“For every minute spent organising, an hour is earned” – anonymous
Get organised:10 habits of well organised people
Let’s face it, most of us aren’t born organised and those that have become well organised people usually did so through creating and cultivating healthy habits which then help them to stay organised.
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Here are 10 essential habits they use to keep their lives in order:
- Write Stuff Down
We all have that one friend that remembers everybody’s birthday or anniversary. They don’t have super human memory skills they likely wrote it down. Writing things down is our way of remembering things externally and it’s much more lasting. You can also use a smartphone or computer. Don’t rely on your “amazing” memory to keep track of everything. It’s way too much pressure to remember everyone’s birthday, what groceries you need or the 6000 passwords you’ve collected. Just write it down..
- Set Goals with deadlines and schedule to suit
Organised people don’t waste time, they make the best use of time that is given to them. Set up daily/weekly schedules with deadlines it helps to break down the larger goal into smaller goals and schedule what you’re going to do to reach those goals, and stick to it!
- Don’t procrastinate
Easier said than done I know, and right now you might be thinking “I’ll read this tomorrow”, but that is procrastination and is the killer of production. The longer you wait to do something the harder it’s going to be to do it. If you want less stress, get in and get organised now and it will make it much easier for you later.
- A place for everything and everything in its place
It’s easy to get lost if you don’t have a home, right? Designated spots for everything and make easy access storage spaces for things you use regularly. Organised people keep order by storing things properly and labelling storage spaces. BUT do NOT get a storage box and name it “the whatever box”!
- De-clutter often
Find time every week to organise. Stuff does not stay organised on its own. Organised people make time to organise their things. And only keep the things they really need. An oversupply of useless knick knacks leads to clutter which leads to disorganisation.
- Avoid the bargain bin
We’ve all been there, those hectic sales that see you buying a 70’s pink garden flamingo because it was cheap and thinking ‘I’ll find a use for it I’m sure’. No you won’t, you really won’t. Instead of bargain shopping without planning, try writing down everything you need and stick to it. Organised people don’t give in to false advertising. Sale items will usually only produce more clutter.
- Delegate. Delegate.
Really organised people are busy but they’re not completely overwhelmed and have an oversupply of responsibilities. Stick to what you’re good at and if you can then delegate the rest. This is a great stress buster if you feel like you always have so much to do.
- Work hard
Once you’ve delegated and organised your schedule, get into it and keep at it until it’s done, and then move onto the next task and do the same. Staying organised is not a walk in the park and something you have to put effort into continuing.
- The first 15mins
Dedicated the first 15 minutes of arriving to work or after having a coffee every single day to solely getting organised for the day. Prepare, lists, use your planner, schedule a plan for the day and what jobs you can get someone else to do.
- Offer yourself a reward
If you’re finding it difficult to stay organised, try offering yourself a reward. For instance, if you complete four things on your to-do list, reward yourself with a cup of coffee, or with 10 minutes of free time to surf the web.
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