For a simple, effective strategy to get organised, start here!

To Do list in use

If you’re looking for simple, effective strategies to get organised, start here!
The number one question from my declutter clients is “Help, I’m so busy juggling everything…where do I start?” Maybe you can relate?
Yes all the piles of paperwork, surplus possessions and clothing need to be worked through over a period of time but I find it’s best to stop the problem at source first by introducing a few daily organisational habits to help keep the clutter and chaos from growing further. This helps by introducing some control over the clutter and so we have written about 10 things you can do today to help you stay organised. Here is the first blog in the series and do come back to check out more as they are added over the next few weeks.

Utilise a list notebook

Often chaos ensues because we are trying to juggle too many things in our brains. We can’t focus on any one thing because we are trying to remember everything. It’s exhausting to say the least.

  1. Grab yourself a notebook and just start brain dumping all that needs to be done. Pick a colourful notebook that you can easily see if it’s in your bag or on a worktop and that you can carry around with you. Don’t use this notebook for any other purpose.
  2. Be very detailed with this list because the more steps/tasks you list out, the less you have to try and remember.
  3. Include any deadline dates in the margin.
  4. Having a master list makes a huge difference to your mental clutter.
  5. You won’t get everything crossed off that list in one day but there is much less chance of missing a task.
  6. You don’t need to write a new list every day but perhaps every couple of weeks start afresh.
  7. Yes there are lots of gadgets and apps out there but there is research that using a paper format is more effective. You don’t have to wait for screens to load up and you’ll have your life at your fingertips.
  8. There is something very satisfying having a visual of items crossed off and date achieved.

Did you know that it is National Organising Week 2015 #NOW2015  7th to 13th November 2015? It is arranged by APDOuk UK’s decluttering and professional organising association/ I’m a member and also act as their North West Area representative. This is the first in my series of short blogs covering things you can do every day to stay organised in your daily life.

What’s your best tip for getting organised and/or staying organised? I’d also love to see some pictures of your To Do lists so feel free to share.