7 Ways You Can Become More Organised in Everything You Do
Having organisational skills can help you in many areas of your life — not just studying.
Being organised can help reduce stress, boost energy, increase motivation, improve time management, save you money, improve your health and your career prospects.
But if you are a ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ type of person, and find it difficult to plan ahead, then these tips are for you.
Have a Place For Everything
Whether it is your study, home office, kitchen or bedroom, knowing where things are will help you become more efficient. Research shows that a cluttered environment reduces your ability to focus and process information, so organise your space.
Put Things Back
It may be a no-brainer, but when you have used an item, make sure you put it back in its place! Otherwise, chaos will reign.
Use a Calendar, Schedule or Diary
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer the old-fashioned pen and paper diary, or the modern electronic schedule, but you need to diarise dates, events, appointments. How else will you remember when your assignment is due or when you’re supposed to have drinks with the girls?
Lists are great to keep you on track. Writing a ‘to-do’ list is an excellent way to get more out of your day. The best time to write it is the night before, or first thing in the morning. You may wish to break your list up into different sections (e.g. study, work, around the house, errands, etc.). And don’t forget to cross off things as you get them done, for that sense of accomplishment.
This can be tricky for some of us, but make a plan for your week before it begins. Draw up a weekly timetable of all the things that happen regularly (i.e. school drop off, weekly sport, grocery shopping, gym, lectures, etc.). Add to this any extra appointments, and identify your busy days.
To avoid ‘running out of time’ for the small but important tasks, set aside 15 minutes each day to pay the bills, make those phone calls, attend to the school notices and return those emails.
Create a Routine
Unless we have a housekeeper, we all have to make time for the household chores. Try to have a set day when you clean the house, or do the grocery shopping. To be even more organised, make a time to meal plan and write your shopping list, before you go shopping.
Becoming more organised may take time, particularly if it’s not a habit of yours. If this is the case, try to incorporate one tip at a time and master that before tackling the others. You may be surprised at the difference a small change can make.
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