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You know what they say: Organisation is the key to productivity… or maybe they don’t say that and I’ve just made it up, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Being organised IS the only way to be productive, without organisation – especially for those of us that are busy parents – life seems to muddle into one thing or another. I’m currently feeling the lack of January organisation so I thought, for my benefit as much as for yours, I would write down my ways to get organised for 2017.
Let’s make this OUR year.
Clutter is the enemy of the mind… or something like that. Whateves, clutter is a bad thing. I find that when my desk has too many papers on it or my stuff is piled high I get a neurotic twitch in my eye that can only be considered similar to the one I get when my kids won’t go to bed. Unlike feral children, clutter is an issue that can be solved and I really do think that have a “nice” space, that isn’t drowning in overwhelming mess will make you a more productive worker.
2. Don’t underestimate time or the power of prioritising
I’m talking about those moments when you decide that a task will take 30minutes without reeeeeally thinking it through. Give yourself plenty of time to do the things that NEED to be done. I am a bugger for this – guess what, that email I want to send really can wait until after I’ve picked the kids up, yet I will frequently rush my way through and end up blitzing my way towards the school like a bat out of hell. I work well under pressure but I can’t tell you how often I’ve read something back and not responded well because of rushing, had I put the school run first and then answered the email after, it would have been much better.
3. Plan stuff. No really.
How far in advance do you plan? I’m currently working on Valentine’s day campaigns and I’ve already been approached about Mother’s Day and Easter. For my work I try to make sure I have a rough month plan and then I am planned one week in advance. I might not be scheduled on the blog, but I’ve planned it in my planner – which brings me neatly to my next point BUY A GOOD PLANNER. Not one for this, one for that, one for confusing yourself and one for playing with because it’s pretty. Buy a GOOD planner that you love and use it for everything. I have a daily diary for my personal life which I use to jot down family events and I will also include work based meetings etc but for work I have one planner by the very awesome Stick to Stigu for all elements of work. It allows me to write ideas and notes as I go along, plan a schedule and write down what I’ve charged for and when I’ve been paid. It’s imperative to have somewhere to write down what you are going to do. Just in case you can’t wait until my competition ends, I have a discount code for amazon RIGHT HERE with a fab 15% off, just enter TAR15OFF at the checkout on amazon!
4. Set goals, monthly AND annual.
I have a monthly goal list, I write it on my wall planner and it sits and stares at me so I know that I have a good dollop of pressure on me to live up to my expectations! I also have an annual plan which is how I work out what I want to achieve in the monthly goals. One of the things I do at the beginning of each month is write down my monthly goals in my Stigu and on the wall. It’s great for promoting organisation as I have something to work towards. Think of the burger dangling hat in the gym…
5. Know your limits.
Even super man had kryptonite (can you tell I’m a boy mum?). Everyone has a limit – taking on so much that no amount of writing it down or organising yourself will be effective is never going to help you organise your life for 2017. Know your limits and stick to them.
What are your tips for organisation?