The simplest way to stay productive is to get organized. When you can grab anything you need in seconds, you eliminate all that wasted time looking for things. Being organized also has the added advantage of reducing stress. How do you get started on the road to organization? Here are a few tips:
- Write Everything Down And Don’t Rely On Your Memory: We can all agree most of us have a tough time remembering things. If you want to remember things, put it in writing, or in a digital notebook like Evernote. Keeping your to-do, lists and other information written somewhere allows you to look back at it anytime, even when you’ve hit your head and forgotten your own name.
- Practice Mise En Place (Putting In Place): Chefs are extremely organized people, in and out of the kitchen. Their secret? They have a place for everything. They sort out their clothes, wrapping paper, crafts, cleaning materials, basically everything, and keep them in labeled containers or closets at home. In the kitchen, they’re trained to organize their work space well so that their every moved is conserved and they know exactly where all the ingredients are. Doing this will take time, but after a while you’ll see how easy it is to find what you need when everything in your place has a home.
- Unsubscribe From Unread Email Newsletters, Magazines And Other Subscriptions: If you subscribe to a number of newsletters, blogs and other online publications, but haven’t read a single email from them in 3 months, just unsubscribe. You probably won’t read any of their content, anyway. While you’re at it, unsubscribe from unread magazines, catalogues and junk mail. It’s just a waste of money and space, especially if you don’t read them.
- Clean Up Regularly: The best way to remain organized is to allot certain hours of day the de-cluttering and cleaning up. It doesn’t have to be a large chunk of time either, as 15 to 30 minutes a day is enough.