Being organized is important, especially when you run your own business. It can be tough to keep all your projects, deadlines, and files organized in a way that’s manageable to you. Each person learns differently, works differently, and organizes differently.
If you’re the type of person who writes deadlines on your arm, remembers appointments in your head, and forgets-you-had-plans-this-weekend-oh-no, then staying organized means an extra layer of difficulty. Hey, it can be hard to remember to check your planner, let alone remember all your deadlines! Here are some tried and true methods to stay organized—and they’re easy enough to follow for even the most disorganized among us!
When you wake up, write your to-do list first thing in the morning
Instead of hitting the snooze button again, grab a notebook and pen and write down your goals for the day. Oh, and although this may be difficult, write your to-do list before you check your phone or email! Looking at your phone can be an overwhelming first thing in the morning and we all know your email is only going to be filled with more fires to put out!
Psychologist and author Dr. David Cohen told The Guardian that to-do lists “dampen our anxiety about the chaos of life; they give us a structure; they give us a plan we can stick to; they are proof of what we have achieved.” Knowing what you need to get done for the day can make planning your day so much easier, avoiding stress and leaving everything to the last minute!
As soon as you know an appointment, write it down.
This one is so simple but so effective! It’s easy to forget to write down a coffee date, a deadline, or something else—“I’ll do it later,” the disorganized person thinks! Writing your appointment down immediately will ensure you don’t forget to write it down later, and that you won’t miss your all-important date!
Find a tool that works for you.
Organizational tools are like shoes. What is comfortable to one person may not be for another. Try out a few methods to see what is comfortable for you! A planner is an effective way of having one’s whole life in a small book, but if you’re always on your laptop, it’s easy to forget to check it (I know I’m guilty of this!). For the more visual of us, online calendar tools such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar can be helpful for having a comprehensive outline of your day, week or month. Online tools are also easier to adjust without making a mess over the page! At something simple we LOVE Trello! It organizes our to-do lists, deadlines, projects, clients and of course keeps us accountable to ourselves and each other!
Try out different options until one that sticks!
For the constantly disorganized: all hope is not lost.
We hope these tips can provide a helpful starting point for your newly productive, organized lifestyle!