We all know people that seem to be Super Organised. They never forget birthdays, can find an email within seconds and know exactly where to find anything in their homes.
The actual definition of organised is being able to find anything within a minute or two. These are items in your home to an email, document or photo on your computer.
Shhhh - I have a confession. Some people say this about me too ;) so I'm going to let you in on some of my own secrets and also those I've observed from watching fellow Born Organised people.
Super organised people:
1. Plan their lives
Set aside time every weekend to plan your activities, events and meals for the week ahead. Before you finish up your work for the day, take 5 minutes to quickly plan your main priority tasks for the next day.
2. Have a place for everything and everything in its place
Everything in your house should have a specific home. The goal should be that if anyone asks, "where do I find the _____?" you should be able to tell them immediately. I'm talking about paper too!
3. Have effective systems, and are willing to change systems if necessary
A system tells you what to do when something happens. For instance, as you run low or finish foods, they immediately go on your shopping list. That's a system. The morning and evening routines we work as part of the Organise your Time system are perfect examples of effective systems.
4. Write things down
My pastor always says, "a blunt pencil is better than a sharp mind." The truth is when you write things down, it clears your mind so you can focus on more productive and creative endeavors.
5. Declutter regularly
Make time to go through your clothes and other possessions and then get rid of anything you don't love or use regularly. Make a regular date to also declutter your documents and emails.
The Organise your Home system is an easy-to-use plan to declutter and organise your entire home in just 12 weeks. Read more here
6. Put things away
If you take just a few minutes to put things back where they belong (see number 2) every day, you always have a home that's comfortable and ready for company. In the office, take two extra seconds to file or delete an email immediately.
7. Do regular maintenance
Preserve your organising systems by doing a quick touch-up when you see things start to go awry. It's like touching up your roots every 6 weeks ;) Don't wait and let it get so bad that you have to totally overhaul your system.
Start building just ONE of these secrets into your daily routine every week until you create a habit and you too will be Super Organised ;)
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Marcia Francois is a time management coach and speaker who inspires busy women to break out of overwhelm, make the most of their time and take purposeful and focussed action so they have the time and freedom to live life to the full. Visit http://purposefultimemanagement.com for your free Time Management Purpose Pack.
If you'd like to schedule a f.ree 15-min session with me to start you on the organising journey, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to chat.