An organised person is able to plan things carefully and keep things tidy.
That is the definition according to the Cambridge Dictionary online. In order to be someone who is organised you have to be willing and ready to plan – but you should also be able to adapt when plans change. Being someone who loves to be organised, I’ve found that at times that can be a struggle. You’ve planned this lovely event and then suddenly, everything is being changed left right and centre. In these moments, it’s so crucial to take a step back and remain calm. Let’s be real, sometimes it’s easy to get flustered in these moments. There is a sense of peace that comes with remembering this verse:
We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps.Proverbs 16:9
Recently I watched a video (which I will link below) about what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman. It was quite insightful and for me, being organised relates to some of the things that were mentioned. Proverbs 31: 15 states that, “She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the days work for her servant girls.”
She rises early to strategically plan for the upcoming day and while she is doing this she prepares the meal for her family. At the core of her organised nature, she has a heart that is very much others focused… a heart that is willing to serve in love. With this in mind, I’ve thought of four key tips to help us be organised in our day to day lives:
1. Starting the day with prayer.
“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” – Martin Luther
Having an understanding of the importance of prayer, when organising something or trying to be tidy, will help so much. Actually ask God to provide you with the ability to be organised and ask Him to allow the Holy Spirit to go before you. As well as this, starting the day with prayer – and being intentional in starting each day with prayer – means that God is first and we recognise the importance in having God direct us during our lives.
2. Using a pen and paper
I’m a traditional woman haha. Yes, I know that we have technology and we are in a time when technological advancements are rapid but nothing beats using a notebook and a pen. Writing down what you aspire to do or even the things you want to do for the day are so helpful. I often sit down in the morning and make a list of the things that I need to do that day – mainly on the weekends – so that I can decide what needs to be prioritised. It is also a way of ensuring that you do all the things you set out to do, especially if, like me, you are often busy doing a whole array of different things.
3. Setting practical amounts of time to do things
Be realistic with the amount of time you have to do each of the things you have set out to do on your list. This means that you can set reasonable goals about what you can achieve in the course of a day and because you would have prayed about it, God will be able to guide you in setting those goals.
4. Tidy, tidy, tidy
Having a messy desk can, in my opinion, affect your ability to focus. There are so many opportunities to get distracted if your desk is consumed with a bunch of different things. It is also refreshing to walk into places that are tidy and it says a lot to others if you take pride in keeping your possessions tidy too. Organising and tidying will make it easier for you to find things when you need them so it’s definitely a sacrifice worth making.
Let’s use the rest of the month of January to work on being even more organised!
If you have some practical tips on being organised, leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you and it would be amazing for us to share with each other.