by Marcia Francois
We all know people that seem to be Super Organised. They never forget birthdays, can find an email within seconds and know exactly where to find anything in their homes.
The actual definition of organised is being able to find anything within a minute or two. This is from items in your home to an email, document or photo on your computer.
Shhhh – I have a confession. Some people say this about me too 😉 so I’m going to let you in on some of my own secrets and also those I’ve observed from watching fellow Born Organised people.
Super organised people:
1. PLAN THEIR LIVES
Set aside time every weekend to plan your activities, events and meals for the week ahead. Before you finish up your work for the day, take 5 minutes to quickly plan your main priority tasks for the next day.
2. HAVE A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS IN ITS PLACE
Everything in your house should have a specific home. The goal should be that if anyone asks, “where do I find the _____?” you should be able to tell them immediately. I’m talking about paper too!
3. HAVE EFFECTIVE SYSTEMS, AND ARE WILLING TO CHANGE SYSTEMS IF NECESSARY
A system tells you what to do when something happens. For instance, as you run low or finish foods, they immediately go on your shopping list. That’s a system. The morning and evening routines we work on in the Simplify your Life e-course are also example of systems.
4. WRITE THINGS DOWN
My pastor always says, “a blunt pencil is better than a sharp mind.” The truth is when you write things down, it clears your mind so you can focus on more productive and creative thoughts.
5. DECLUTTER REGULARLY
Make time to go through your clothes and other possessions and then get rid of anything you don’t love or use regularly. Make a regular date to also declutter your documents and emails.
6. PUT THINGS AWAY
If you take just a few minutes to put things back where they belong (see number 2) every day, you always have a home that’s comfortable and ready for company. In the office, take two extra seconds to file or delete an email immediately.
7. DO REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Preserve your organising systems by doing a quick touch-up when you see things start to go awry. It’s like touching up your roots every 6 weeks 😉 Don’t wait and let it get so bad that you have to totally rehaul your system.
Start building just ONE of these secrets into your daily routine every week until you create a habit and you too will be Super Organised 😉
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Marcia Francois is a time management and organising coach who empowers small business owners and other busy professionals who want to make the most of their time. You’ll get simple, practical organising and time management secrets to help you work less and enjoy life more! Visit http://marciafrancois.com for your free Organising Success Pack.