We’re all familiar with New Year’s resolutions. From choosing to quit smoking, to taking our health a little more seriously, taking positive steps towards mental health or setting ourselves a goal that we hope to accomplish by the end of the year. But have you considered making organisation part of your 2020 promises?
We all lead such busy, hectic lives. From work and running a business, to raising a family, keeping on top of appointments and important social events. Modern life is stressful, chaotic and often unforgiving. So when you pledge to become more organised this new year, you’ll discover a marked improvement in your stress levels and your overall contentment. Wondering where to start? Read on for four ways you can be more organised in 2020.
Make sure you have everything you need
We’ve all been there. Desperately trying to write something down and yet we can’t find a pen anywhere! When you want to boost your organisation levels, starting with your equipment and supplies is the right place to begin. Pens, paper, printer paper and ink – you’ll find ink cartridges of every style here – highlighters, notepads, stinky notes, paper clips…the list is endless. But when you have a strong supply of everything you need, life will be so much easier.
A dedicated place
Not everyone has the luxury of a home office at their disposal. However, having an area that is dedicated to life’s admin, post, stationary and diaries will make things easier to manage. A small desk in the corner, a side table, a drawer in the kitchen or even a place on the sideboard are ideal. Hang a notice board up if that makes things easier and make sure that whichever location you choose, little hands cannot reach anything of importance!
Eat the frog
Perhaps not the most attractive sounding piece of advice you can give someone. However, the notion of eating the frog will in fact, help you become a better organised person and keep ontop of things much more efficiently. Eating the frog, essentially means doing the thing you want to do the least, first. Basically getting your most dreaded task out of the way. Whether it’s calling the insurance company, or trying to get a Drs appointment, whatever the task is, getting it out of the way means you’re not going to spend all day worrying about it and potentially making the situation worse. It’s a simple ethos, but an effective one!
Wake up early
If you’re a parent then this probably goes without saying. However there is a difference between being dragged out of bed by a little person who wants their breakfast at 5.30am and starting your day early and getting out of bed on your own terms. It can sound a little daunting, especially if you don’t get much sleep at the moment…but those quiet mornings before anyone else wakes up are a truly wonderful thing. Enjoy an uninterrupted cup of coffee and get things ready for the day ahead. You’ll feel like you’ve accomplished so much before the sun has even come up.
*This is a collaborative post.