The holidays are coming and this list can help you get organized and come out feeling like you conquered the season for the first time! This list can also be used in your day to day life year round.
FIRST OF ALL – BREATH!
Put yourself in a position where you can focus on doing the right task for the moment:
- The 3 Most Important Tasks. Writing down and making mental note of your top 3 tasks to get done for the day. Everything else seems to fall into place if you do that.
- Create 1 easy and workable task list, or to do list – make it available on your phone so you can add or delete stuff easily. And make sure every item has a get done by date.
- Keep a note pad handy. A small one in your purse and a large one at your desk. Write stuff down when you think about it – this one is key, especially if you don’t have your phone nearby.
- Do one thing at a time – because really that is ALL you can do!
- Make use of the word no – No one enjoys saying it but you have to use it when necessary.
- Use the recycling bin/trash basket. Organizing unnecessary items is wasted energy. It is amazing how much more in control you may feel by just ridding yourself of outdated articles (that you would like to read someday), or countless meeting notes from which relevant action items have already been extracted.
- A (good) place for everything, and everything in its place. By finding places that are easy to get to for all the things you use most often, and places that are pretty easy to get to for the things you use less often. You will spend less time dreading doing things and more time actually doing things. And the place for things you never use is elsewhere (trash can, place that accepts donations, etc.).
- Simplify, simplify, simplify!
- Put it away now. The single, simplest thing you do to stay personally organized is to put whatever tool, item, clothing, bag, hairbrush etc., away immediately after using it. You always know where everything and anything is so you never waste time looking for something. Very efficient.
- Change. It brings down any method or idea that isn’t timeless. It brings up newer and more important things that you and others can’t resist anymore. Best of all: it’s an organizing tool that operates itself. You simply have to embrace it.
- Unapologetically take control of your time and priorities.
- Color coding. Are you a visual person, you may find that color-coding your various lists and calendars minimizes the time you have to spend looking at them.
- Write down, execute and tidy up on the way.
- A little whiteboard on the wall. Have it separated into two sections, a “To Do” section and a “Today” section. The “To Do” is a list of general things you have to do, like get your car inspected, buy someone a present, etc. The “today” list is what you need to do, obviously, today! Things can be moved back and forth as appropriate. You may find having a specific list for today helps push you to get the important things done in a timely manner.
- Never dwell on failure. Life moves on and EVERYONE makes mistakes.
- Delegate. Learn to trust people with critical tasks in all areas of your life. When you learn to effectively delegate tasks you actually find that it is easier to keep the stuff you cannot delegate better organized.
- You control your life. Whatever electronics or paper you use, make them work for YOU not the other way around. Do you really have to check your email every 5 minutes? Maybe, but I bet you’ll get a whole lot more done if you check it a few times per day. That goes for your phone too! After all, there are so many tools, and one to fit everyone – so use what works, but make it work for you!
Create your day and succeed!
Written by Amber Houchen, Licensed Broker
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