Organization 101: How to get organized FAST

Everything is a disaster right now! How can I become more organized?

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Before and after the Mav Advice organization process.

Alejandro Aguilar

Before and after the Mav Advice organization process.

“My life is a mess. I can’t find anything. My brain is scattered. Everything is falling apart.”

If you are finding yourself saying any of these things, you may be temporarily disorganized. But don’t worry! I’m here to help you get your life organized. Because, trust me. I’ve been there. 

Follow one or all of these tactics and get organized FAST!

 

1. Figure out what works for you.

For some people, it might be color-coding. For others, it could be having a physical divider or organizer for all your stuff. Perhaps you prefer to keep a planner, agenda or calendar. Whatever it is, figure out what form of organization works the best for you. Some common was of organization include (but are not limited to):

  • Color coding
  • Having a calendar/agenda
  • Having a block schedule (housekeeping time, schoolwork time, etc.)
  • Placement by topic/category

There are many others. And if none of these work for you, find your own way of organizing things!

 

2. Keep track of EVERYTHING.

Whether you choose to use a planner/agenda or not, write down (either physically or digitally) everything that you have done, need to do and want to do. If you’d like to, separate the things on this list by priority, doing the most important things first and the least important things last. 

 

3. Have a place for everything and put everything in its place.

Have a home for everything. Every paper, every binder, etc. Knowing where everything is can help with your organization so much. Once you’re done using something, make sure you put it right back in its place. As easy as it sounds, it’s not a very natural thing for a person to do. We tend to change the location of certain things quickly, abruptly and regularly. But having everything stay in one place all the time can help A LOT.

 

4. Keep important papers separate from less important ones. 

This has helped me so much. In my school folders, I keep in-progress and important things on one side and things that are finished on the other side. That way when I go to work on something, I know exactly where it is. Nothing important is ever lost in all the finished/less important stuff.  

Whether you plan to use these organization tools to help with schoolwork or something else, I promise at least attempting one of them will help you see a change in your organization. 

I wish you the best of luck!