There are three different ways your body takes in information and learns. You can learn by doing (kinesthetically), by hearing (aurally) or by seeing (visually). When you are trying to teach yourself new organizing habits, think about the way you learn and develop your attack plan based on your learning style.
For instance, if you're kinesthetic and learn best by doing something, try to work new repetitive, organizing related tasks into your day. Place your key on the key hook every time you come in the door. Put your purse back on the same shelf each time. Hang your coat up when you come in the house. By giving yourself small organizing goals you can teach and retrain yourself to act more organized in your daily routine.
For the aural learners, you may benefit from using voice reminder apps to record and listen to the things you need to do. Check out Evernote (available for iPhone, Android, or the web) or VoCal (for iPhone). These apps provide a way for you to record and schedule reminders. And what could be more motivating than hearing yourself say "Don't forget to pay your mortgage!" Both hearing your voice as you record the memo and hearing the reminder playback will help to cement the importance of completing the task.
For visual learners, consider creating a message center in a centralized location in your home. Include a calendar, daily to-do list, chore chart, etc. Anything that you want to be reminded to do when you SEE it. Carry a pocket sized notebook around to write down ideas that pop in your head, tasks you need to complete or items on your grocery list. When you see what you need to do, you're more likely to remember to do it.
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In honor of the school year beginning, I will be exploring the ABC's of Organizing until the end of September. Check back daily to find out more!