How to Organise Your Life: Take Control

If you really want to take control of your life and you want to systematically organise your whole life, this is the place to start.

In The Organised Life Project, I’ve designed a series of tasks to help you to organise every single aspect of your life: your home, your family and yourself.

But how do you start to organise your life?

I think all processes like this start best with some self-evaluation. Step by step, you want to reflect on each aspect of your life: your home, your time, your appearance, your health, even your spiritual life.

Once you have really established where you are starting, you can identify where you need to focus first.

This is where my Organised Life Project Self Evaluation comes in.

Organise your life with the OLP Self Evaluation

What you really need is to download my OLP Self Evaluation Worksheet. Using a series of questions, you will create a radar chart. This looks at each aspect of your life, from food to finances to friendships, and you rate your current situation accordingly.

You’ll end up with a radar chart like this:

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Identify Your Goals

The second part of the worksheet asks you to jot down what you would like these areas to look like. For example, in ‘Fitness,’ you might say, “I want to be able to run 10k in 60 minutes,” or in Memories, you might want to make sure you have a family holiday next year. These goals don’t have to be fixed – in fact, in each month I tend to talk you through setting goals and targets where relevant – but this is a great starting point.

Work out how to Organise Your Life

When you start The Organised Life Project, I really recommend that you start with Decluttering and then Routines. This will really help give you the momentum – and the routines – to maintain your household and all your other obligations.

However, where you go after that is up to you. If my chart looked like the one above, I’d have a look at the Memories section (which, coincidentally, is what we’re working on in November) or the Fitness section.

I take on one focus a month. I find this works really well: a month is long enough to establish good habits and to make a real difference, but not so long that you get bored and lose momentum.

Don’t go it alone

One of the loveliest things about The Organised Life Project is that there is a whole community working through these steps at the same time. We have a brilliant Facebook group and a weekly email to your inbox to keep you on track.

This is really helpful. It keeps us all on track and allows us to share our ideas and our triumphs. We can also share the things we’re struggling on and support each other.

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