When you’re having a busy day and it seems like you’re not getting anywhere, you’ve gotta take a step back, take a deep breath and just get organised. Sometimes you have to suffer in the short term to gain in the long term but, by getting your s**t together now, you can stop the cycle of swimming against the tide and letting it all get on top of you. I’m a massive geek when it comes to getting organised so I swear by these 5 tips and tricks, let’s get started!
Get Everything Out of Your Head
First things first, you’ve probably got waaaayyyy too much stuff going on in your head so to get started on your quest for organisation, you’ve gotta write everything down. Whether you like a digital document or good old fashioned pen and paper, brainstorm everything you need to do and jot down when you need to do it by. Nine times out of ten you won’t actually have as much on as you thought you did so you will instantly feel much better. You may have some pretty chunky projects that seem impossible at first glance and give you that daunting feeling, but all you’ve got to do is split it into bite-size chunks. A blog post, for example, could be split into smaller chunks; write post, edit post, take photos, edit photos, schedule, promote on social media. Your list may turn out longer but you will get to tick off the tasks and see progress a lot quicker. Which brings me nicely onto my next point…
Make a List
Those who know me will know, I love a good list. Yeah it’s said a lot and yeah you’ve probably heard it all before, but seriously, make that list and start ticking it off. The act of ticking off a task is so satisfying that I adopt lists everywhere. My shopping list, a meal plan list, a budget list, work lists – you name it, I’m ticking it off. You can start basic by having a task list and working through them day by day but if you want to get really adventurous, get a spreadsheet on the go. You might roll your eyes but colour coding your tasks and highlighting different stages of your to do list is a clear, visual way to see exactly what you have to do. Try colour coding them by task type or what day they need to be completed – once you start there’s no stopping you!
Go Digital With Your Calendar
Whether you are at home or at work, going digital with your calendar will make things so much easier when you’re juggling multiple priorities. Add every appointment and major deadline into your calendar and you can easily see what you have to do and when. And if things change, it’s easy to switch things around without getting into a mess crossing everything out. If you’re really forgetful, you can set reminders too which will give you a kick up the arse and remind you of all the important stuff.
Review Every so Often
Every thing changes and something that was uber important yesterday won’t necessarily be important tomorrow. Priorities change and the goal posts move so it’s important to look over your list (or fancy spreadsheet if you’re that way inclined) and take a look over what you have to do. Tweak any deadlines and add any new tasks that come in but whatever you do, don’t lose sight of what’s coming up.
The One Rule
Now this is more of a motivation tip than organisation but I’m adding it in anyway because it all helps right?! The one rule is the idea that you set yourself one task, just one, and forget about everything else. If you’re struggling to get motivated, just tell yourself you need to do that one task and then allow yourself to stop or take a break once you’re done. When you’ve finished your one task, chances are you’ll be in the right frame of mind to carry on. It’s all about tricking the brain, you see. You’ll soon tick off more of your to-do list and feel great while you’re at it too.
Some find being organised more difficult than others but I promise, once you start you won’t look back.
Please tell me your top organising hacks, tips or tools that you love and we can geek out together!