When our lives are unorganised, we are constantly shuffling to find what we are looking for. This is wasted time, and it causes people a tremendous amount of stress. This is not a good way to be at work, either. If your managers see you constantly wasting time by looking for your misplaced items, you are not going to get very far with your company. Here are some ways to improve your organisation:
1. Take Back Control of Your Life
When you take on organising your space, you will regain control of your life. You won’t be a slave to constantly searching for items or fumbling through papers within your desk. When you have control of your life, you reduce your stress as a result.
2. Get Your Important Tasks Completed First
While this may not seem like an organisational tip per se, if you have important tasks that you need to complete constantly weighing on you, it’s going to be hard to concentrate on anything else – it can stress and consume you. By getting your important tasks completed first, you will feel less stressed, and be better able to focus on secondary priorities.
3. Have a System and Stick with It
Take some time to learn about what organisation systems could work for you. Plenty of these exist on the web, and it’s simply a matter of trying it out and seeing what works. However, you have to give it a fair chance. You can’t just try something for a couple of days and then throw in the towel. Give it a month and work the system. Also, find colleagues and friends who are organised and ask how they do it.
4. Tidy Up Once Per Week
Whether at work or home or both, dedicate an hour or two each week towards finding a place for all of your belongings. This prevents building up clutter to the point where it’s completely unmanageable. By keeping to a weekly schedule, you will find that the clutter will not pile up that much. And if you have a mountain of clutter to work through, and feel completely overwhelmed? Try remembering the old saying “How does an ant eat an elephant? One bite at a time!”
5. Declutter Your Email
If you are getting hundreds of emails per day, it’s time to do something about it. Unless you plan on spending all of your time on emails, you’ll never get through them. Even if you had the luxury of only spending time on going through your emails, you still wouldn’t get through hundreds of them. Take some time to evaluate the senders and what they are sending. Determine what is worth keeping and ask to be removed from any email lists that you don’t need right now. You can always sign up again later if you miss it.
And a final bonus tip: Try getting organised in just one area of your life – maybe your email inbox, maybe the digital photos on your hard drive – once you build up momentum you will become a decluttering machine!