“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” — Benjamin Franklin
You have decided it is time for a change. Maybe you are often late, maybe your desk is messy or maybe you keep forgetting important things... whatever it is, you now want to make your life easier and get organised. So, how can you do that?
Organising your ideas, your actions and your environment allows you to become more motivated and more efficient.
Putting your head in order or putting your house in order is the same thing.
Being organised is all about sorting your priorities and focusing on the essential. Being organised is not an innate quality, it can be learned and more importantly maintained.
Organising our daily life and planning our free time to make it as productive as possible are two goals of all organised people.
Some of the benefits of a more structured daily life are time savings and happiness.
Being organised leads to immeasurable time savings. Rather than wasting time wondering what you are going to do with your day, getting organised allows you to structure your day or week and achieve things faster.
For example, what about starting every day with a list of tasks you would like to do and complete. Or rather than spending hours looking for the paper you need, why don’t you take an afternoon to tidy up your desk completely and file your papers and tools?
Generally, being more organised and having a clear head will allow you to do more on a daily basis, achieve your goals more efficiently, leading you to living a happier life.
Organisation is one of the keys of success
There are severals tools that can help you get better organised.
Your agenda allows you to take notes of your appointments, your scheduled calls, your outings... It's a great way to get a clear view of your days and not miss a thing.
What we find useful for example is to take some time on the weekend (why not on Sunday morning for example?) or as a first thing on Monday morning to think about what you have to do in the following week, what your goals are and which tasks you would like to accomplish. Then, review on a daily basis and assess how you’re getting on with your 'to do' list.
TO DO LIST
This tool helps you keep track on everything you have to do: call this new prospect, clean your room, tidy up your desk... As you go about completing a task, you can tick it off your list once done (how satisfying!).
Procrastinating is something we all do and that we should try to avoid. The more we postpone to tomorrow, the less likely we are to actually accomplish that task. Leading us to more things to do and ultimately discouragement. Try to think about the benefits of doing that task now instead of tomorrow and also the pleasure you will gain from writing it off your list.
BULLET JOURNAL (BUJO)
This tool is great as it combines organisation and creativity.
You can create your diary as you like.
Indeed, you can incorporate the categories you feel are relevant to you: to do list, mood tracker, meal planner, tons of lists according to your desires (travels, movies, food...).
There are many ideas on Pinterest and it's such a pleasure to add all the categories that matters to you.
These three tools are a good start if you want to do more with your life. There are also many others things you could do and the first step is simply to want a change.
“Once you have a clear picture of your priorities – that is your values, goals and high leverage activities, organize around them.” - Stephen Covey
And if you are skeptical about getting organised, this is how your life could improve:
⬦ Achieve more in less time
⬦ Calm your nerves and gain a sense of control
⬦ Spend more time on what is really important to you
⬦ No longer feel so overwhelmed
⬦ Boost your energy
⬦ Increase productivity
So, what would be your actions from today in order to achieve more and become more organised?