How to Become More Organised
February 28, 2018 / Sharnie Carter
We’re already two months down in 2018 and what have you accomplished?
Have you stuck to your resolution? Have you made any changes for the better?
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there… (and if we go on technicalities, February is 3 days shorter than most months, so we’ve been deprived of some time!)
It is hard to get some things done if you’re not naturally an organised person. But that’s not to say that it isn’t possible to become more organised.
Here are some of our best tips on how to become more organised:
Make lists and write things down
Making lists and writing things down gives your plans and responsibilities a sense of urgency. No longer are they just a passing thought in your mind that will be overtaken with videos of a cat playing a piano; writing things down makes them permanent, and a constant reminder that they need to be done.
- Try to write things in order of importance
- Write everything you are likely to forget down, i.e. shopping lists, birthdays, work schedule…
- Put the list somewhere you will remember, e.g. on the fridge, in your smartphone…s
Ask for help
You can’t always do everything for yourself. Sometimes you need the help of others but just don’t realise it. This can put more strain on yourself and make it seem as if you have a lot more to do than you think.
Ask for help when you need it. It will relieve your workload and allow you more time to focus on the things that are solely your responsibility.
Have a regular clear out
Have you heard the expression “tidy house, tidy mind”…?
Well this is absolutely true.
Surrounding yourself with a messy environment puts pressure on our mind and makes us think that there is a lot more to do than what there actually is. Those who live and work in a messy environment are said to be more likely to develop depression and anxiety, and be less organised than those who are neater.
- Clear out your house regularly
- Ensure everything has a place – if it doesn’t, toss it!
If you have something to look forward to after completing your responsibilities, you are more likely to want to do them.
Reward yourself with little things; small enough that they won’t break the bank, but nice enough that you feel like you deserve it.
Make schedules and plans
Schedules help us to manage our time more effectively and become more organised. If you create a schedule that includes your average day-to-day plans, you are more likely to stick to it. Include everything from work and the gym, to food breaks and social plans; you’ll suddenly find you have a lot more time than you originally thought.
Time that you could spend studying a distance learning course with Open Study College, for example…
Take a look at our courses (that are currently on discount by the way!) and see if there is something that is perfect for you.
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