17 Ways to Get Your Life in Order (Checklist Included)

17 Ways to Get Your Life in Order (Checklist Included)

I’ll reveal how to get your life in order and together with 17 simple things you can do from home.

After a year of global stress and anxiety, more and more people wonder how they can get their life back on track and in better order.

It has been proven that bringing order and structure into our lives can help us feel less anxious and more in control of our experiences and feelings. While getting your life in order can help boost productivity and increase your mental state of being, not being composed with your life can easily take you down a negative spiral, impacting your mental and physical health and your relationships with others.

Getting your life in order is a multifaceted task and involves getting your mental and physical health in order, as well as bringing organisation to your home and personal space.

If you’re wondering where to begin, follow as I take a closer look at some of the most effective ways to get your life in order. Begin by ticking off this 30 item checklist:

1. Identify the chaos in your life

Everyone experiences different challenges, be they personal, political or social, which we have to overcome daily. The easiest way to get your life together is to take an honest look at your life from a different perspective.

Try to understand what makes you happy and what causes you stress and anxiety. By doing this, you might be able to gain a perspective you weren’t aware of. Are you hurrying through life too quickly without enjoying yourself? Are you too focused on work or not focused enough? Does the opinion of others bother? Are you constantly in competition with someone else (or even yourself)?

If you can identify the chaos in your life, you’ll be more conscious of it when you experience it and will be able to actively make an effort to avoid it.

2. Create a weekly itemised to-do list

On top of a routine (to be discussed), you should always keep a weekly to-do list handy. While this list should include irregular activities which pop up each week (such as social arrangements), try base your weekly to-do list on a template that you can follow each week.

For example, plan out which days you wish to clean your home, water your plants, and do your weekly grocery shopping. You can then add in your other arrangements as you see fit, depending on how busy you are on each day.

By managing your time well with the use of a list, you’ll be able to get your life in order without letting yourself (and others) down last minute.

The Checklist Manifesto – How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande is a great book to read if you’re wondering where to begin.

3. Be a critical thinker and monitor your progress

Everyone is presented with difficult decisions to make each day. Some of these decisions might have significant impacts on our lives, and it’s essential we think critically about them.

When making a life-changing decision, a good way to practice critical thinking is to journal your feelings and emotions. Give yourself time to consider and weigh up your options, and regularly monitor how you feel.

Once you have made up your mind, it’s important to be confident about your decision so that you can move forward in whichever direction you see fit.

4. Manifest your dreams and turn them into goals

The more we think about our dreams and aspirations, the more likely we are to make them come true. While dreams exist as subconscious ideas, turning your dreams into goals is a way to turn them into actionable plans that are possible in the real world. As long as your dream is theoretically possible, you will be able to set your sight on it and work hard to achieve it.

Studies show that the mind is more active than we expect, and actively thinking about your goals helps you keep track of them, monitor progress, and avoid distractions, helping you realise and achieve your goals.

Identify what gives you joy, and then go out and get it.

5. Don’t over-caffeinate your body

Human beings naturally try to overcome stress in the most convenient ways possible. When we get tired, some choose to drink coffee to push it a little further, rather than resting and re-evaluating the situation.

Don't over-caffeinate your body

While a quick caffeine boost can give us a great energy boost, caffeine is also known to increase anxiety levels, contribute to insomnia and sleeping issues, as well as digestive issues and high blood pressure.

What’s even more interesting is that while it instantly boosts one’s energy levels, caffeine is known to increase feelings of fatigue once your boost has lapsed.

6. Plan out your day the night before

Organise your lunch and outfit before you go to sleep, and make your bed every morning

The morning rush can leave a stressful strain on many people, and finding the time to get dressed, feed yourself (and your family), pack a lunch, feed the pets, and clean the house can be an exhausting way to begin your day.

If you’re wondering how to get your life in order, a great way to calm the morning rush is by organising your belongings the evening before you go to sleep. Choose your outfit and prepare your lunch to ease your morning routine and free up some extra time.

Then use this extra time to make your bed the way you love. Making your bed each morning is said to help start your day on the right footing by increasing your productivity levels, lowering stress, and improving your mood.

Rearranging your routine to prepare yourself for the morning and ready your bed when you arrive home is a great way to avoid unnecessary hurry.

7. Keep a self-care routine

Following a daily and weekly routine is a great habit for getting your life in order. Many people complain about how quickly time passes them by and how they cannot complete what they need to in a day.

If you’ve never had an effective routine before, you should start by journaling what you do each week. Identify and track how much time you spend cooking, watching TV, cleaning, working, and exercising.

You can even try our self-care shower routine.

Once you have a better idea of where your time, energy, and resources are going, you can start to better organise your life by creating a routine.

By cutting out things that are consuming too much energy without adding to your life and adding things that improve your quality of life, you’ll be able to control your experiences and the outcomes of your day more easily.

Why order is important in life:

  • It allows you to dedicate time and energy to things that benefit your lifestyle.
  • The order ensures we always make time to do what we need (from grocery shopping to daily exercise).
  • It improves our proactiveness and productivity levels.
  • It opens our minds to accept and welcome changes.

Are you ready for the challenge?

Could you do a better job of taking care of yourself?

It’s more crucial than ever before to maintain good physical & metal health.

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8. Cut out unhealthy vices

If you are addicted to an unhealthy substance or prone to certain habits, you should practice self-care and focus on cutting out your vices. Anything in the extreme is bad, and from smoking to drinking alcohol to guzzling chocolate and sweets, cutting down on your vices can have a huge impact on your mental and physical health.

9. Take responsibility for your actions

While external factors can dramatically impact our lives, we are solely responsible for our happiness and successes. Accountability is essential for anyone who wants to make and maintain good relationships with others. No one wants to spend time with someone who constantly complains without making a conscious effort to change.

How to take responsibility:

  • Don’t blame your misfortunes on others.
  • Don’t make excuses for your actions.
  • Follow through on the promises you make to yourself and those around you.
  • Accept your current situation and acknowledge that it is up to you to take action for change.

10. Spend time doing what you enjoy; craft and create

While you might enjoy lounging in front of the TV and eating unhealthy food, this, unfortunately, isn’t an activity that will help you get your life together.

Research shows how important it is to spend time doing things that make you happy. If you already engage in a hands-on activity or craft, you’ll know first-hand the mental health benefits that ‘creating’ can offer.

From painting to woodworking to scrapbooking to sewing, having a creative outlet or hobby promotes creative and decisive thinking, helping us make better decisions. It’s also known to lower anxiety levels, boost confidence and empathy, and improve life quality while enhancing brain functioning.

11. Set yourself SMART goals

Setting goals can provide one with a better direction and idea of where you are going. They allow you to focus on what is most important while making time for critical decisions. When you have a goal to work towards, you experience increased motivation, and when you reach your goal, you are rewarded with personal satisfaction and a sense of success.

When setting your goals, make sure they fit the SMART acronym:

  • Specific – Well-defined and clear goals are easier to follow.
  • Measurable – You should be able to measure what you have reached.
  • Attainable – If they aren’t achievable, they will hinder your motivation.
  • Relevant – Align them with your overall hopes and dreams.
  • Time-bound – Set deadlines to ensure you actively work to reach your goals.

How to find your next step in life:

If you’re struggling to find your way through life, setting short-term goals that are in line with your overall aspirations (however vague they might be) is a great idea.

12. Eat well, drink water and do regular exercise

Our minds and bodies work together, and if we neglect our physical health, our mental mindset suffers, all of which impacts our ability to get our lives together.

Following a balanced diet plan inclusive of the main nutrients and vitamins a person needs can help keep us active throughout the day while protecting our immune system and keeping us healthy. If you feel like your body doesn’t absorb enough nutrients, investigate different vitamin supplements to take together with your healthy diet.

Equally important, adequate water helps keep our bodies hydrated while carrying nutrients and oxygen across our bodies and flushing out harmful bacteria.

Invest in comfortable and beautiful workout clothes and a water bottle, and hit the gym. Doing physical exercise, from outdoor activities to weight lifting, can help control your weight, improve your sleep quality and your mood while helping your body combat illnesses.

13. Organise, clean, and declutter your space

While many might not have sufficient time to get things done, living in a messy and dirty space can have a big impact on your mental wellbeing (as well as personal hygiene).

Keeping a clean home can give you the motivation to work better while improving your efficiency and use of time. Decluttering your space can also reduce stress and anxiety levels, and a beautifully clean home will make you exude confidence while giving a good impression to others.

I found this book inspiring and useful to understand how cleaning can change your life – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo.

How to pick up your life again

If you’ve just gone through a life-changing event such as a relationship separation, decluttering your space can offer you a clean slate to pick up your life again.

  • Store things you want to keep yet don’t want to look at each day (things that trigger sadness).
  • Donate or throw away things that remind you of bad times in your life (things that trigger anger).
  • Clear out your closet and get rid of anything that no longer fits you.
  • Treat yourself to some new possessions that will motivate you to pick up your life again.

14. Surround yourself with positive people

(and get rid of toxic relationships)

In a world where we have to pick and choose who to spend our valuable free time with, we must surround ourselves with those who care about us and make us happy.

These are the people who know us well and have the best advice for us, and it’s essential we listen to those who love us, as they might be able to tell us things about ourselves that we struggle to see.

On the other hand, ending toxic relationships is a necessary sacrifice that can have a near-immediate effect on our lives. If someone is holding you back, distancing yourself is one of the best ways to get your life back in order.

15. Don’t waste time complaining about things you can’t change

While actively taking responsibility for our lives is the best option, sometimes we will face problems out of our control. In these scenarios, we must learn to accept and overcome things that we cannot change without spending our precious time complaining about what could have been.

16. Stretch your body each morning

Whether you join a meditative yoga class or choose to follow your own stretching routines, stretching your muscles each morning can be a wonderful way to wake up your body and mind and ready you for the day ahead.

17. Compile a reading list

Like setting a goal, compiling a reading list can give you the motivation to spend time reading enjoyable and productive material rather than lazing around, watching mindless TV.

Daily reading is associated with mental stimulation, reduced anxiety, increased vocabulary, memory, and general knowledge. It also improves your focus and analytical thinking skills.

From inspiring to reflective novels, self-help reading can give one a different perspective on life while motivating you to improve yourself and make better choices.

Top 10 life-changing books:

  1. Designing Your Life. How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life – Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
  2. Make Your Bed. Small Things that can Change your Life … and Maybe the World – William H McRaven
  3. The 80/20 Principle. The Secret to Achieving More with Less – Richard Koch
  4. Big Magic. Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Rising Strong. How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown
  6. Small Doses. Potent Truths for Everyday Use – Amanda Seales
  7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F#ck. A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson
  8. How to be a Grown-Up – Daisy Buchanan
  9. If I Could Tell You One Thing… Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice – Richard Reed
  10. 168 Hours. You have More Time Than You Think – Laura Vanderkam.

If you’re trying to get your life in order, the best place to start is exactly where you are right now. Understand that your ambitions are a steep yet climbable hill and that taking small and manageable steps every day can help you get your life back on track. When one door shuts, another door opens!

Get your life together checklist

17 Ways to Get Your Life Together & In Order (Checklist Included)

Natasha Bernstein

Born in South Africa, Natasha is a Masters educated writer with a passion for sustainability, travel, health and food. With experience in the hospitality, energy, production, and broadcast industries, Natasha has a rounded and unique worldview. When she isn’t writing in her favourite coffee shop, Natasha likes to spend her time travelling the world, surfing, gardening, sewing, and experimenting with fun new recipes.

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