Every once in a while, you may feel like life is just piling up, and the thought of trying to get organized at work feels even more daunting. Ever heard the phrase “cluttered desk, cluttered mind”?
Organizing both your personal and work life can feel like an impossible task. It’s hard to know where to start. I’m sure you have asked these questions before: What should I complete first? Does it need to be done all in one day? The list of tasks may seem never ending — how do I prioritize a long list of tasks? If you’re ready to take the first step on the path to organization and peace of mind, here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Create a Plan to Get Organized at Work
Plans are your friend. Diving head first into organization without a plan could make the task even harder and make your to-do list ever longer. Taking the time to sit and write all of the tasks that are on your plate, prioritize them, and create a plan of attack will help you become more efficient and will wind up saving you valuable time both at work at and home.
If you like to keep track of your list and want the ease to change, add or cross off items from your lists, mobile apps like Evernote, Any.Do, IFTTT, BrightNest (for your to-dos for your home), and EasilyDo are good apps that can be used to help you get organized at work and have some clear direction.
In addition to taking the time to organize your personal and work life, taking the time to identify why it became unorganized in the first place will help you avoid it in the future. Are you busy? Tired? Procrastinating? For some, busy schedules pushed organization to the back burner. For others, it could be lack of motivation or the “I’ll do it later” mentality, and later just never quite seems to happen.
By taking the time to identify what led to the clutter, it becomes easier to create a game plan and begin working towards an organized lifestyle.
Step by Step
Complete one task at a time. Trying to complete everything on your list all at once can create a larger task for you and will only make you feel even more overwhelmed. Sometimes a good strategy in getting started is to identify and complete some or all of the smaller tasks first, and get them crossed off so that you can move on to the bigger tasks on your list.
Getting organized can be overwhelming without the right strategy. But creating a plan and checking off everything on your list can help you feel at peace in your personal life.
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