How I stay organized

I wrote a post a few days back about how much our mood can be influenced by either strong or poor organization, and I thought I would offer some of my own tips for staying on track. These tips aren’t exactly groundbreaking in terms of how they function, but in case you’re in need of a bit of guidance in your efforts to improve your organization, perhaps these strategies will come in handy for you.

  1. Invest in a planner: Prior to beginning university, I was unaware of just how handy planners can be. I never used one until I started my post-secondary schooling, and I’ve been using one ever since. I prefer planners with large blocks of space for each day of the week so I have room to record any tasks I need to wrap up or approaching deadlines, and I tend to get mine from Chapters or Indigo when they’re on sale.
  2. Set deadlines: Something many of us struggle with is procrastination, so rather than allowing ourselves to fall behind in our responsibilities, try setting mental deadlines to keep yourself on track. Being aware of a time frame to complete a task can tremendously boost productivity, plus it reduces the possibility of us forgetting about something altogether.
  3. Use your time wisely: Perhaps this is the most obvious piece of advice I can offer to you, but it reverberates with truth. So often we find ourselves questioning where the time went, and before we know it, we only have a couple of hours to finish something off that requires more time to complete. By staying on track and using our time in the most effective way possible, we can quash any concerns about running out of time and ensure things are ready to go well before time runs out.

Staying organized doesn’t have to be a painful commitment. Figure out what works best for you and your schedule and go from there.

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