If your New Year’s resolution is to get more organised, then you’ve come to the right place. Obviously, we’re believers that using a daily planner is an important part of staying on track, but keeping a busy life in order goes well beyond the task of writing things down. Start 2015 on a coordinated foot by remembering these easy organisational tips.
Spring Cleaning Begins Now
The easiest way to clear out some space at home or in your office? Purge the unnecessary clutter from your life. Rather than putting off this task until spring, take a day (or weekend) now to sort what you need and what can go. Dropping off a donation of gently used clothing and household goods at a local shelter is the perfect combination of doing something good for yourself and for others.
Everything in its Place
Whether you’ve recently moved or have lived in the same home for decades, the struggle to find the best spot for every last household item is ongoing. If you’re feeling buried in paperwork and knickknacks, give yourself a moment to take stock of all the odds and ends floating around your home. Once you’ve found the commonalities between these items, it will be far easier to sort them for filing. Stock up on envelopes and file folders to keep your loose documents organised, and find a method of storing them that’s not only useful but aesthetically pleasing. If you’re proud of your storage units, you’re far more likely to put them to use! For inspiration, check out the creative way a member of our Production team has stored her coffee supplies:
Learn to Say “No”
If you’re only a month into 2015 and already feeling overwhelmed by tasks and responsibilities, it’s time to cut yourself a little slack. Try writing down a full to-do list and then break it into a couple manageable tasks per day. If the list ends up already running into the next season, there’s no point in taking on more. If someone asks for your help housesitting, baking for a sale or anything else that involves going above and beyond, it’s perfectly okay to say “not this time” as you chip away at what you’ve already agreed to.
Write it Down
Okay, we had to say it! But whether you use a physical dayplanner to track your scheduled events and tasks or take a more digital approach, it’s impossible to expect to remember everything without a little help. The important thing is to keep your to-do lists together, so no appointments overlap and you’re able to quickly reference your tasks when needing to check your availability. A great idea, actually, is to combine the digital with the analogue. If you have separate agendas at home and at work, use an online planning application to merge the two and have them accessible at all times.
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