We All Struggle with Staying Organized Sometimes - How to get Back on Track
October 18, 2016
Good organization skills are key to being successful and accomplishing all your goals on time. We asked some of the busiest members of The PRactice for their best tips on how to stay on top of their work and minimize the stress!
“The one simple rule I follow to stay organized is to write everything down. I’m a huge supporter of using a planner, because I know that if I didn’t have one I would never be able to organize all my schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and free time. Writing things down allows me to have a visual representation of what I need to accomplish. It’s easier than trying to sort everything in my head, and if I write it down I’m much less likely to forget something,” said account associate Sydney Seymour.
Account associate Christina Palmer agrees with Sydney about writing everything down. She explained, “I always put a Post-it note on my computer by the mousepad. Since I usually use my computer multiple times during the day, that reminder is there to tell me what I need to get done.”
To add to Sydney and Christina’s tips, account associate Courtney Ward gave us a whole list of her best strategies:
Simplify - Categorize your planner or calendar with color coding
Keep a To-Do list - List everything that needs your attention with the due dates. It is easier to prioritize what needs to be accomplished first
Take control of your time and prioritize - Time management is a major skill in staying organized. If you plan your time accordingly, you will be checking off your To-Dos in no time
Put things where they work for you - Know your schedule and know what you can do in the amount of time you have. Do not overbook yourself.
Make it visual - If you see it, you will work harder to do it. Mark it on your calendar or post it on a sticky note. Remind yourself to keep pushing forward.
Additionally, account associate Jess Rodziewicz shared how she keeps from procrastinating: “One of my biggest struggles has been with procrastination. I would always put things off until they absolutely needed to be done. However, one thing that I started doing was making myself get all my work/errands/household duties done before I allowed myself any type of leisure time. By doing this, I would give myself an incentive to finish all of my priorities first and then enjoy my free time after those were all completed. By doing this, I would have plenty of time to get all of my obligations done and would not be scrambling to finish last second. Then I would be free to have time to myself to watch netflix, take a long bath, go get dinner with friends etc. without worrying and stressing about all my obligations that I needed to still get done. Win-win scenario!”
Although every organizational tip is helpful in some way, they do not always work for everyone. So, here is a little advice: we cannot always be as organized as we hoped. We will not complete every task we set in the beginning. Assignments, due dates, and ideas change constantly. No matter how organized we hope to be or start off as, one thing we must remember is to just “Embrace the Chaos.” Be ready for that unexpected change in your schedule. Be ready for life’s crazy moments; success will follow.