10 Ways to Stay Organized

Keeping organized despite busy or crazy schedules is key to increasing productivity at work or home.

By keeping organized, you will save more time looking for things – ideas jotted down, notes etc. It also helps communication between team mates at work.

Listed below are 10 tips on how to become more organized

  1. Create a to-do list

Always create a to-do-list at the beginning of every day. This will help in setting your priorities for you and helps you remember. This way, you are not relying on yourself to remember which will sometimes lead to forgetting of a crucial task to perform. According to David W. Ballard, the assistant executive director for the American Psychological Association in an article for the Huffington Post, he mentioned that “we spend a lot of mental energy trying to keep track of all the things we need to get done that week – just write it down”.

2. Don’t be afraid to declutter

Keep unnecessary clutter down to a minimum. Many a times we feel we need “everything”. Not true – some unnecessary stuff needs to go, be shredded, emptied etc. Look around and start with items you have not used in a while. Don’t pack them aside to sort later. Do it NOW!

3. Keep a Notepad handy

Always keep a jotter or notepad and pen handy. This helps you to keep track and make notes. You can also use an electronic notepad such as the ones on smartphones, tabs, iPad etc. The idea is just keeping notes instead of mentally.

4. Devote some time for organization daily

Spend about 10 minutes daily to organize activities. Clear up tasks completed the previous day. Organize your desk, go around the house or office and make sure things are in order. According to Toni Hammersley at HGTV,

 “Store all your office supplies in containers, drawers, baskets and bins. Putting all these supplies out of sight will give your office a decluttered look”. So, run to Target or The Container Store for cute decorative bins, containers and baskets.

5. Break up tasks

Do what works for you best. Some people prefer handling tough tasks in the morning for example handling emails, writing out blogs, writing your book etc. In the afternoon they may prefer going for meetings, doing lighter tasks. The idea is to break up tasks and set timelines. Do not muddle up everything together as you would become overwhelmed.

6. There should be a time for everything

There should be a time to do your tasks. Itemize and then prioritize what you would like to do in a day. Set a time for every task and you should also set a time aside for breaks – stretch, tea, lunch etc.

7. Wake up a little earlier

Waking up a little earlier could go a long way in setting the day straight. It gives you some more time in getting ahead of the day.

8. Make your bed as soon as you wake up

This is a sign of starting an organized life in a day. It may sound very trivial to lay your bed as soon as you get up in the morning but it shows you are person of order. The sight of a neatly made bed and surrounding can make you feel orderly and you are ready to face the day – come what may.

9. Plan ahead

Plan the new week ahead. Where you would go, the meetings you intend to have, kids extra-curricular, church activities etc. Go through your monthly planner to see what you have scheduled for the new week. This will help lower surprises or forgotten tasks. Having a weekly look ahead is way to go.

10. Don’t let things pile up. Put away completed jobs or projects when finished.

Put everything away once you are done with a task. Remember to put things away in their original positions or containers so that you don’t start looking for these items when next you would need them. This goes a long way in helping you stay organized. Take some time to sort.

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