Productivity at work can usually be attributed to organization. Singaporeans, some of the hardest-working in the world, can somehow attest to this. Even though this is the case, there are still times when we have difficulty keeping things organized. Here, then, are some tips for you to keep things orderly.
When you procrastinate, you’re putting things off until the last minute. If you let this happen, everything you do will eventually be disorganized. This is simply because you’ve had things pile up over each other by putting them off for later. So finish your tasks as soon as possible so that you won’t have to stress about anything later on.
Assign a place for one specific thing
Keep your important documents only in one tray, keep your clothes only in the cabinet, keep the dishes only in the dish rack, and etc. This way, you get to assign an area exclusively for specific things. This in itself is already a way to keep organized. As a rule, you won’t mix different things up if you put them in their proper places.
Don’t trust your memory
Write everything down. Your plans, to-do lists, ideas, and everything else should be put on pieces of paper. Then, stick them on places where you can look at them easily. Of course, you don’t have to put too much. You’ll be doing the opposite if you do that.
Back up your files
If you have important documents and pictures in your computers, back them up in another drive. Doing this saves you a lot of time looking for certain files. Once you back your files up, it will now be safe for you to delete some documents and declutter your computer files.
Get rid of things that are unnecessary. Take for example the one mentioned above about writing everything down. You will stay unorganized if you keep the papers and lists that are already unnecessary. If you want to be organized, you have to do a lot of cleaning, and that’s the truth of it.
Place things where they should be placed
After you’re done with your papers, put them back in the right place. Put your shoes on the shoe rack. Don’t leave the dishes on the table after eating. Don’t leave the remote on the couch after watching TV and place it where it should be placed. These are simple things but we often neglect doing them.
Know your needs
Avoid buying things (and get rid of stuff) that you don’t really need. Unless it’s something that you REALLY want to have, best not buy it. A good practice when you’re tempted to buy something unnecessary is to wait for at least 10 days. You’ll easily avoid buying by impulse if you do this practice.