I have to admit, running two businesses - ItsSimpleWorld is now live so you better check it out - can be hard in keeping things organised. And, let's be honest, physical organisation will ensure an un-scattered mind and one-hundred per cent focus. Here are my tips to keeping everything together.
1. Write It Down.
Whatever it is, log it on your notepad. Whether it is shopping lists (this is a must for me as I come back from the supermarket with everything but the item I went in for), friends and family birthday information, summaries of business meetings or dates bills are due note it. Use a diary to do it so yu can easily find the info. Write down all the relevant details, then return to it several minutes later and check that what you have written has included everything you need to know. After all, we cannot remember everything, but if it is written down you may begin to process certain elements in your long-term memory through writing it down but the significant details are there for you to decipher later.
2. Make Deadlines.
This really goes with Point 1. Give yourself a deadline on tasks, as if you don't. tasks will never be completed. I am not just talking about work-related deadlines. Consider your personal objectives and make sure your dreams come true by instigating a deadline on them becoming a reality.
Living in a cluttered space will leave you no room to make your plans happen. So, get rid of items you don't need. Don't just move them to another place at home, dispose of them. When you clear out items, ask yourself, do I really want it? Do this regularly to ensure it doesn't build up.
4. Have a Filing System.
Seperate any work-related stuff from your household and/or utilities documents. Avoid a Miscellaneous file as you will put everything you are unsure in here and then will spend considerable amount of time searching through it for the one thing you need which wastes time.
5. Back-up Everything.
Make-sure you back-up all your work and have paper copies of all important documents. Have more than one car and door key. Make copies of ID documents; passport and bank details, making sure they are stored securely.
6. Download a Money Management App.
Make sure you don't overspend; a App like Quicken will help you keep records pf monthly bills and record how you're spending your money. You don'y have to do the hard work, yet the details provided will tell you where youj may be able to save.
7. Make an Appointment With Yourself.
Each day give yourself 16 minutes working out what are must-dos for tomorrow and place it in a to-do-list. Itemise each task in importance with the urgent jobs at the top and the less relevant toward the bottom. Once a week give yourself a personal review of around 90 minutes; be strategic and think of tasks which you may have forgotten. Track your progress on other jobs; log where you need to focus your attention and make new to-do lists.
8. Carry A Small Notepad With You At All Times.
Through having a notepad with you wherever you go you can log all your thoughts, make-to-do lists,must-dos and resolutions on-the-go. It can become your mobile office down to any shopping you may need.
9. Make a Meal Plan.
10. Have a 'Be Prepared' Drawer.
This is an excellent reason reason to clear-out a drawer, you know the one full of the stuff you think you may need. Fill it up with stuff You May Need. For instance, a selection of birthday cards and stamps in case you forget to send that card. I know, we have all been there, haven't we? Include emergency items like a torch and remember to put a £10.00 note in there too. Don't forget to replace of you use.
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