Need to Get Your Life in Order? Here Are Some Steps to Take
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Have you ever wondered why there is such a huge market for calendars, planners, organisers, and books on how to get your life on track? For that matter, why there is such an active self-help industry, in general?
Clearly, it seems to be the case that a huge number of people feel that their lives aren’t quite where they want them to be, and that they could benefit from a whole lot of additional order.
If you feel like you’ve been “going through the motions” for a while now, and are just barely holding things together by the skin of your teeth, committing to a concerted push to getting things on a better track is probably a great idea.
Here are a few steps to take if you feel that you need to get your life in order.
Use apps and digital tools to help you stay on top of your goals, tasks, and schedule
All of us are busy from time to time, and some of us are constantly overwhelmed by the sheer number of different tasks we have to manage. One consequence of this, is that it’s really difficult to get your life on a better track without properly organising your to-dos.
There are all sorts of apps and digital programs available today in order to help us to resolve these kinds of issues, and stay on top of our obligations and targets, ranging from services like Remember the Milk, to Evernote.
Many of these services are also especially useful because they can be run on your phone, and can remind you to “check-in” throughout the day, using push notifications. Click here for more about email and push notifications.
Do some “active writing” to get a sense of what you want out of life
An exercise that’s sometimes used for psychological work, and also for goal setting and effective visualisation, is “active writing.”
“Active writing” essentially involves you sitting down in front of a computer (or notepad) with a particular question in mind, and just writing down whatever pops into your head for a while.
Active writing can be a great way of getting a sense of what you really want out of life. Simply ask yourself “what would make me happy if I had it within the next three years” and then start writing. This can serve as the basis for productive goal setting.
Get more structured – start ordering and organizing your days
Some of us are just naturally more organised than others, and those people tend to just do better, and stay on top of things in life more effectively, to a significant degree.
If you naturally tend to be quite “chaotic,” taking steps to begin making your life more structured and organised can work wonders.