Organising tips from the GoWonder Community so you can start 2018 with a bang!
Want to know how to get organised? We asked the GoWonder community and here are the top 14 ways to a less frantic 2018!
Organise your space
Hard to organise your mind when your surrounding is messy. Not only do you loose precious time hunting around for stuff, worst, you might loose it completely.
Mae Pineda:’I make sure everything has its place, containers within drawers to divide stuff, putting back whatever I use in its designated place right after I use it.‘
Decorate your space so you enjoy being in it!
If you have a budget for a make over then by all means , but it doesn’t have to be big budget changes, it can be inspiring quotes or your goals for the year written out on coloured paper, fairy lights to add some sparkle or your favourite flowers.
Invest in stationary that makes you want to use them to get organised.
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At the end of the day remove any pieces of scrap paper/letters that have piled up on your desk during the day so you are starting fresh each morning without having to deal with yesterday’s mess.
Martina Osičková: ‘Try to eliminate distractions, sometimes I switch off my phone to focus on things i have to do, for me hyperactive is almost impossible and eliminating distractions is a big part of how to get organised for me.’
Say hello to to-do list
Regina Miller:’ I love using the pomodoro technique to stay on task. I break up my day into 8-10 tasks and set a 35 minute timer to complete each one without allowing any distractions. After one or two pomodoro I take a 15 minute break to mess around (I keep a scratch pad to write down stuff I wanna look up) the. Get back on track. You’d be surprised at how much you get done when you organise your day via tasks and knock then out one by one!’
But you have to break down your tasks
Laurie Ashton Farook :’I would suggest reading up on flylady, even though it’s geared towards household organisation. You can adapt it to business/personal/other uses. She uses a 15 minute timer – spend 15 minutes on one task and when the timer goes off, you move on to the next task. That way, you make progress in a lot of different areas, but you don’t get bogged down. It’s quite effective.
The timer idea is even quite useful for writing, whether it’s fiction or a blog post, for example. Set the timer, start writing, and when it’s done, move on to something else. Meanwhile, the timer – in my experience – means you’re more likely to be very productive during that fifteen minute time frame since you know there’s an end, you know there’s a deadline.’
Add some fun into the process & get this gorgeous wood frame hour glass timer from Amazon for £7.99!
Prioritise your tasks
Suncana Selimovic : ‘I pick the top 3 tasks I want to focus on daily & a big top 5 for the week, everything else should just be leading to a goal – the key is simplicity.’
Nikki Genève :‘I’m a student teacher, and organisation is a painful but essential lesson I have had to learn. I set myself a prioritised list each day- no more than 3-5 things. I then give myself a time limit for doing these. I work from the most important to the least important, thereby ensuring that my most urgent matters are done. If you set aside this allotted time, you’d be amazed at how much more productive you can be. This feeling of accomplishment motivates me to be more organised, so it is definitely worth it!’
Try a bullet Journal
Jacqueline Jansen:‘ I started one in September and it is the answer for me because it is a combination of notebook diary agenda. It is goal/accomplishment focus and you can include a lot of different trackers to motivate and get a better insight of your work and personal life.’
Take time on a Sunday to think about how to get organised for the week ahead.
Write everything DOWN.
Anne Kadamani: ‘Write out all your thoughts. You can’t contain them all.’
Jezebel Blessing : ‘Get a Moleskin journals, the press size flip book is my favourite. I write everything down, travel details, places to go and see, people I met, etc. This helps me in so many ways all of the time.’
Get your own Moleskin on Amazon for £10.47 or $15.55.
If you can’t stand the idea of writing in a physical planner, find an app that does the same thing.
Laurie Ashton Farook: ‘For organising to do lists and such, I would start using an app like Trello or Wunderlist. There are a ton of different ones, so start trying them out to see which one suits you best. You might also want to read some articles on the subject or even a book or two. Personally, I use wunderlist – it’s the closest to what I need.’
“Focus on what matters most. Examine your obligations and priorities before making any new commitments. Even after a task end up on your to-do list, you can still decide to cross it off completely if it is not essential. Especially if a task has been delayed a few times, you want to ask yourself, is the task not important or are you procrastinating? A lot of times, I find I write down too many unimportant tasks because someone asked me to, and the important tasks don’t actually get done.
If you are finding it hard to say no, I recommend reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k: The bestselling book everyone is talking about (A No F*cks Given Guide)“. It is an every woman MUST read and definitely life changing if you are like me, you are a people pleaser. For as long as I can remember, I have felt guilty for saying no. And would always spread myself thin for over committing. Saying ‘no’ became a huge part of how to get organised for me. This book was my one of my favourite from my 2017 reading list.” – Dora.
End the day with your top three accomplishments
Reward yourself once you have accomplished your goals for the day, so you are pumped for tomorrow!
Note: Not all responses came from GoWonder Community members. Submissions may have been edited for length/clarity.
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