With the halfway point of 2016 fast approaching, and the end of another financial year, it’s easy for tasks to pile up and days to spin out of control. The communications world can be particularly stressful as the calendar creeps closer to June 30. In the blink of an eye, the inbox overflows, tasks pile up on the never-ending to do list, and you find yourself nursing an empty coffee cup.
Checklists can help control the chaos, and organisation is a must for a productive work environment – and at home as well. Being organised is about taking control of your life, reducing stress and ultimately saving time.
We all have our ways of keeping on top of tasks, these are our top tips for turning yourself into that pro-organiser you’ve always wanted to be.
Find (and use) the right supplies
Do you work best when your post-it notes are orange? Do coloured highlighters help manage tasks? Then, buy the supplies you love and keep them close! Find a planner or calendar with a cover you’re visually attracted to. If you enjoy looking at it, you will be more likely to use it every day. Make sure you’ve got the right tools such as an organised database – we love insightly – and the right office supplies to motivate you to get the job done. A trip to Officeworks may not sound thrilling, but a crisp new planner, a set of coloured Sharpies, and organised event schedule will be worth it!
And if you like to schedule your life digitally like we do, find new and exciting apps or extensions to make it a little easier.
Organise your organisation system
To-do lists are an age-old organisational tool but they can easily become overwhelming. After adding item after item throughout the day, what was once a neatly o
rganised list can soon become a jumble of words. This is where prioritising comes in!
Try dividing your list into sections, separating items by client, by task or by deadline.
If you’re looking for a brand new way to organise the workday, try a Bullet Journal. A Bullet Journal is a new, and increasingly popular, organisational tool that takes your lists, notebooks, calendars and more and puts them into one neatly coordinated journal. It is essentially a DIY journal/notebook that will hold and organise EVERYTHING in your life.
Embrace the Chaos
As professionals, sometimes we have to lean into chaos. It’s part of the job. No matter how organised you are, things can always get out of hand. It is important to remember that organisation is not about being perfect. As Christina Scalise, author of Organize Your Life and More, says, “Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.”
When your desk gets cluttered or your email piles up and you feel unorganised, just remember that everything will be okay. Take a deep breath, lean into the chaos and start over again tomorrow.
Good luck with getting yourself in order.
Cheers, Jack & the c word crew