Really organised people aren’t born organised; they have had to cultivate healthy habits which help them to stay organised. So, if you think that you are an organised person…Good news! You can become even more organised than you dreamed possible!
Successful people are productive people. How do they achieve this? They stay organised. When people think of being organised, you think of multiple planners, colour coded charts, sticky notes etc. However, there are small changes that you can make in your daily or weekly habits that can help you to create a more organised life.
Improving organisation in all areas of your life can improve your levels of productivity to enable you to be more successful. Here are 12 small habits that you can start practising to become a more organised person:
1. Automate Your Bills And Savings
Being on top of your bills can help you to feel more organised. Automating all your bills will allow you to pay all of your bills on time as well as doing the same for your savings. Money can be a common stress and so automating all your bills and your savings will ensure that your finances are organised. This action takes a little effort, but will save you a great deal of time.
2. Declutter Your Workspace
Regularly decluttering your workspace or your desk can help you to be really organised when you are working. Having a clear space will limit your distractions and increase your productivity. I don’t know about you, but I cannot focus on a task if I am surrounded by clutter. Making a point of tidying your desk or workspace either every morning or evening will help you to keep a clean and organised space. You’ll achieve more goals and complete all your tasks in less time.
3. Unsubscribe From Unwanted Emails
There is something frustrating about having an unwanted amount of emails that clutter up your inboxes as it could mean that you miss important emails or notifications. Taking the time to unsubscribe can save you time in the longer term as deleting and unsubscribing allows you to have clutter-free and organised email accounts.
4. Having A Life Admin Day
This means that you block out a full day (or morning/evening) to tackle all those tasks that you keep procrastinating about. For example, this could be booking doctor’s or dentist’s appointments, cleaning your fridge, paying bills, or tidying the shed! Achieving and crossing these tasks off a ‘To Do’ list will help you to feel more organised and then you can focus on other tasks on the remaining days in the week.
5. Creating A Daily Reminder Of Important Tasks
Numerous studies suggest that as many as 80 – 90% of people have a positive attitude to receiving a reminder that jogs the memory. Using automated reminders can help you build good habits, but it can also help you to remember things that are too important to be trusted to a habit. Setting an alarm and/or reminders will help you to remember important tasks which enable you to become more organised.
6. Do A ‘To Do’ Brain Dump
Writing ‘To Do’ lists are effective in keeping you organised because all your daily tasks are in one place; checking off each task is motivation in itself. Having a ‘To Do’ brain dump is similar apart from using a notebook or journal to write down all of the tasks that need to be done, including the tasks which may be time sensitive e.g. order a product or clear out a junk draw or room. Then, when you have a life admin day or extra time, you can look at your brain dump and check those tasks off too. Using a brain dump can have all your tasks in one place rather than on separate bits of paper or notes on your phone.
7. Create Daily, Weekly And Monthly Cleaning Schedules
Living and working in regularly cleaned spaces can help you to feel more organised. A clean and tidy space means a clean and tidy mind which will enable you to be productive. Having a written schedule for your daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks helps to organise a regular cleaning cycle to ensure that nothing is missed. Creating schedules creates good habits!
8. Declutter Unnecessary Papers
It is easy for papers to build up like: old receipts, menus, bills, lists etc. which make a space seem cluttered and breed disorganisation. Having loose papers around, especially in your work space, can be very distracting, leading to disorganised work or attitude! It’s essential to keep all your important papers in a filing system and regularly shred any unwanted paperwork or documents.
9. Keep A Password Book
When so much of our lives are online, whether via social media, banking or apps on a laptop or phone, you need to create a number of passwords to create a level of security to all your accounts. As it is best practice to have a different password for each account and impossible to remember them all as a result, using a password book is a great way to organise this important information in one place. You can keep track of all your passwords and when you last updated or changed them. Remember – you should do this on a regular basis to protect your accounts and to avoid them being hacked.
10. Write Everything Down And Do Not Rely On Your Memory
We like to think that we can remember that upcoming birthday or appointment, but in reality this may not be the case! To keep organised, writing everything down that is important is a must; use your notebook or current planner to do this, so you will turn up or send that card! There’s nothing worse than remembering too late!
11. Have A Digital Declutter
Carrying out a digital declutter could be done as a weekly or monthly reset and help to keep all your social media accounts clear and tidy. This means that you would delete unwanted conversations and remove the accounts that you no longer wish to follow. Digitally decluttering your laptop and phone can also help you to organise your life by removing old photos, messages and notes; this will increase storage and improve speed.
12. Having A Weekly Planning Session
Taking regular time out each week to plan your upcoming week is a great habit to practise. Making a list of tasks that you want to complete that week will enable you to start the week in an organised way. You’ll be more focused, so you’ll be more productive. If you use a planner system, you could allocate your weekly planning session to setting up your planner and bullet journal. This creates an organised mind set for the week ahead. I tend to do my organising on a weekend ready for a new week.
I like to start each Monday morning with a clear plan of action of what I need to accomplish that week. It saves time as I can start my tasks straight away knowing that I haven’t missed anything.