They Do a Few Things They Love (For Short Time Periods)
“I give myself the permission to do the things I want to do—like meditation, yoga, or music—in very small amounts of time in the morning, for five to 10 minutes,” says Wolf. She uses the free Insight timer for meditation and her phone timer or a yoga app when stretching so she stays accountable. For tasks she’s tackling later in the day, she’ll use Tomato-Timer.com to focus for 25 minutes.
They Complete Tasks in the Same Order
This is as though you’re creating muscle memory for your chores, says blogger Casey Osmundson on PrettyOrganized.com. You probably follow an order when you brush your teeth or shower because they’re a habit. “It’s the same theory for the rest of your routine,” Osmundson says on the blog. “The more you practice completing a task, the less you’ll have to consciously think about each step. What once seemed like a challenge will soon feel more like second nature.”
They Identify Three Things for a Successful Day
“Organized people think through their days,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. “At the beginning of the day, they ask, ‘What do I need to do to make this a good day? If nothing else happens, what three things would make me feel like the day was a success?’ Then they figure out when these things can be scheduled, including back-up slots, given that life [interruptions] will happen.” Plus: 50 organizing tips you’ll regret you didn’t know sooner.