Spring has sprung! Now is an exciting time to organize your life. Get rid of the old that no longer serves a purpose. Bring in the new that will help you excel in work, love, and life.
Here are 5 organizational skills and techniques from Life Hack.
1. MAKE A LIST
If you’re feeling swamped with tasks, creating a to-do list is great for taking back control of the things you need to do.
By writing down your tasks in order of importance (make sure you prioritize your list!), you’ll have a visualization of what needs to get done.
You’ll also get to experience the feeling of great relief when you get to cross a task off your to-do list when it’s completed!
2. DON’T RELY ON YOUR MEMORY
Even if you have superhuman memory, it’s always a good idea to write everything down.
From project deadlines, to customer details, to product prices, writing things down can serve as a reminder so you don’t forget the important things when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
And with most of us carrying around smartphones, you’re never far from a tool where you can write something down.
A huge part of being organized is knowing how to plan, and expert planning involves a lot of scheduling.
Scheduling is taking a step further than creating a to-do list. Not only do you have the things you need to do recorded, but you have a timetable when you should complete them. This helps you to develop your time management skills as you’re expected to coordinate tasks and activities so that deadlines are met and everything is done on time.
4. LEARN TO DELEGATE
Learning to delegate tasks is a valuable skill that will help to keep you organized. Not only will it lighten your workload, but it will sharpen your planning and prioritization skills as you will have to learn which tasks should be done by you and which tasks are okay to be given to someone else.
5. AVOID MULTITASKING
While the idea of attempting to do more than one task simultaneously may seem brilliant, in practice, it’s the complete opposite. Multitasking is known to actually lower your productivity as it diminishes your focus and attention and things become more difficult and take longer to complete.
If this is new for you or you haven’t shaken things up in this way for a long time, start small. Take baby steps and congratulate yourself for every bit of progress. If you make a mistake or misstep, do not worry. Come back another day and try again.
NEXT STEPS: Come back next week for five more strategies to organize your life.