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3 Ways to get Organised

Published: 
Sunday, February 24, 2013

In today’s fast paced society, it is easy to lose track of things we have to get done. Being organised is a great skill to learn and it will help you to lower stress, save time and money, have a more productive and happier outlook on life and consequently also bring you closer to achieving your goals. Sometimes making the decision to get organised can be overwhelming as you start to think of everything that you have to do. It’s ok to take baby steps. The important thing is to just START. Here’s 3 easy ways for you to get started! 

 

 

Plan/Schedule your time: 
An efficient and reliable planning system is the number one strategy to better organise, prioritise and manage time. Make a to-do list and stick to it! Technology is your friend and you can utilise your virtual planner or calendar to add tasks as they come up and set reminders for things that need to get done. Benefits of planning or scheduling your time include, never missing appointments, remembering key dates, knowing where you need to be and when and structuring activities to eliminate wasted time.

 

 

De-clutter your space:
There is no such thing as organizing clutter. Tidying up is not the same as organising. Research has shown that the number one irritant is clutter. Do not hold on to things you think you might need someday. So pick one or two indulgences, such as books, shoes or music, and get rid of the rest. Try this: Get five boxes with the labels: Keep, Toss, Give away, Donate and Trash. You must be ruthless and avoid nostalgia! You must say no to junk. Remember to be patient and don’t get discouraged! De-cluttering takes time. 

 

 

Take control and Delegate: 
Taking control means making the choice to be organized, choosing a method and making the most of it. It also means learning to say “no” and setting boundaries for yourself. You must know your limits. It is better to decline the responsibility of sitting on a committee or picking up extra chores than to become overwhelmed and do a bad job. You must also learn to delegate. Delegating is not a sign of weakness. It is a great strategy. Remember that you can always start in baby steps. Just be sure to START. Try trusting people with simple tasks and when you are more comfortable, you can work your way up to trusting them with more critical tasks. When you learn to successfully delegate tasks you will find that it is easier to keep the stuff you cannot delegate better prioritised and organised.

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