How to Organize Your Life

by Carl Hose - Updated September 26, 2017

A disorganized lifestyle without priorities and goals can result in living a life that seems as if it is going nowhere. This can lead to feelings of poor self-worth, even depression. There's no need to live this type of lifestyle. With simple planning and a clear vision of where you want to go, you can organize your life and set yourself on a path to a more productive, happier future.

List the priorities in your life, then examine the list and decide what to leave in and what to leave out. Many people take on too much, or spread themselves so thin that it isn't possible to devote the needed attention to those things in your life that are important. Decide what is important in your list of priorities and whittle it down. You can't make everything a priority. Ask yourself if everything on your list is truly a priority. Get rid of those that aren't.

Define the priorities in your life into one of five life zones. These core life zones are self, finance, family, home and work. On paper, arrange the life zones in order of importance to you, then place the priorities you've written into one of these life zones, arranged in order of importance. This is an effective way to streamline the priority process. The "self" life zone should come first, because if you aren't happy with yourself, you will have a difficult time getting motivated enough to organize.

Write a strategy for accomplishing or devoting time to the priorities in your life. A calendar or appointment book may work for you. Write daily and long-term goals as they apply to your list of priorities. Adhere to your scheduled plans as closely as possible.

Relax along the way. Reading, enjoying movies and going out on occasion can help you do this. Accomplishing goals takes time and energy. Working yourself until you are exhausted will only contribute to feeling disorganized, and will eventually lead you back into the disorganized lifestyle.


  • Keep your surroundings clean and neat. No matter how organized you are on paper, unorganized surroundings can contribute to making you feel disorganized.

About the Author

Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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