Staying organised is not for wimps! It takes daily action to keep on top of everything in your life and in order to maintain the order you created when you got organised in the first place. In order to cultivate healthy habits you have to put the work in. Here are some of the things I do to stay organised at home and at work.
- Get up early if you have a busy day ahead and utilise your morning productivity
- Give everything its own place in your home and put it away after you’ve finished using it.
- Forget a to-do list, they just cause stress. Instead use a diary/calendar and write your to-do’s and appointments in the days you can actually do them. Plan ahead and tackle each day as it comes. There’s nothing more overwhelming than a long to do list reminding you every day how much you need to accomplish. Spread that stuff out.
- Prepare a dinner plan for the week on a Sunday night & make sure you have all the ingredients you’ll need.
- Pay all the bills you can by direct debit and set them up for a few days after pay day.
- Purge your fridge & food cupboards and take stock of what you have and need before you do your next food shop.
- Use the calendar in your email to keep track of to-do’s and add reminders to give you a heads up in advance if something particularly important is due and when.
- Keep an A5 notebook for notes or recording important parts of conversations.
- Create folders in your work email and file emails accordingly once they have been actioned. This will also help keep your inbox clear.
- Try to avoid keeping paper files and scan important documents instead. They are easier to search and take up less space.
- Keep a clear desk policy by clearing it of clutter and papers every night before you finish for the day.
- Also spend some time on a Friday tidying your drawers & cupboard of any unnecessary mess. I also make sure I wash my work mug up and store it away ready for Monday morning when I return.
- When you replace toner in your printer immediately order or send the request to purchase replacements. This means you are not caught out when it runs out in future.