How to Become More Organized

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH

How to become more organized and less stressed For some people who live busy lives, there are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done that they need to. Sometimes the day has disappeared entirely, and the person is wondering exactly what happened when they realize they haven’t completed anything, and their time has vanished. Perhaps it is time that this person faces the fact that they are disorganized and do something about it. For anyone that wants to turn their disorganized lives into something with more order, here are some tips on how to become more organized.

How To Become More Organized

The first step in learning how to become more organized is to take a breather. A person that is disorganized needs to take a step back and take a long, hard look at the situation. What are the reasons for everything being such a mess? Is this person trying to do too much and it’s causing everything to fall apart? Are there simply too many demands being placed on this person? The first step to becoming more organized is to find out the cause of the disorganization. Maybe a person is simply trying to do way too much in a day and nothing is working out.

What is causing there to be so much chaos during the course of the day? Is it that a person has too much on their plate or is it poor time management? The second step in learning how to become more organized is to stop making so many demands on one’s self. There are so many hours in a day, and a person has to sit down and decide exactly what is the most important aspect of it. Can there be some things that can be put off to another day or left to someone else? No one is perfect, and the sooner a person realizes this fact, the better off they will be. Disorganization is not a hard problem to conquer as long as they see certain things and find out if the demands they place on themselves make sense or not. A little self-reflection can do a person a world of good.

Does Adrenal Fatigue Relate to Disorganization?

Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome has many signs and symptoms that can cause disorganization. It is not uncommon for many people who suffer from this to feel overwhelmed and not able to get organized.
Some of these symptoms include:

  • Lack of energy
  • Depression
  • Inability To Handle Types of Stress
  • Hard Time Performing Daily Tasks
  • Increased Need For Stimulants (such as coffee)
  • Difficulty Remembering Things

So, yes, if you suffer from Adrenal Fatigue your life, home and daily living tasks may be dysfunctional and disorganized. However, by making a game plan to get yourself organized, you can help relieve some of the added stress caused by Adrenal Fatigue and disorganization.

How To Deal With Disorganization and the NEM Stress Response

Learning how to become more organized at homeThe NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress ResponseSM model plays a role in stresses that are both mental and physical. If your home and life are disorganized it can increase your stress levels and reduces cortisol levels in your body. Also these stresses may trigger your ‘Fight or Flight’ responses if the level of disorganization is too much to handle.This can further impact your Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. In order to remedy this take a deep breath and focus on the task at hand. Be sure to do one thing at a time, step by step and take small breaks. Being slightly disorganized is normal for many people. However if you feel like your life is out of control, you really need to take charge before it consumes you. Balancing stress and daily life will overall help your health and well-being. So reevaluate what is going on in your life and focus on one step at a time.If you take care of your mental and physical stresses you will be able to relax and enjoy life a little bit more.

Disorganization is something everyone has a problem with at one time or another. However, there may be a number of reasons why a person cannot get their act together. One chief cause of disorganization could be the fact there is simply not enough hours in the day, and a person is trying to handle way too much on their own. Taking a step back, analyzing the situation, and facing the fact that no one is perfect, are all good ways to help a person become more organized.

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  • Jen says:

    Dr. Lam, The one thing I’m afraid of is starting with a practitioner only to find that the Doctor’s fees and tests are more money than I can afford. I’ve had health problems since 2006 or 2007, that started with stress and a double ear infection. I was in menopause and I think my hormones decreased drastically, since my hearing levels decreased and it seems to get better when I am on high levels of sex hormones. However, i do not want cancer! I’ve been on a few different prescriptions for BHRT, and the 100mg Progesterone seems to be the most helpful; however I am not sure I should be using that much if I do not have to. Started on E2-.375, E3 1 MG, 100 mg Progesterone, and went up to 5 mg Testosterone. The estrogen was changed to E2 .375 only with 100 mg P4 & 5 mg Testosterone. This gave good libido but was getting alittle too much aggression. I went to get testing, put on .2 each of striol & estridiol, 30 mg Progesterone (increased to 100 mg Progesterone) and 2 mg Testosterone (increased to 5mg testosterone). I’ve been told NO ESTROGEN because it will give me estrogen dominance. I am so worried to go off of everything except Progesterone. I have stopped the testosterone or use very little. How much danger is it to not do hormones every day? How much of this can supplements balance? Should one go on BHRT at all? My tests say i am high on Progesterone & testosterone and my estriol is more than 10 but doesn’t say any more than that. I want a lab that gives more accuracy than that. Do you know which lab does? This is all very scary and confusing. Everyone says something, but how to know what is correct?

  • Karen says:

    Will being organized help with AFS? I’m worried that once I start, I’ll obsess about it! Thanks Dr. Lam!

    • Dr.Lam says:

      Interesting question. Some people do work better in chaos. you have to be in tune with your body and know how it works best. For most people, having an organized life tend to be a relief especially if your burden is heavy.

      Dr Lam