How To Get Organised And Stay That Way

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When you’re working nine to five, picking children up from school, bringing them to music lessons, collecting them, getting in a bit of exercise yourself and finally making dinner before collapsing onto the couch, it’s easy to let your life get disorganised. You don’t have the time to organise and de-clutter, you say, but devoting a little time to getting organised and getting a system in place can save you hours of wasted time in the long-run.

Deal With Your Backlog

Whether you work from home or at an office, there are sure to be bills and letters and other things to be dealt with scattered across your desk or even your kitchen counter. Start by working your way through these. Deal with everything you’ve been putting off so you can start with a blank slate. Once you have thoroughly de-cluttered your desk and your mind, you can put a system in place to avoid future backlogs.

Diaries and To-Do Lists

Consider investing in a diary if you don’t already have one. A diary allows you to record appointments and meetings, as well as to-do lists specific to each day. At the beginning of each day, compile a list of the things you have to get done and work through that list during the day, focusing your attention on one task at a time – if you’re trying to do eight things at once, you won’t get anything done properly. Don’t overload your to-do list with an unachievably long list of tasks. If you have a lot to do, decide on what gets priority and spread the tasks over a few days.

Time Wasting

Good time management is crucial for an organised life. Cut out drains on your time such as unnecessary chatting with colleagues or browsing the internet aimlessly. If you have to write an important document or do some other task which doesn’t require the internet, disconnect! The internet, although a wonderful resource, can be a big drain on our time and an easy form of procrastination, so turn it off when you’re not using it to remove the temptation.

The One-Minute Rule

Observing the One-Minute Rule is an easy way of preventing disorder from taking hold of your life: Don’t put off anything that will take you less than a minute. By making the One-Minute Rule part of your mind-set, you will find that small tasks won’t build up as they once did.

If you decide on a few unbreakable ‘rules’ for yourself, such as not letting bills and letters build up or making use of daily to-do lists, you’ll find that it isn’t as difficult as you thought to stay organised.

This is a guest post.  This article was written by life coach Sarah Trench on behalf of a lead provider of office equipment.

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