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21 quick ways to organise your life

The art of organisation is a skill that you can employ to make your working life and your personal life run more smoothly. By using these 21 tips and tricks you can get your bills, your home and your schedule into order. It might take more than one day but once you set some systems into place you will reap the rewards of having an organised life. Let’s begin!

1.      Take everything out of your bag when you get home

A great trick, this is a good habit to get into. Re-set your life every day by taking everything out of your bag and putting things away where they belong. It will save you time the next morning.

2.      Sort everything into piles

A really good way to do things quickly is to sort like-objects together. All bills go into one pile, everything that belongs into your wallet in another. Things to go into the washing basket should go in another place.

3.      Have places for everything

Organised people have a place for everything. By putting your keys, your wallet and other items such as headphones, umbrella and notepad in their places you can make more efficient use of the time you have.

4.      Learn to put things back in their places

The system will not work unless you use it! Take an extra five minutes out of your day to put things where they belong. Don’t let objects accumulate. Deal with problems as they arise.

5.      Use a calendar

Organised people use calendars. Smartphones and tablets contain virtual ones now which can sync with other devices but many people prefer old-fashioned hard-copy calendars which they can scribble on and make notes.

6.      Make lists and check things off

Lists can be a great way to sort important information from not-so-important tasks. Learn to make lists, use them and get the satisfaction of crossing off items as you go.

7.      Set yourself alarms

Again, modern technology has made this easier as many smartphones allow you to set multiple alarms, even using different tones to remind you what they are for and their level of urgency.

8.      Set calendar alerts

You can set these in Microsoft’s Outlook and on your smartphone too. These can be very useful for reminding you of small things, such as “don’t forget to call manager A,” or even, “remember to take your gym gear and laptop.”

9.      Learn to prioritise tasks

No one can do everything all at once. Truly organised people have the ability to prioritise tasks and make sure they do the important ones first, leaving time for the less important tasks later.

10.   Learn to delegate

Again, many of the most organised people find more time in their days by learning to delegate. Think of tasks that you can get others to help you to do. Research has shown that often people are more willing to help out then we give them credit for.

11.   Have a place to put rubbish in all main areas

Having a bin or waste paper basket in every room (including the bathroom) can be a great way to keep rubbish at bay. Go to a discount store and buy some little plastic bins and empty them routinely on the same day each week.

12.   Keep things near the areas you need them

Keep your socks near your shoes. Keep your gym gear together, trainers included. Keep your dishwashing liquid right near the sink and your vacuum near the biggest area of carpet. Pens, office stuff and bills can all be kept near your desktop or laptop.

13.   Colour coding might work for you

If you’re a visual person then colour-coding might be a great strategy to employ. There are people who colour-code their folders with ‘today, tomorrow, urgent, for later’ or a similar system. You might want to put stickers onto drawers or colour code lists with different highlighters.

14.   Do difficult tasks first

Every now and then, we all find reasons to procrastinate. When tackling your ‘to do’ list, it can help to get rid of the most pressing and difficult tasks first, that way if you get stuck on them, you have time to re-prioritise your tasks.

15.   Be punctual and use your clock

Truly organised people are always on time. Often the best way to do this is to be a ‘time realist’ not a ‘time optimist’. Being early for something is better than being late as you can always grab a coffee or do something else for 15 minutes if your arrive before time. Factor in delays such as traffic and parking or getting lost.

16.   Allocate appropriate time to tasks

Give yourself more time than you need to make sure you get everything done. If you think you’ll need to spend half an hour on the phone to someone sorting things out, factor in 45 minutes or one hour to give yourself breathing room.

17.   Under-promise and over-deliver

There is nothing worse than working with someone who continually misses deadlines. Really take the time to consider what you can deliver and promise less and deliver more to your clients. This will increase their confidence in you.

18.   Tackle one project a week

For tasks that you have been finding really daunting, plan to tackle just one a week. This could be finishing that major report for TAFE, detailing your car or cleaning out your clothes cupboard. Set moderate goals but commit to tackling them one at a time.

 19.   Keep your keys, wallet and smartphone in the same spot

A really great trick, some people put a large bowl right near the door where they place things they use every day like their keys, sunglasses and wallet. Even if all these items have to be in different rooms, make sure that they all go to the same place in that room every day.

20.   Get advice

Is there something you just can’t seem to organise or get done? Find someone who has already done it and ask them to give you advice. Often people have great knowledge at their disposal and are all too willing to assist you if you just ask. This could be with anything from helping you to write a resume or assisting you with changing a fuse in your fuse box. No one knows everything!

21.   Start today and don’t procrastinate

The most important thing about being organised is learning not to procrastinate. Everyone procrastinates sometimes and by gaining the self discipline to get things done in a timely fashion you really are developing an essential life skill. Use these 21 ways to get organised to set your life into motion. But do it today – not tomorrow!

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2 thoughts on “21 quick ways to organise your life

  1. Love this article! I’m madly trying to get more organised at the moment. One thing I’m trialling is writing myself an email to remind me where I’m up to with a particular errand – e.g. “Filed tax return today – keep an eye out for refund and pay accountant.” Or “Got car serviced – make sure you replace tyres before next rego check.” I’ll let you know how it goes!

    • That’s a great suggestion, Gabrioli.

      Thanks so much for your suggestion. I am forever leaving myself cryptic notes that I forget the meaning of, for example, “Call the pie about breaking out” and then “Remember to put carrots on Flash D!”

      If you know what either of those notes mean, please let me know.

      thanks again for your comment.

      —A

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