Being an organised person is defined as someone who “plans their work and activities efficiently.”
Sounds easy enough right? Not always.
Life gets in the way, there’s one thing to do after another and it can get a bit much at times – we have all been there.
This post discusses different ways in which an individual can help keep themselves organised.
Whether it is being organised at home, at work, at school or at university. Being organised has a positive impact on ones health and well-being.
Beaumont speaks more about this, highlighting the various health benefits including;
- Stress relief;
- Improved sleep;
- Having more time for ‘self care’;
- Eating healthier.
So now you’re wondering, how can I get organised and reap ALL these benefits?
A clear uncluttered working space equals clear headspace. Coming home to a messy house at the end of a long day too can be stressful.
Ensure your space is clear and practical, you have everything you need but not the tools you don’t.
In the workplace, no doubt we all have ‘that drawer’ (usually the top one). Filled with scrap pieces of paper, probably an old training certificate and about 3 pens that do not work.
Same with the house from the miscellaneous kitchen utensils to the clothing you have in your wardrobe and haven’t worn since 2015.
Think to yourself do I need it? If the answer is yes, then think where best should it be kept? If the answer is no, then think where can I recycle or donate this?
Have The Resources
There is nothing more stressful that not having the resources you need to get you through the day.
There are many aids which can be used to help keep an individual organised, the most obvious being a diary, pens, paper, even a phone nowadays. Ensure you have all the tools you need to help get you through whether this is at your desk, or in your bag for when you are out and about in need of them.
Don’t forget to resource or reuse what you have. For example, wallspace. Yes we don’t want our walls to become too cluttered that our minds do not rest, but you could use your wallspace effectively to help keep you organised.
Hang a calendar for the year, or even having your most used contact numbers on print can make things just a little easier rather than searching for these frantically. Also recycle, if anything can be re-used do it. (It is good for the environment too!)
Get Rid Of The To-Do Lists
To-do lists can be a burden and result in becoming a stressor to the situation. Instead, list your priorities and give yourself a realistic time frame to get each one done.
Set yourself SMART goals –
Time bound goals.
Planners & diaries can be purchased to help with prioritising if this is something you struggle with, for example The Productivity Planner.
Its also important to remember to take a break between each goal, target or task completed.
We’re going back to basics here. Working or studying in a stressful environment can cause individuals to skip meals, or opt for something unhealthy. There is also research which highlights that poor nutirition has a negative impact on productivity.
To avoid this, it is important to get organised with food. Simple lifestyle changes to ensure you eat healthier can include preparing meals for the week, using a slow cooker, not skipping breakfast and ensuring you eat more fruit and vegetables.
In need of some inspiration? You should read ‘How to get your 5 a day‘.
Book It In The Diary
You simply won’t get organised if you don’t find the time to do so.
Book in a “weekly check”, “weekly prep”, whatever you want to call it in your diary at the end of each week. Half an hour or so, even more if you need it.
During this time you can gather the materials you need for that monday morning meeting or maybe finish off something on your priorities list. This can help ensure you have everything you need completed for the week, and anything else you need for the next. Making this a routine can help maintain an organised lifestyle long term.
So there it is, some simple lifestyle changes that can help keep you organised in whatever area of your life you may need it. If you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them!