This blog is for people who are a little bit less well organised than they’d like to be. The good news is, the year is still young enough to take yourself in hand and get organised. To that end, I’ve got seven short suggestions to help you out.
- Get a routine. In my grandmother’s day, Mondays were for washing, Tuesdays for ironing and so on. Routines mean you don’t need to continually make routine decisions. They give you a default–something to swing straight into without wasting time wondering what to do.
- Organise your emails, favourite websites, word documents and so on into well-named folders so you don’t waste time searching for information when you need it.
- Love lists. When you write down what you want to do (your ‘To do’ list), it’s easier to organise all your jobs into groups of similar activities and do them together, saving your brain manically switching from phone mode to read mode to write mode… For recurring activities, make a checklist template to use every time.
- Get your ducks in an even straighter row by gathering everything you need before starting a job. That makes it much easier and faster to finish.
- Become a neat freak. When you’re surrounded by clutter, your mind gets cluttered too, and doesn’t function as efficiently. Have a place for everything and put everything in its place as soon as you’ve finished with it. No more time and energy wasted searching for something that’s ‘right here … somewhere …’
- Follow through and follow up. When you promise to do something, note it down and transfer it to your calendar, ‘To do’ list, a notes app or whatever you use for your reminders. This means you honour your commitments and wins you applause.
- Speaking of reminders: Have either a list of important events like birthdays and anniversaries in an obvious place like your address book or, better still, on your computer or smart phone and schedule automatic reminders. More applause.
All easy to do, right? Some may take a bit of time (but not much) to set up but truly, it’s time well spent.