It’s never easy trying to organise yourself in the workplace when things change and plans get cancelled last minute. This is even harder to achieve when you yourself are not naturally an organised person. As someone who’s admittedly a bit of a control freak when it comes to being organised, I’ve come up with my personal 6 top-tips for staying organised within day-to-day work life.
Make a list – this may seem like an obvious one however most people don’t think to actually write their tasks down and then maybe forget about one of those simpler little tasks they needed to complete. My biggest tip is to not put unnecessary things on there as then the list can become over bearing, but remember that ticking them off is a big achievement.
Take a break – most people forget to do this and get so bogged down that they don’t give themselves any ‘me’ time during the day which causes their brain to just give in. Even if it’s just 5 minutes away from everything having a little sit down and a coffee. Time away will give you the chance to switch-off and go back to work with a fresh mind.
Keep your area ‘junk’ free – this is one of my biggest tips, a messy area leads to a messy mind which can interrupt your brain with the simplest of tasks. I always say at the end of the day straighten-up your desk before you leave so that when you arrive again in the morning you’re not coming back to a mountain of files and rubbish.
Do not multitask – one of the worst things when working is trying to multitask between two jobs. Nine times out of ten you’re not going to put your full capacity into either of the tasks because your head is in the other one. Make sure you only start one thing at a time or if there are several going on don’t switch between them. Fully complete one before moving onto the next.
Organise your files – we all know someone within our team who’s useless when it comes to this and can never find what they’re looking for. One of the easiest ways to keep your day stress-free is to have your files organised. Whether this be physical or electronically, keep everything together and name your files correctly – don’t just save them randomly and make sure they’re in the correct place for future reference.
Don’t compare yourself to others – this, I believe, is one of the most important points. Everyone is different and everyone works at different stages and paces so just because your colleague can get everything done in a flash it doesn’t mean you have to. Don’t get stressed out because you’re not the same as someone else, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.
I hope that this may have encouraged anyone who is normally not very organised to try and make their work life not only easier for themselves but also for their colleagues too.
“It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck. Do Better”
Stacey Barr is a Welcome Team Host at Mitie Client Services