Unfortunately, organisation has never been something that has come naturally to me. I am forgetful, pretty absent minded and used to find myself leaving everything I needed to do until the last minute. It got to the point where I was continuously double booking things, forgetting my deadlines and just generally spending a ridiculous amount of time searching for important things. I had to get organised. I now believe I have perfected the art of implementing and maintaining organisation in my life.
Here are my top tips so that you can be more organised too.
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This is definitely the first step you should take before getting organised. That way you can rid yourself of stuff you don’t need rather than waste time going through things as you go along. I also find the process of decluttering pretty satisfying because I like the idea of only keeping things that are special/sentimental to me.
I usually ask myself these questions when in debate of whether to keep something:
- What purpose does this hold?
- Is this sentimental to me?
- Do I really need this?
Organise your space
You can’t work productively and feel organised in a messy space. A desk can get untidy very easily that’s why I love some draw organisation. You can get inserts for desk draws to separate bits of stationary as well as organisers that sit on top of your desk or shelves.
I’m pretty sure we’ve all had that annoying moment when we’ve wanted to find a specific document whether that be a phone bill, something work or finance related or an important receipt. Folders are great for keeping your important documents organised but still keeping them in one place.
I also love storage containers/boxes, especially stylish ones that fit nicely in wardrobes or in shelves. I would suggest getting the see through containers and ones that stack on top of eachother. These not only help with organisation but will leave you with more free space and give the room a cleaner feel.
Use a diary/planner
This is a must have for organisation! Because I am on my phone and laptop a lot for work, I like to have a hand written planner so I can always see it even when doing other things.
I find being able to see what I have going on written down in front of me means I can plan ahead, have time to prepare if necessary and just generally not double book/forget things. At the start of a new week I like to have a look at what I have going on and therefore how I can plan my time going forward.
Write to do – lists
I write to do/other lists in my diary so I can keep on track of what needs completing. With my lists, I find a great way of keeping on top of what I need to do is to list things in order of priority to ensure the more important things get done first.
I write my main to do list in the morning and then one in the evening which includes tasks I need to carry forward to the following day. Fun fact: I like to put tick boxes next to each task because I find it oddly satisfying to tick stuff off!
Back up digital documents / important things
This is incredibly important to do and the extent of the importance is often only realised when we find we are in the predicament of not being able to access the original documents for some reaon or another. Don’t make that mistake! IT’S NOT WORTH IT.
Just take the time to back your important stuff to a hard drive, Google Docs, Dropbox or whatever your chosen platform happens to be. It doesn’t take long and will definitely be worth it in the future, trust me. I try to back up as I go along however at the end of the month I tend to double check I have everything backed up.
Finally… Keep on top of it
Maintaining organisation takes constant effort however with practice and time it will become easier and a lifestyle habit! Nobody is perfect and you will find out what works for you as you go along.
Good luck, you’ve got this!
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