I love organization.
I love lists, I love making plans, and I love seeing the plans I make come to life.
Every day I like to make a plan for the day. However, my secret key to success is making time and allowances for flexibility in my planning. If something unexpected comes up, as it so often does, you'll be more prepared and ready to deal with it than if you had no plan - or a plan that is too tight with no wiggle room.
I actually pride myself on my organization skills - as I love to be busy and have my days packed full of things to do, I need to make sure that I have all the time to make my days as fun as possible. Now by no means will these tips work for everyone, but they've been working for me for as long as I've been responsible for myself, and I thought I'd like to share!
1. Work smart.
- Being efficient is not about squeezing as much as possible into your day. It's great if you can accomplish a weeks worth of work into one morning, but did you do the work well? Are you proud of what you've done? Would you send your work to your parents for them to be proud of? If the answer is no, maybe consider cutting back. Ask yourself: can anything be done more efficiently or eliminated completely? Should anything be procrastinated? Sometime's it's smarter to leave a piece of work for another day.
- For example, my current job is selling yoga memberships over the phone and by email. There's no point in me calling people two weeks in advance of their month-long membership because they won't be thinking that far in advance, and then I won't make commission and that'll make me sad. So sometimes I put off phone calls for a few days and work on some admin or another area of my work. Efficient procrastination people - it works.
2. Complete the most important tasks first.
- But - what are the most important tasks for you? If it's important to you to have a great, healthy, filling lunch - pack it up early in the morning so you're not craving Tim Horton's for lunch. If your priority - like me - is to get in an hour or so of running, wake up earlier! If your priority at work is to have one successful meeting, plan it before lunch. Your day is already a success!
3. Turn key tasks into habits.
- Like my running, turn your important tasks into habits. If you're a writer, make sure you write a little every single day - even weekends. If your job involves talking on the phone, warm up your voice every morning and treat it well - start your day with lemon and honey!
4. Exercise and eat healthy.
- If you feel good, you'll look good and work good. End of story. Plan it like you'd plan a meeting with your boss - you don't skip out on that. Make it a priority.
- I actually schedule EVERYTHING into my Google Calendar – it's almost an obsession! I colour-code everything – fitness, work, yoga teaching and social. Nerdy as it sounds, this isn't time consuming, and actually works.
5. Utilize your waiting time.
- Do you commute? Use the time to organize your emails, read a book or article, knit, or listen to a podcast. Even if it's not directly related to your job, the time to be creative is always!
- While you're waiting for the kettle to boil or the microwave to ding, how about some stretches or squats? I have a friend who does push ups whenever he's running the microwave, and I like to use the time that I'm waiting for the kettle to stretch out.
6. Finally - enjoyment should be your goal. You are the most important thing in your life!
What are your tips for organization and staying sane? Send me a message or a comment on Instagram!