One of the most important quotes I’ve heard in 2017 is – “What gets scheduled gets done.”

My New Years Resolution in 2016 was to get more organized. Little did I know that the habits I created early in the year would come to really change the way I handled school, business, and life.

Being organized is important to productivity!

Have you ever tried to sit at your desk and you can’t even find your keyboard under all of your stuff? Have you ever looked in your closet for the outfit you planned in your head, and found that your shirt is in the hamper (or wadded up on the floor)? Or maybe you’ve been looking for that super important file that you know you put on a flashdrive at some point! Which flashdrive.. where did I put it… wait, when did I even do that?

You get what I’m saying.

If you invest a little bit of time into organization, your productivity levels will soar!

 

Ask yourself what is important this week.

Do you have a big deadline at school or work? Does your child have a party at school that you volunteered to bring food for? Do you have a big interview? An ongoing project? Meetings?

  • Plan your week around the MOST important task
    • If you have a big project coming up, be sure to plan time each day to complete the project in time.
  • Plan the rest of your tasks around that
  • Organize your week in your planner, and set small goals throughout the week (one per day)
    • For example, set a goal on Monday to respond to all of your unread emails.

 

Make sure your house/office is clean.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot function when my work environment is a mess.  I work from home, so I have to keep a cleaning routine to keep my house and office in order to maximize my efficiency.

  • Don’t waste a whole day cleaning. Separate each task into manageable chores each day.
    • I like to start my week with clean laundry! Sundays, I always do laundry.
    • Spend 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening picking up clutter.
  • Make sure your dishes are done before you go to sleep
    • Who wants to wake up to a sink full of dirty dishes?

 

Don’t let things overwhelm you

 You determine where things go. If you get easily frustrated when you can’t find your things amidst the clutter, make things go where you need them to go and where they make the most sense.

  • Desk: organize by utility
    • Container for writing utensils
    • Place for all envelopes
    • Container for chords, chargers, etc.
  • Clothes: organize by activity, not by category 
    • Casual
    • Workout
    • Dress
  • Car: keep it clean and stocked
    • Take in cups and trash every day
    • Keep extra money in your glove compartment just in case
    • Stash an extra pair of flats in your car for when your feet can’t handle your heels any longer

Your digital clutter may be slowing you down
Do you ever find yourself searching for a file that you could have sworn existed? Or looking for an email that you *starred from, like, 3 weeks ago?

  • Emails: Unstar emails and delete spam
    • If you have to star an email for the short-term, that’s totally fine! But be sure you unstar it when it is no longer relevant
    • I know you get spam. We all do. Unsubscribe from mailing lists any time something comes in and delete irrelevant spam from your inbox
  • Files and documents: just like in your home, everything has a place
    • Create folders for each task/job and keep all files related to the job IN its folder. And DON’T FORGET to back it up!!