We are all looking to improve our performance and to be more productive. We all have goals we want to achieve. None of these things are possible without being organized. To make any progress, we need a method, a plan of action. Here are a few tips on how to get better organized.
1. Set priorities.
This sounds like pretty run-of-the-mill advice. But it is vitally necessary if you are going to stay organized. Plus, setting priorities should be viewed as an ongoing activity. You should be constantly reevaluating your tasks and considering which will take you toward your goals, and which offer only instant gratification but do little to help you in the long term. An app that can help here is Priority Matrix.
2. Sort things out
Keep the things that belong in your professional life together and things that belong in your private life together, and don’t mix them up. You need to separate them mentally as well and prevent the one part of your life intruding while you are in the other.
3. Do not procrastinate
In other words, take care of things immediately. They only become harder to do if we put them off. Take care of problems promptly. If you need to hash things out with someone, do it straight away.
4. Cut out things that get in the way
If there are other factors that are preventing you from getting organized, you need to divest yourself from them. These are external things that can distract you, things like coworkers who badger you for help or friends looking for companionship.
5. Keep your goal in mind
You are going to have setbacks and failures, that’s a given. But when you do, you need to remember what you are after, what your ultimate goal is that you are trying to reach.
6. Take care of yourself
It is impossible to get your life organized if you are not at your best physically, mentally and emotionally. That means getting enough exercise every day, making sure you get enough sleep, and making sure you eat a good diet.