We all know the feeling of looking for something in an endless pile of chaos and not finding it, or feeling that the 24 hours in a day are way less than we actually need to get our life in order.
In a world of constant chaos, organisation is the key to calmness.
If you’re also looking for tips to stay more organised, this list is for you! Here are 7 small ways to get more organised:
- To-do Lists
- Write Down Small Tasks
- Declutter Your Digital Devices
- Categorise By Folder
- Do One Thing at a Time
- Use Your Time Wisely
- Focus on Staying Organised
Let’s start with the obvious. Whenever we hear the word organisation, a to-do list instantly comes to our mind.
The best way to keep track of what you've accomplished is to keep a to-do list and check things off as you finish them. This will help you stay on top of tasks and also make you feel accomplished when you check off a completed activity.
You can choose a medium of your choice- opt for a simple pen and paper or an app like Minimalist or To-do.
Write Down Small Tasks
Just making to-do lists isn’t enough, it’s important to use them to your advantage. One of the best ways you can do this is to write down small tasks. If you are handling one big project or task, break it up into small but actionable tasks that would not only make it easier to navigate the to-do list but would also help you celebrate the small wins.
Declutter your Digital Devices
In a world of massive storage, and numerous devices, one thing we all face is digital clutter. The WhatsApp forwards we thought we’ll delete or the endless work files that are no longer needed keep piling up and make our devices and in turn our work, unorganised.
To start Decluttering your Digital Device:
- Schedule a time at the end of the day or one day of the week to delete everything not required
- Delete unnecessary copies of pictures or files right away
- Unsubscribe from any emails or texts you no longer wish to receive. If you do it as you get messages, you'll be less hassled without having to conduct a massive inbox clean-up.
- Create folders. This brings us to the next point
Categorise By Folders
While categorising and putting things in boxes might not work for humans, they magically work for things. Be it physical binders that have all your important documents or properly named folders sitting on your laptop, folders help you be more organized. Name every file and document properly and stack up in relevant folders so that you can find everything easily.
Do One Thing At a Time
We all know the feeling of the clock ticking and having a lot on our plate so much so that we keep jumping from one task to another. However, juggling two things at once is a sure shot way of doing both miserably and taking more time. Multitasking has its drawbacks, and one of them is the constant sensation of uneasiness that occurs wheen we split our focus.
You won't have enough working memory to come up with innovative ideas and thoughts if you spend your time juggling too many things.
So, instead of trying to do everything at once, prioritise in advance and focus on one thing at a time.
Use Your Time Wisely
Even when we try to value our time and schedule things accordingly, we tend to waste the 10-15 minutes before and after a meeting, session or anything, in scrolling through our phone or just sitting idle. The waiting minutes are often the most wasted. This is not to say that you don’t take small breaks, you definitely should. But it’s important to try to use the 10-15 spare minutes when you’re waiting for something instead of, well, waiting.
Focus on Staying Organised
Think of sustainable things that you’ll actually be able to implement. We all tend to get ambitious on the one random day we get motivated to organise our things. But organisation requires commitment so make sure you focus on tips and strategies that you’ll actually be able to stay consistent with.