We all require different levels and types of organization to be at our most productive. We have to find a style of organization that improves our productivity without taking up too much of our time. Thankfully, there are a few easy steps we can take to get us started and figure out what works best for us:
Start the day off right
The simplest way to get yourself into an organized and productive mode is to find a simple way to start yourself off. Something as simple as making the bed and making sure your dishes are put away after breakfast will give you satisfaction of a job completed and encourage you to continue the rest of the day in that same way. It is much easier to work in a clean environment than a messy, disorganized one.
Make a list
This is the most common piece of advice we all get when trying to get organized, and it truly works. It doesn’t have to start off as the most detailed of lists, just a brief overview of things you need/want to get done. Once you’ve taken this step, sort your list into what’s most important so you can get the most pressing and time sensitive items done first. Now that you’ve written it all down, sorted it, and you know when your deadlines are, you are much less likely to forget or complete things late.
Keep your things in the same place
Even if your system of storing or keeping your things “organized” doesn’t make sense to anyone else, the important thing is that you are able to maintain your system and repeat it so things don’t get lost or misplaced. Working from home, as many of us have been, has forced us to find different ways to separate our work and personal lives. We can’t just leave the office and our work behind anymore; we now have to find a way to leave work behind at home as well. The best way to do this is to pack your work materials away every evening, where practical, to help you feel like you’ve fully finished for the day.
Organization is in the eye of the beholder. We each need our own system to be our most productive and least stressed out selves – making the above changes to our routine can be a great way of figuring this out.