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Four reasons why it pays to be organised


Being organised is easier said than done. It’s a commonly held goal of many New Zealanders, and for good reason, because being organised can pay big dividends.

The GetReminded team have compiled four top reasons to demonstrate why being organised can be a life game-changer.

1. Stress less

We could all use a little less stress in our lives, right?

Trying to remember everything is stressful. Constantly feeling like you have forgotten something or rushing to get things done at the last minute….that’s stressful too.

According to Intermountain Healthcare, a US-based not-for-profit system of 24 hospitals, being disorganised can impact your mental health. The team of health professionals there think organisation helps you to:

● Improve sleep
● Reduce stress
● Improve your relationships
● Reduce depression and anxiety.

2. Be more productive, enjoy more ‘me time’

If you have your ‘ducks in a row’ by being more organised in your daily life, you will free-up more time for yourself.

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care
enough about yourself to make room for it in your life,” said Psychiatrist, Jungian Analyst and author Jean Shinoda Bolen.

You know that yoga class you have been meaning to join? Or the return to sewing that you have been wanting to make? Regaining more time for yourself by being more organised can help make these things happen.

3. Save money

Being organised can have a positive impact on your bank balance too. There is a range of tools available to help you get on top of your to-do list.

The free GetReminded app can prompt you to renew your contracts and pay bills on time. Avoid late fees and take the opportunity to shop around for the best deal at the time your contracts are due for renewal. Get reminded when it matters and potentially save hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year on your everyday expenses.

4. Focus on the big picture

Being bogged down in micro-managing small daily tasks can mean you lose sight of the bigger picture. Remembering to pay a bill, feed the pets and buy the dishwasher tablets at the supermarket can occupy a lot of your day-to-day thinking, rather than your relationships or self-care priorities.

Natalie Jane of Be Organised, based in Auckland, said “Organised people weren’t born organised, I know I didn’t start picking dirty clothes off my floor and keeping the kitchen tidy until I was well into my 20’s!! It’s all about creating a system and routine that works for you.”

Once you have a system and routine in place that suits your lifestyle, chances are you can stop sweating the little things and focus on the bigger picture things you want to achieve in life.

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Disclaimer: This information is meant as a guide only and should not be taken as legal or financial advice.