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At work, we all have our strengths and our weaknesses. Maybe you’re full of creativity but you’ve never made it into the office on time. Maybe you’re the world’s greatest salesperson but you couldn’t do your accounts if your life depended on it. And for many people, their greatest weakness is their organisational skills. It can be hard to get yourself completely organised at work – but when you manage it, it’ll feel incredible. Here are a few tips that might just help you out…
Start The Day Off Right
At the beginning of the day, it’s time to get organised for the rest of the day. Skidding into work late and immediately starting on your huge pile of work is stressful and not a smart option. Instead, get in ten minutes early and start making lists of what exactly you should do over the day. This means that you’ll be able to prioritise your tasks more easily and do them in the right order so that they’re all finished on time. You should also make sure that you have plenty of extra time scheduled for any unexpected hiccups that might arise.
Tech can definitely help you to stay organised – from using Outlook to invite people to events to using meeting management software to coordinate all your work meetings, creating a calendar on your computer can absolutely make you aware of what you have to do every day so that it’s easier to figure out how to get through it.
Reduce Your Meeting Times
A lot of the time, meetings can take up huge portions of the day. We’ve all had those meetings where we’re sitting around in too-hot meeting rooms and wishing that people would just stop asking questions and giving long winded answers so that we can just get back to our tasks for the day. Make sure that only people who need to be there are invited to meetings, and try to make them shorter by standing up instead of sitting down throughout.
Schedule Regular Breaks
You might feel pressured to spend every single second of your working day staring intently at your computer screen but it’s actually much healthier and more organised to schedule regular breaks. Not only will you have something to look forward to while working but it’ll also help to clear your head and separate tasks off from each other. You’ll also find that it’s easier to be creative when your mind is wandering as you get a cup of coffee or go to look out of the window.
Break Down Big Projects
If you’re not great at organising yourself, big projects can seem a whole lot harder, more stressful, and more complicated than they really are. You might not know where to start, which means you might just give up before you’ve even started. That means that you need to try to break down the project into smaller and more manageable chunks. First of all, break it into a beginning, a middle and an end, so you know what order you’re going to do the project in. Then plan out what you intend to work on each day.