Find out how to stay organised in life and business
Does your home or work life seem chaotic to you? Feeling disorganised is not only frustrating because you feel like there is never enough time in a day. In turn, this can hinder your productivity and even impact your health. Luckily, there are many strategies you can use to stay organised in life and business. It comes down to routine, mindful planning, and really taking the time to look after your wellbeing, as well as the business side of things. So stay tuned, because we’re sharing some of our top organisational tips with you!
Start each day with a morning routine
If you haven’t heard it before, we’ll fill you in now. Morning routines that get your day off to a great start are the key to being an effective person. A positive routine to start the day usually consists of exercise (breathing exercises count too), a nutritious packed breakfast, a cold shower, and even taking a few minutes of reflective time for yourself.
Not only does a workout in the morning mean, you start by ticking something off your to-do list, but it also helps boost your metabolism, energy levels and cognitive ability throughout the day. Similarly, eating a healthy breakfast means you’ll be more likely to stick with healthy foods for the rest of the day. Our self-control declines as the day progresses, so starting the day right and with as much energy as possible. This helps us win the battle of maintaining self-control.
Set daily goals
Life goals are important, but most of us won’t achieve them if we don’t break them down into bite-sized pieces. We often get excited about a new achievement, but when it comes to working towards it, we can’t help but be daunted by its size and start to procrastinate. Setting smaller, more actionable daily goals makes larger ones seem much more achievable.
Batch similar tasks
Working on similar tasks at the one time is a highly-effective time management tool. For example, if you have a few errands to run, it makes sense to get them all done while you’re out and about. Additionally, you should designate particular times of the day for catching up on emails, rather than giving your attention to each one as it comes in. You’ll have better focus on the task at hand and won’t be as likely to miss things.
Take regular breaks
This is a biggie! Many people fall into the trap of thinking they are more productive if they work non-stop, without pausing for breaks. But in fact, the opposite is true. It’s believed that frequency is the most critical aspect of taking pauses and that it’s important to find your rhythm. Although, research suggests that taking a recess somewhere in the range of every 50-90 minutes is ideal.
You should also ensure that these rest times adequately shift your attention away from your work. For example, if you work at a computer all day, pauses need to consist of screen-free time to feel the maximum benefit.
Know when to switch off
If we don’t learn when to disengage our brains from work or chores, it can interfere with other important aspects of our lives – like the quality of our relationships, sleep and health. Technology can certainly help us be more productive. However, it also means we are plugged in 24/7 and are multi-tasking far too often. According to research at Stanford University, ‘single-tasking’ is the key to productivity, rather than multi-tasking.
It’s important to designate time at the end of each work day to switch off with an unwinding habit. Perform simple tasks towards the end of your work time and tidy your workspace. Leave work behind and continue to relax as the evening progresses. This will help ensure you sleep well and wake up nice and fresh.
Outsource work if needed
It can be hard to delegate when you believe you could do it better yourself – that’s an easy trap to fall into. The thing is, even if you can do everything better yourself, you don’t necessarily have the time to do so. After all, it could be at the peril of growing your business or keeping your priorities in check. Learning when to delegate or outsource work can really take the organisation of your life and business to the next level.
If you’ve been leading a chaotic life for a while, it might be too much to implement all of these strategies at once. Try starting with one like the morning routine, and adding a new one to your lifestyle each week. You’ll be amazed at how much more time you seem to have in a day and how much more satisfied you feel by staying organised!
At Easy Consulting, our days are so well structured that we always get the most out of each day from following these simple tips. If you’d like to outsource social media marketing, or SEO to a respected company, we’re it. Call us today on 0452 527 992 and let us know what you’re needing done.