Staying organized is a great way to make sure that you eliminate unwanted surprises in your daily life. Knowing how and when you need to handle each task you have in a day helps eliminate stress.
However, many people find it challenging to stay organized. Often, we have not been taught effective organization techniques that are sustainable and adaptable to any situation.
Here are some tips that will help you to stay organized at all times so that you live stress-free.
Create a to-do list so that you are organized enough throughout the day. Making to-do lists will help you understand exactly what you need to and when you need to do it. Doing this will allow you to feel less stressed.
If you make to-do lists for each task you need to do, you will eliminate stress and promote organization because you will plan for your day.
Stack With Purpose
Once you have made your to-do list ensure that you stack the paperwork on your desk so that you can complete each task on your to-do list in order, have the most significant tasks on the top and the smaller tasks on the bottom.
Doing this will allow you to gauge how much work you have to do at any given time and know which tasks will take up the most of your time and which tasks can wait until another day.
Carrying a notepad and a pen around with you is an excellent way to stay organized as you can jot ideas or tasks down as you think of them. Doing this will ensure that you don’t need to remember every thought you had throughout the day because you will have written it down.
Having your thoughts and tasks written down will allow you to feel less stressed and much more organized because you will have everything in black and white. You could also write these things down on post-it notes and stick them to your windows or computer screen.
A Place For Everything
You’re probably getting flashbacks of your grandmother right now, but having a place for everything and everything being in its place is an excellent way to make sure that you are more organized.
We’re not just talking about your socks and underwear having a specific drawer, but rather your receipts, your insurance papers, and your ID documents. In this way, everything is easily accessible.
Break It Up
I don’t know about you, but any time I see a stack of papers on my desk, I feel extremely overwhelmed and then want to take a nap instead of doing any of the work that I have to do.
However, if you break your tasks up throughout the day, you will feel more in control of all of it. Break your tasks up into before lunch and after lunch tasks, with the most important coming first and then the least important tasks waiting for the end of the day.
Plan Your Dress
For a lot of people, simply getting up and dressed in the morning is a monumental task. For this reason, you should plan what you will wear the night before so that you eliminate some of the guesswork in the morning.
You could even go a step further and loosely plan your outfits for the week on a Sunday. You can then simply add or remove layers from the outfit according to the weather and your mood on the day.
We all know that clutter leads to chaotic energy and that you should try your best always to declutter your space. Doing this will ensure that you have much more space for your more important tasks.
Having a desk filled with old receipts and a dentist’s appointment reminder card from 2009 is probably not conducive to a good working environment. Your desk should be clean and clear at all times (take a look at your handbag while you’re at it!)
If you work in a team, you might know the frustration of feeling like you have to take everything on because you don’t feel like anybody else can do it as well as you. The truth is, you can safely delegate tasks to other team members.
Everyone has a different working style, and that might be why you feel like nobody can carry out tasks in the way you can, but they have been chosen for their roles because they are qualified, and you should delegate some tasks to others you feel less frazzled.
Stick To Routine
As children, we thrived on a routine, and as we get older, we tend to allow our routines to start slipping. However, it is essential to remember that you need to stick to a routine even as an adult.
Having a routine will help you stay organized because you will not have to guess what will happen next in your day. You will begin to live your day subconsciously, moving through your routine, and you will not be stressed.
Find Your Pattern
Knowing what sets off your disorganization is a helpful tool in understanding how to stay organized. Finding the holes in your day when everything flies into a tailspin will help you remedy that moment.
It could be the night before you start work when you are frantically trying to catch up on last week’s work, or it could be the fact that you never leave your cell phone in the same place and are always searching for it. Find your pattern and remedy it so that you can live a more organized life.