Staying organized goes beyond labeling and using your calendar. There is a clear correlation between staying organized and being productive. Creating a daily routine is only part of the struggle, you need to have an organizing system in place to make achieving challenging tasks possible. Making sure your organization system is in check will help improve time management, relieve stress, and help you achieve your goals.
Keep reading to learn how to improve your organization skills.
Purge your belongings – get rid of anything you don’t need or use
Your first step needs to be a deep clean. You want to start with a clean slate, so get rid of anything you don’t need. You also want to make sure all of your surfaces are clean. Starting off like this will make the organizing process so much easier.
Create a designated space for everything
Once you get rid of all of the clutter, you can start to see where you might put everything. Start figuring out where everything will go before you start the next steps. Going into this with a game plan will help you avoid frustration and get this done quickly!
Invest in organizers and containers that make it easy to keep things tidy
People’s brains work differently, so pick the containers, folders, and tools that you like and think will make this process easiest for you. I personally
Create a filing system that you will actually use
A big reason why systems and procedures get ignored (besides pure laziness) is because of time. You want to make sure that your procedures and systems are efficient, and sometimes that means you will have to adjust them and fix them as time goes on. This applies to organizing as well. Don’t forget that you can always update your systems and organization methods, this is all about what works best for you.
Label everything so you don’t have to guess what’s inside each container or basket
Investing in a label maker is a game-changer for organizing. Label everything, use containers, baskets, folders, binders, anything that you can’t immediately see what’s inside should be labeled.
Keep a calendar or planner handy so you can stay organized day-to-day
I’m a strong believer in paper and digital calendars, but I use them separately. I don’t put everything on my paper calendar, but everything goes on my phone calendar. I’ve even created a color code system on my phone email to make finding events easier.
I have my work email and my personal email set up with their individual calendars and specific colors for different types of events. I can quickly find events and see what I have on my schedule. If I see blue I know I have a training call, if I see red I know I have an important deadline.
Develop a routine and stick to it
Being consistent is the only way this work. Once you continuously use your systems and routines, they will be fully efficient. Once you start staying organized you might see improvements in your work and you might experience less work-related stress.
Stay positive and motivated
If things start to get cluttered again, don’t be hard on yourself. Things happen, if you get off track or things get messy, just clean up and start again.
It might also be helpful to fill your life with like-minded people. There are plenty of organizing accounts on social media to follow, books to read, and friends to make with similar goals.