Productivity

10 Ways To Be More Organised

I’m a very organised person. I run a lifestyle blog that’s really just a thinly disguised brainwashing mechanism to get as many people to colour co-ordinate their socks as humanly possible. My house is almost always visitor ready and my handbag looks like a fake movie handbag with six tiny items in it and zero rubbish. I also tend to organise other people’s stuff when I’m their houses. I’m very annoying.

how to be more organised

It’s a common misconception that organised people are born that way and it’s simply not true. I was a very messy teenager and if I’m travelling and have no where permanent to put my things, I can regress back to my Cyclone Carly days quite quickly. For the most part though, I’ve trained myself to enjoy order, minimalism and cleanliness and I’m totally convinced that anyone can do it. I think we’d all like to be more organised (even me!) so I thought I’d knock together a list of things that organised people do every day…

They write things down

If you ask an organised person to do something for you, chances are they’ll write it down immediately. Get a diary or day planner and write down your appointments so you don’t forget where you need to be and when.

They believe that now is as good a time as any

Organised people rarely put things off. If there’s washing to be done, they’ll jump up and get it done. Organised people rarely run out of clean underwear. Get things done and get them done quickly.

They empty their inbox every night

An inbox full of unanswered emails is the Achilles heel of the organised. Reply immediately to what you can, file away any emails that require a more intense response and only check your emails twice a day. Never go to bed with a pile of un-dealt with emails.

close up hands man writing on diary and smartphone

They know their own work cycle patterns

An organised person won’t waste an afternoon working on a difficult mathematical task when they know they’re better at things like physical labour in the afternoons. Organised people understand their work patterns and use it to their advantage. If you know your brain is a little cloudy in the afternoon, don’t leave your complicated task for the afternoon. Do them first thing in the morning and perhaps run errands or have meetings in the afternoons.

They clear their work space

Organised people have enough room on their desk to get their work done in a timely manner. Clear your desk of anything unnecessary and keep it that way. It can be tempting to have your desk decorated with clusters of knick knacks but a clear workspace is much more conducive to productive work.

They plan

An organised person starts thinking about their next activity well before the appointed time for that activity. If you have to go straight to a dentist appointment after work, have a think ahead about how to make that run smoothly. You might like to pack your travel toothbrush to give your teeth a quick brush before you go. What time do you have to leave to get there in time? Where will you park? Do you need coins to pay for the parking meter? Just thinking about the tasks you need to complete before you start rushing off to complete them will make an enormous difference to your day.

They make decisions quickly

Organised people don’t labour on decisions. They know that the lunch they eat today is unlikely to be their last meal ever so they pick a salad and get on with it. Don’t waste time trying to decide between the dark blue t-shirt and the light blue t-shirt because it actually doesn’t matter.

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They have rituals

Organised people have habits and rituals that they go through every day. If you do the same things to get ready in the morning, every morning it will make the task of getting out the door much more seamless and pain-free.

They embrace imperfection

Being organised doesn’t mean being a perfectionist. It means doing the best you can, with what you have. Don’t get bogged down in making sure everything is 100% the way it should be. Organised people know that done is better than perfect.

They remain optimistic

Organised people don’t see road blocks. They won’t drop their bundle the second something doesn’t got their way. Remain positive and flexible and you’ll be more organised in no time.

Are you an organised person? Does it come naturally to you? Or do you have to work at it?

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29 Comments

  1. Sara | Kid Magazine 4 years ago

    Good tips and good to know there is hope for me yet!

  2. denvergalea 4 years ago

    I’m definitely a very organised person and do most of the things you list here. I think I’ve always been pretty organised and tidy, it does come naturally – I’m always just pottering around fixing things up. The trouble is my partner is very untidy and unorganised… so my challenge is being an organised person who lives with an unorganised person. 😉

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      My partner is very tidy but he’s a bit of hoarder so we have very neat piles of crap everywhere. I’m working on him though… I will crack him.

  3. hugzillablog 4 years ago

    Yes, I sense we are kindred spirits here too. I’m not overly pendantic about things, but I do have a natural lean towards pragmatism and “swallowing the frog” and just doing it. It’s the Capricorn in me I guess.

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      I believe we are also kindred spirits. I mean you’re going to have to wash up eventually – why not just do it now?

  4. Anna Buckley 4 years ago

    Couldn’t agree more. I too was a very messy teenager…people can change!

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      I know! My mum has to get over it. She still tells people how messy I am!

  5. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid 4 years ago

    I do most of these things apart from make decisions. I swear I’m getting more indecisive the older I get. I’m a planning ninja and pen and paper are two of my favourite friends, if I didn’t write things down I wouldn’t know if I was Arthur or Martha. Or Sam for that matter!

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      I’m very switched on. It’s completely exhausting but I can’t live my life any other way. I need everything in it’s spot and I need to double check everything too!

  6. merilyn 4 years ago

    THANKYOU SMAGS! <3 … hun I need all the help I can get! and you are perfect for the job of training moi!
    I am improving slowly! but heaps of room for improvement!
    baby steps here! … in therapy! love m:)X

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      Ha! Excellent! It is all about the baby steps! x

  7. Tick. Tick. Tick… Dare I say it? I think I might be an organised person!

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      After staying in your Smaggle approved digs on the weekend I’m giving you a giant A+++ for organisation. The highest possible praise!

  8. I’m a work in progress, it’s the starting that I find hard but once I’m in there it’s done quickly. I do write stuff and empty inbox every day – actually every hour so maybe that’s counter productive!

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      I can’t sleep if my inbox is cluttered – I need to have it all clean. It usually takes an hour a day to sort it out but it’s worth it for my brain!

  9. Jess 4 years ago

    I love this! And proud to say that I tick off 9/10 things! I don’t make decisions that quickly…I can get stuck in the details too much. Also, I am keen to declutter a bit, I have these annoying pockets of crap around my house!

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      Oh awesome! I’m in the process of downsizing our dumping station. The rest of our house is under control but the dumping station is the worst!

  10. Tash 4 years ago

    I am an Organised person, although the I need to write more things down more ofte

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      I write everything down otherwise I forget what I’m doing – evernote is my saviour. I use it every day!

  11. Tash 4 years ago

    Often… iPad issues!

  12. dashoftonic 4 years ago

    Most people I know think I’m more organised than I actually am. I do most of the things on the list but maybe not in such an orderly fashion.

    I was a messy teenager too…never allowed to live it down. My family still think I’m ‘that’ girl.

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      Me too! I borrowed my aunties car in Canberra and my mum warned her that my car is a mess… and yes it was… 15 years ago!!! It’s great now. Jeez…

  13. Fluffy 4 years ago

    You had me until ‘they embrace imperfection’…. 😉

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      Carly Jacobs 4 years ago

      It’s so true! I promise! I’m so organised but I do let a lot things go… I couldn’t cope otherwise!

  14. Emma83 4 years ago

    I started working a couple of weeks ago for a start up company and ideas to get more clients and what we could do to make the company run smoother come to me at any time day or night so I keep a small notebook with me at all times so I can write the idea down to run pass my boss the next day. Then at work I keep another small notebook in my handbag if I think of something I need to do at home whether its changing the cats drinking water to calling the bank. I have a terrible memory so I find these notebooks are a lifesaver.

  15. Finally something to start with in order to be more organised! It is well said but when you have to take action it is sometimes harder than it seems. I guess it depends on how dedicated you are and willing to stop wasting your time and efforts!

  16. Raelle 4 years ago

    I’ve got this one booked marked! haha.. Thanks again for your amazing ‘Little Blog Big’ workshop in Melbourne over the weekend. Lots of fab tips on not just blogging and social media posting but awesome ideas to help me get my business more organised and streamlined. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any upcoming workshops and sending my employees, your knowledge is invaluable for building a successful productive work environment. Thank you Carly! Feeling super motivated ? Rae

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