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Life hacks for organized people

If you lose your car keys or mobile phone regularly, have no idea what you accomplished yesterday and can't plan beyond your next meal, it's time to become more organized.
Amy Peterson, FamilyShare Modified: April 29, 2014 at 10:33 am •  Published: May 5, 2014

Several years ago, my husband's family was having a lively discussion about everyone's quirks. When it was my turn to be discussed, I felt a little nervous; I didn't want any of my major flaws brought to light in front of my in-laws. Imagine my delight when my biggest quirk turned out to be my amazing penchant for organization. I realize, however, that not everyone shares my talent. Adopt some of these life hacks and you'll find yourself on top of your game.

Organized people . . .

Make lists and check them often. The best organizers know how to make to-do lists and use them to motivate and remind throughout the day. They also end each day with most items completed.

Use calendars religiously. It may seem a little OCD, but organizers love calendars. They take advantage of apps that sync various calendars to each other. For example, I merge my online calendar with my husband's and a family birthday calendar to have all the information I need right on my phone.

Relax in moderation. When you're organized, you earn your downtime and spend it well. I save mine for playing games with my family and reading. I also know I can't spend too much time being idle if I want to stay organized, so I savor each moment I have.

Set goals and reach them. A benefit to being organized is knowing what you want to accomplish and how much time you need to do it. If you're just getting started with goal-setting, set small goals that lead to larger ones.

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