I have an OCPD of being over organized. I make endless todo lists and try to tick items off the list. I usually follow my lists since I also the OCD of having items checked on the list. I cannot have items unchecked for too long on my list. Thanks to the technology, it is now easier to create and maintain lists :P.
I have been doing lot of these things for a while now. I thought I will jot them down here and to my horror, I realized that I am way too organized after reading these points that I came up with:
- Wunderlist for todo lists, shopping lists and places to travel. After I moved my shopping list to the cloud, I hardly forget anything when I go shopping. I can update the lists from my phone or laptop anywhere, anytime.
- Evernote for EVERYTHING from recipes, planning trips to technical stuff to anything interesting on the net! I literally live on the cloud these days.
- Daily/Weekly planner diary. I use it to plan for weeks or months ahead of time.
- Calendar on the phone to set alerts and to remind me to do some stuff.
- List of books that I want to read on Goodreads.
- List of movies that I want to watch on IMDB and on Netflix.
- List of new songs that I want to buy on Shazam and on my blog (under Music).
- List of items to buy on Amazon cart.
- List of new recipes to try.
- List of new photography techniques that I want to try.
- Restaurants or places that I want to visit bookmarked on Yelp.
- Blogs that I like to read on Google Reader and now on Feedly organized into different categories according to the type of blog. I don’t bookmark or subscribe to emails or use Facebook newsfeed.
- My office desk is uncluttered and there are no papers or books lying around.
- Files on laptop neatly in their folders with folder names which make sense. I don’t keep files on my desktop.
- My clean desktop with no unnecessary icons on it.
I searched online and found some more ways to be organized. I felt these are some really cool tips to stay organized. I hope to implement at least some of these in my daily life (Sources: 1, 2 and many more):
- A small, open basket on the coffee table keeps remote controls from slipping between sofa
- Post several weekly dinner menus on the fridge and alternate among them for easier grocery shopping and meal planning.
- Don’t keep space-hogging cookbooks. Photocopy favorite recipes and slip them into plastic sheet protectors inside a binder.
- Trade round storage containers for more efficient square and rectangular ones
- Organize future events with a monthly accordion file.
- Put a clock in every single bathroom.
- File copies of important documents (birth certificates, car title, passports, proof of immunizations, insurance information, etc.) in a three-ring binder with zippered plastic pockets. If disaster strikes, you can grab it and go.
- Create a Receipt Depot: a folder near the door that everyone drops receipts into as they come home.
- Invest in a good label maker.
- Never Label Anything “Miscellaneous”
This seems like a good website for people like me. I want to spend some more time browsing it : Link
Are you also organized? If so, what do you do to keep everything organized?