How To Be More Organized At Work

Organization is a pain, but the simple truth of the matter is organized people get more done. Why? Generally speaking, they have better time management, live with less mess and get in less trouble. If you want to decrease the mistakes you make and stop getting in your own way the only real option is to become organized. Related: 5 Productivity-Sucking Snags To Avoid At Work It's easier said than done certainly, but if you follow a few simple steps you can earn a lasting result - provided you’re ready to commit long term!


Prioritize

Always keep your mind on what's more important of any two choices. When presented with your options, be sure to pick the one that will benefit your goals in the long run. Don't let yourself slip into things that appear in front of you and lose sight of what's important; it can be tempting, particularly if we focus on the ‘right now’ instead of the future. Remember, goals and values will see you through to the end; don’t lose focus for two minutes of mild gratification. If you forsee yourself having trouble with managing your priorities out of the gate, try downloading an on-the-go app like Priority Matrix. It works, really!

Compartmentalize

Keep the different things in your life separated, whether it's keeping your professional and personal lives separate, divergent groups of people around you or actual, physical possessions. This can be as esoteric as refusing to discuss certain things with people they don't concern, or as direct as throwing some of your old possessions into a container system – anything from old furniture to old cars could be messing up your inner peace, introducing subconscious what if’s to your otherwise ordered world. Sometimes, breaking down attachments will take all of the endurance you have; don’t wait, take all of your old office furniture, legal pads, University assignments (passed or failed) and seek a storage solution, located in one place to visit if you must. Ideally though, everything you no longer need will gather dust and be rarely thought of.

Deal With Things Right Away

Unless you have more important things to be doing (see the prioritize section), solve problems as soon as they crop up. The old staying would be a stitch in time saves nine and tacky though it may sound it's entirely true. If your house needs cleaning, do it in little steps rather than all at once three months later. Need a job? Start looking right away. Need to confront someone? Do it now. The big problems arise when swear you'll handle it tomorrow and never do.

Get Rid Of Chaotic Influences

At the end, organization has to be based within, but having chaos all around you isn't any kind of help. If you take the time to get rid of the difficult crazy or otherwise chaotic influences in your life, be they a friend who's always getting you into trouble or just a bad habit that's causing you to trip over your own feet, then you have a much better chance to get what you want if there's nothing in your way.

Remind Yourself Why

Motivation is a large part of gaining a result. If you know why you're getting organized, have a goal or a dream that you're organizing yourself for then it'll be a lot easier to handle. Whenever things get hard, remind yourself why you're doing what you're doing. It helps. Getting organized is a quick route to results, get the jobs done as quickly as possible and know what you're doing while it's happening. Get rid of the things holding you back and build up on the things pushing yourself forward. An organized mind gets what it wants. This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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