The difference these simple steps can make will surprise you.
1. Give everything a place
There is nothing worse than starting your day in a chaotic, messy space. Everything needs a home and a clean space = a clear mind. From storage cabinets to folders – find functional storage solutions that fit your personal style and utilise these to your advantage.
For example, on my desk I always have my pens and pencils in an empty Diptique candle jar and my invoices to be paid are kept in a chic black box that sits beautifully on my desk.
Everything is easily accessible yet tidy and organised. Once you have your space in order, simply spend ten minutes every evening quickly putting loose items back in their place. This simple but structured system will save you a lot of stress day to day and keep you organised.
2. Don’t Procrastinate
That’s right! Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, it’s all got to go! Simply put your phone on Do Not Disturb, knuckle down and whip through your work and deadlines. You can spend as much time as you like on the phone in the evenings when you are relaxing.
It’s also important to make the most of your ‘peak’ times when you are feeling the most energetic, fresh & motivated. For most people this is first thing in the morning, however everyone is slightly different. Make sure you don’t procrastinate and you power through this period, focusing on your most important / energy consuming tasks.
3. Make a plan, schedule & create deadlines
When you are feeling stressed, stop, refocus and re-organise your workload.
For me, I jot down every single thing I need to do and re-prioritise my workload in a methodical way. This allows me to re-assess and put everything into perspective, immediately reducing my stress levels.
What do you need to get done and what do you want to get done? There is a big difference. Once you know the answer to this question – simply make a plan, schedule time to do the most important tasks and create realistic deadlines. Work through your to-do list methodically and repeat this process daily.
The article originally appears in Vogue, written by An Organised Life.