, then actually pursue them.