Are you organised?
You know that feeling when you’ve just got everything together; you’ve scheduled your week, the house is clean and you have free time at the end of the day to relax because you have completed all of your to do’s? It’s a great feeling and all, but 9 times out of 10, this isn’t the case.
But who said it couldn’t be? If you’re ready to get organised, feel more relaxed and improve productivity, check out our 7 tips to feeling more organised!
What is ‘being organised?’
It’s one thing to think about getting organised, but it’s another to BE organised, and sometimes it can be hard ‘doing’ it. You may not know where to start or what tools to use, but not to worry, we’ve got you covered.
The first step is to start from the beginning. What does it mean to be organised?
Being organised can be any or all of the following points, and are not limited to:
- Being prepared for anything and everything
- Arriving at appointments and events on time
- Meeting deadlines
- Feeling less flustered and stressed
- Knowing that everything has a home, and you know where something is when you need it
Disclaimer: Everyone can be organised in different ways, there is no ‘one way’ to being organised, so you need to work out what methods and tips work best for you and your lifestyle.
Benefits of being organised:
Two major benefits of becoming organised are PRODUCTIVITY and Meeting Deadlines.
Productivity deserves uppercasing because it’s such an important factor! By keeping organised, you save time on trying to find missing things; like working out where you wrote down client details or appointment times. By freeing up this time, you allow yourself more time to work on important relevant tasks, which in turn, boosts your productivity each day.
Whether it be work deadlines or personal deadlines, when we are un-organised we tend to prioritise the wrong tasks and forget others. By knowing how to be organised you can ensure you meet all your deadlines or even achieve them early!
Other benefits include: saving time and money, fewer feelings of overwhelm and stress, as well as being able to spend more time doing the things you love!
So, here’s how we can incorporate small changes in our lives to be more organised!
Establish a routine:
Creating a routine, is essential to becoming a more organised person. It’s also a great idea to keep all actions in the same order, for example, a morning routine may look like; wake up, workout, shower, meditate, breakfast and brush teeth. By following these tasks in the same order each day, they start to become easier and you will begin to think less consciously about each task as they become habit and you will not have to rely on willpower.
Write a To-Do list:
Each day, write down all the things you have to do. A great tool you can use is Trello. Trello is a task management software that you can use to put all of your tasks and ideas into different boards; such as personal, business, family, etc. You can brain dump all of your to do’s straight into Trello then organise them accordingly.
Want to learn how to use Trello? Click here!
Use a calendar:
Keep track of appointments, birthdays, events and more with a digital calendar!
Some advantages of using a digital calendar are;
- They are easily accessible from different devices and are always synced and up to date
- You can schedule meetings and appointments and invite guests (so they can have it on their calendar too)
- You can set up reminders
- You can block out times in your day to increase your productivity
A great online calendar to use is Google Calendar, but you can use any software that you’re comfortable with. The importance of a calendar is to help us be more productive and help us prioritise.
Here’s a list of all the best digital calendars
Creating deadlines helps you ensure you do the tasks you want to complete as well as prioritise them. You don’t only have to set deadlines for business, deadlines can be used in your everyday life too; whether it be posting a birthday card before a certain date, or booking a doctor’s appointment before you go overseas. Setting deadlines keeps you organised and holds you accountable.
Take some time on your meal plan:
It’s helpful to have a meal plan and not to go shopping for food without an idea of what you’re going to eat during the week. It can get overwhelming going to a supermarket without a plan and this may lead to a lot of food wastage later on in the week; as you have food leftover without purpose.
By spending 5-10 minutes a day or even a little more if you’re planning a weeks’ worth of meals, you won’t have to worry about what you are going to eat each day.
Another tip is to prep your meals. You don’t have to meal prep every meal of the week, but even just prepping individual foods and storing them in containers in the fridge will save time and make cooking a lot easier after a long day at work.
Here’s a quick checklist:
Declutter your mind:
Keep a clear mind by keeping all of your notes and ideas stored in one place. We all lead busy lives, and sometimes we have a million things rushing through our heads; the best thing to do is to write it all down. But it’s one thing to write it down and another to keep and organise your notes. If you write down a thought, to-do or something important on a piece of paper and shove it at the bottom of your bag, it is very likely you will never see that piece of paper again and you may miss a deadline.
Use Google Keep or another note-keeping app. Google Keep is a note-taking service or ‘syncing notepad’ that you can use from different devices, for example, you can take a note down on your phone and go back to it later on your laptop, or vise versa. Think of it as a central place that you can save what’s on your mind. It’s perfect for safely keeping all of your notes in one place; you don’t have to worry about losing that piece of paper with important appointment details again!
The great thing about doing this is that you can clear your mind by emptying notes into an app like Google Keep, so you can focus on the task at hand, or even just relax.
Here are some tips on using google keep
Use a planner:
Whether it be a daily or weekly planner, seeing your day planned out can help reduce overwhelm and build structure in your everyday life.
After you have gone into Trello and brain dumped all of your to-dos, you can head on over to your planner and allocate time to complete each task. Make sure to check out your calendar as well for any relevant appointments and pop them into your planner as well.
Using a planner comes with other benefits such as time management, ensuring you don’t forget anything important and stress reduction due to an organised life.
As I said, organisation comes in different forms, and everybody works well with a different system. Try to implement some of these tips into your life and become more organised this year!