Do you get organised and then find everything just goes back to the way it used to be? This is because you’re struggling to get into the mindset of an organised person. It is more than just putting your desk in order. You need to focus on changing your habits, so that you remain organised all the time. Here are some tips to help.
Make Lists on a Daily Basis
Spend the first five minutes of your day thinking about what you need to do. It could be the grocery shop and tidying the home, or you may need to do things for work. It doesn’t matter what you do or who you are, lists are the best thing to keep you organised. Work on the first thing on your list and then cross it off once it’s completed. Then you can move onto the next thing.
Keep Your Diary to Hand
Put everything that you need to do in your diary. It could be on your computer, on your phone or a physical diary.
By having everything written down, with timings, you can double check during the morning and see what you have planned and need to work around. You can also look at the month ahead and see if there is anything you need to be prepared for.
You can set up your computer and phone diaries to alert you when you need to do something. These can be set up to go off at the time of the appointment, or a few hours beforehand.
They can also be set to go off days before to make sure you remember. There are different types of alerts, such as text message ones, email ones, or your alarm going off.
Have a Wall Calendar Up
While a day-to-day diary is a good idea, you also want something that you can check at a glance. A wall calendar is perfect for this.
You could get one that shows you the month by view, or you may want to get one that shows the whole year. You then write on the calendar when you have something but keep the details in your day-to-day diary.
Use Sticky Notes
You could put one on your computer monitor to remind you of something daily or keep them in books to mark pages without damaging them. Keep your notes concise and try not to use too many to help you remain organised.
Keep Everything Clean
Finally, make sure you clean up at the end of the day. By keeping your work and living spaces clear, you will be able to find everything.
It stops your drawers from becoming disorganised in the future. It is also harder to lose things when you have them in the same place all the time and get rid of the mess at the end of each day.