I’ll be honest, my organisational skills aren’t the best. I’ve always been a go with the flow kinda person, so any attempt to write schedules or lists feels like a chore. Being like this does have its positives! I’m creative and can always find something to do so I’m never bored. But I am prone to getting distracted, which unfortunately happens a lot, so you won’t be surprised if I tell you I struggle to get things done.
For example, I decide today is the day to do some cleaning. I go in the kitchen and notice that the bananas are starting to go black, and decide; actually, I feel like baking some banana bread today. It’s okay though, I’ll just clean tomorrow. Then tomorrow comes around and inevitably something else comes up.
If you’re nodding your head wondering, I’m the same but what can I do about it? I’ve come up with some tips to help.
1. Lists. Ahh lists, we all know someone who seems to have it sorted and loves checking off their achievements each day. I’ve tried, but usually get carried away; giving myself way too much to do and so setting myself up to fail. My biggest tip is this – don’t pile the pressure on yourself. Really think about what you need to do and keep it short. Even if it’s just one thing that day.
2. Do one thing at a time. Try to give your full attention to the task at hand. If you’re running around doing a little bit of this and that, then it’ll take you a lot longer.
3. Allow yourself time to do fun stuff. Productivity is great but you don’t have to be a working-machine! We all need time to recharge. If you’re worried about getting distracted, then try setting an alarm on your phone.
4. Use sticky notes. Again, if you’re worried about getting side-tracked, then stick notes around your home as a reminder.
5. Technology is your friend. There are hundreds of organisational apps available so finding one you like is worth a try. Some popular ones include: Asana, Wunderlist and Evernote. I’ve got Asana on my phone (which I’d forgotten about)!
6. Neat and tidy is key. Incorporate a little time each day to tidy up, or maybe it’s even time you had that big sort out you’ve been putting off. I find that when my home is in order, I feel more relaxed and able to focus.
I’ve just noticed that my post on organisation includes a list – see they are handy! I hope you find it useful.