Every office has that one person who seems to have a handle on life. They never forget a meeting, birthday or event. They have everything they need at hand, at all times. They never miss a deadline and, most importantly, they achieve all of this with graceful ease. What is their secret?
Here are 10 things organised people do every day:
Get Up Early
Deactivate your snooze button and get ready to start the day bright and early. Getting up 30 mins-1 hour earlier is one of the easiest ways to help you fit more into your day. You will also feel less rushed, reducing stress and making you more productive.
It is called the most important meal of the day for a reason. Eating breakfast will give your body the energy it needs to carry you through the morning. Eating a nutritious meal before work with also help reduce your need to snack, meaning you spend more time working and less time hunting for the biscuit tin in the break room.
Make One To Do List
To do lists – the lifeline of every organised person. While these notes may seem like an organised person’s equivalent to Popeye’s spinach, too many lists can actually have the opposite effect. When you have more than one list, you will waste time trying to remember which list has the information you need. Yes, I am speaking from personal experience. Trust me, one list is enough.
Allows Room For Error
Life is full of little surprises. While some can work in our favour, other can throw us off schedule. It happens – there is nothing you can do about it. Organised people are aware of the inevitability of these errors and will allow room for them in their day-to-day lives.
Clean the Kitchen Each Evening
Tidy home, tidy mind. As the kitchen is one of the first rooms of the house you go into in the morning, its appearance can have a significant impact on your mood. Seeing a sink full of dirty dishes when you go to make your morning coffee can make you feel overwhelmed. Spending just a few minutes each evening cleaning up the kitchen. You will not regret it.
Check Emails At 3 Scheduled Times
Ah, emails. The one job that never fails to derail your entire schedule. You could easily spend your entire morning clearing out your inbox and replying to messages, leaving you little time for anything else. Organised people avoid this by restricting the amount they check their inboxes. Checking it 3 times a day (once in the morning, once after lunch and once before the end of the day) for no more than 10 mins each time will mean that you won’t ever miss any important emails or get distracted.
Organised people are not superhumans that are able to remember every event, birthday and meeting all year round. They write everything down in their calendar/diary. Some may favour the classic pocket diary, while others simply make a quick note on their phone calendar. Whichever they prefer, they will always diarise every important date/time.
Eat That Frog
People that take on the hardest/least appetising task at the start of the day are, generally, the most productive. Typically, the most important tasks are also the most boring. Don’t let these jobs hang over your head all day. Tackle them first. When you do, you will have the rest of the day to do the stuff that inspires you.
Unless you spend a copious amount of money on Amazon each day, you mail is likely made up of junk, bills, sales letters. They aren’t fun to open, so you just dump them on the table. After leaving the ever-growing pile for weeks, you decide to tackle it. This task is not only time consuming, but also emotionally painful. You spend the rest of the day feeling sorry for your dwindling bank account. Save yourself from future suffering by opening your letters every day.
Organisied people always make time for lunch. If you are to remain energised and focused all day, then eating regularly is vital. Yes, it can be tempting to cram some extra work in at lunch. However, as a number of scientific studies have concluded, the human brain cannot stay focused without sufficient breaks. It would, therefore, be accurate to conclude that skipping lunch is more likely to hinder your performance.
Are you trying to get more organised in 2018?