What are some of the things you do to feel organized? If you’re an organized person, or if you have a goal  to be a better organized person you’ll likely be on a quest to find activities that will make you feel organized.

Having a clear head can give you clarity to see things in new ways, to find new solutions, and can restore your energy to tackle life’s biggest challenges.  Because the “feeling” of being organized can actually reduce stress and bring clarity, we’ve compiled a list of a few activities that can help you feel organized. Be advised, your  individual level of stress relief may vary.

Keep a detailed schedule

Being able to look back on your calendar a year later and remember what you did on an exact day can give you a great feeling of organization. It can also be helpful when the stakes are high. I recently had two separate people tell me how having notes from their calendar/planner saved them in a lawsuit in court. Here are 7 things that should be in your schedule every week. How to “front load” your work schedule.

Clean your desk/car/house/etc.

Having a clean desk at work is a great way to feel like you are ready to tackle a problem. If you are feeling overloaded at work or at home, take a few minutes to clean your workspace and you will likely feel recharged. Here are some ideas about clearing the clutter.

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Make a list

If you’re a list person, you probably already know it by now. If you are not, you should give it a try.  Many “list people” will tell you that they have been known to write something down even after they complete it just for the satisfaction of crossing it off their list. Keeping a list and checking it off can really make you feel organized. Here’s why you should only write down five things at a time on your to-do list. There are five things to consider when prioritizing your to-do list.

Review your day, take notes

Get in to a regular habit of taking daily notes or writing in a journal. Then when you wake up and wonder where all the years went you will be happy that j5. Have a meeting.  We have all been to one of those meetings where nothing actually gets done, but didn’t it sure feel good to talk about it. In all seriousness if there is a big problem that seems out of control, getting the key stakeholders together to discuss the issues is likely to bring some clarity to the overall agenda and leave you feeling like you have accomplished something.

Wake up early

Getting a head start on the day is a great way to feel good. Planning. Of course this one has to make the list.

Make a plan

Planning is the art of figuring out what is going to happen before it actually takes place. This is a great way to reduce stress and feel in control. Here’s why highly-productive people use time blocking when they plan.