Have you found yourself completely overwhelmed with your business and desperately need to organize yourself? It may not be a clean-up you need. Rather, you are probably needing a life change; avoiding the mess before it piles up.

If you’re looking to get everything back in order, keep reading.

Create Lists. This is the first new habit you should form. Normally, disorganization comes from not having direction. You start with one task, then realize another task needs to be done. And so, you find yourself jumping from one task to the other, never really completing anything.

With that said, take a pad and paper to write down everything you can think of that needs to be done. You must list every single detail of what needs to be done. Seeing what needs to be done helps you figure out the time line it can be completed in, and gives you peace of mind at the end of the day when you’ve crossed out some of these tasks.

Keep a Calendar. What’s worse is that without a list, you may tend to forget things. You miss out on appointments because the dates weren’t written down. So now that you have listed everything you need to get done, or places you need to go on your list, add it to your calendar. If you don’t have a family calendar, create one right away, so that personal and business events don’t overlap.

Schedule Your meals. To some people, this is not very appealing. How would you know what to eat a week from now? However, this technique is not only good for your time management, it’s also great for your pocket. If you know your meals for the week, you’ll know exactly what to purchase at the market so you only purchase what is needed and not overspend.

Furthermore, scheduling your meals daily will allow you to choose a dish that fits into your work schedule. If you work a 9 to 5, you can prep the night before so that everything is ready for you to cook by the time you get home. If you work from home, you can prep a meal between tasks or meetings.

Do it now! A part of what causes a mess is lack of cleaning while you go. At the office, if you’re done with a file, immediately file it away. That way, you don’t have to schedule time later on in the week for your filing. If you are working on a document for someone, don’t put it on the side to bring it over later. Working from home? Schedule chores between tasks. You’ll be amazed what you will get done when you strategize.

Delegate! If you can delegate at work, DO IT! This may not be something everyone can take advantage of, especially if you specialize in one thing at work that no one else can do but you. However, you can generate a great work/life balance by delegating chores at home that will take up your time which could be used for something else. Remember, you’re only one person with 24 hours in a day. You can’t do everything!

Spring clean often. You know exactly what this means. Paper work that is no longer needed, shred them. Items in your home that you don’t use anymore, donate them. Rule of thumb, if you haven’t used it in the past 6 months, let it go.

Take it easy! Some clutter may not be organized in one day. You might have to do it while you’re getting work done, and that’s okay. You can always start with your list, adding “organization” for a certain amount of time a day until the job is completely done. This is a life change, after all. And if you don’t approach it in that way, you’ll continue to find yourself trying to catch up.