Most people make new years resolutions – some of these are to reduce stress or lose weight/exercise more. I think that becoming organised at work and school/uni can reduce stress and help get the year off to a good start.
I’ve put together five ways I keep myself organised at work and at home, see the list below:
I can’t tell you how much I value my calendar! I have a paper one in my room and use Google calendar at work. I particularly love using it at work because I can see what I’m doing and what everyone else is doing. On my calendar at home, I put things like; ‘Going gym’ or ‘Food shop’ or ‘Driving lesson’. It’s a good way to stay on top of everything every month.
2. Post-it notes
I have more post-it notes than I can count. I use them at work to remind myself to do little things like ‘call this customer’. I used to use them a lot at home too, whilst I was at uni. I’d put post-it notes on my paperwork, my laptop and around my room for revision. I would sometimes categorise tasks by the colour of the post-it note too.
3. Prioritise tasks
Every so often (both at home and work) I will sit back and re-prioritise tasks I have to do. When I feel like work is getting too much I basically stop and think; ‘Which task is most important’ or ‘Which is the most time-sensitive’. Then, in my head or on paper, I number the tasks in the order I should do them. It’s important to step back and re-evaluate when you get more tasks throughout the day. This way you are constantly re-prioritising.
4. Do one thing at a time
I know this sounds silly, but it’s true. There are so many times during the day when I need to tell myself this. I start one task, then not finish it because another important one comes up. I’ll be in the middle of doing the second task, when I remember the first, panic and get flustered and waste time. If this sounds like you too, make sure to do one thing at a time. Finish one thing before you start another.
I always make lists. Whether it’s for a food shop, for work, at home, anywhere. I will make a list. This is a great way to set out what you need to do for the day or week. I make lists on a Friday, so I know what to do next Monday. Making a to-do list combined with tip #3 will make life so much easier.
6. Use the word no
Last but not least, use the word no. This sounds a little weird but say no at work or to yourself (if you’re at uni etc.) when the work gets too much. If a colleague asks if you can help with something, and your far to busy to even think about it, say no. Simple as that. Saying no doesn’t mean your not a team player or don’t want to help out, it just means your making sure you don’t overload yourself. The same goes for if your at uni or school!
This January, try not to get too stressed and overload yourself. Let’s start the year off in a good way!
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