5 organizing ideas that have helped me through and through

 

Our main focus and desire is to find a way to reduce the daily amount of stress and get more organized and efficient, both in the workplace and in our personal life. The truth is that our worse enemy is in fact ourselves. We are the ones that keep us from having a stress-free life. Once we embrace the steps required to get things done faster and easier, we’ll get rid of a huge amount of pressure we put on our mind and body. You can find a few ways to cope with this problem in the following lines:

 

 

  1. Get rid of the clutter.

The first major step you need to make when embarking on this lovely journey of being organized and happy is to get rid of all the things you don’t need anymore. If you take a look around your house or at your own work desk, I bet you’ll find at least 2 items that belong to the garbage.  

You can search for clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in ages. Also, take a look at used-up shampoo bottles or body lotions. I bet you have plenty of them that you’ve been saving for a future need that never came. The simple act of removing unnecessary items from your house has a positive effect on your overall health. You feel lighter, literally!

 

  1. Say ‘No’ from time to time

This is a tough one for all people because we are used to pleasing everybody without worrying about the effect caused by this on our own persona. If you accept more workload you’ll end up doing a bad job for each task you are given.

It’s more important to successfully complete one errand before moving one to the next one. Try this method instead. Every day make a list of your top priorities and see how much time you need in order to finish them. If you still have time for something extra, you can say ‘Yes’ as long as it won’t interfere with other aspects of your life.

 

  1. Avoid procrastination and deal with new paperwork exactly when needed.

You can reduce a ton of stress if you organize your paperwork instead of tossing your mail into a huge pile each time you receive it. If you make time to go through your mail and classify into different categories, depending on the emergency, you’ll see major improvements in your life. Just recycle the junk mail and group the rest of the envelopes according to what you must solve immediately.


 

  1. Make a plan for the day a night before

If you don’t plan things thoroughly the night before, you end up forgetting about appointments, run late, or forget to re-stock your fridge with fresh groceries. So, before going to bed, grab a pen and paper and make a list. You’ll start the morning more relaxed and you’ll be in a perfect mood all day long.

 

  1. Make time for yourself

Basically, this should be your main priority every single day. If you don’t make time for yourself, you’ll be so overwhelmed that you’ll end up feeling tired and irritated. Try to take small breaks of 30 minutes and read a book or enjoy a nice cup coffee or tea.

 

Simple tips on how to keep your workspace clean and tidy

According to numerous surveys, the number one enemy that prevents us from increasing our productivity is our messy work desk. You might be surprised, but it affects us so much that we don’t even realize how better results we would have if we cleaned it on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of this issue and make our life a whole lot better.

For example, we should find a proper storage place to put our files, pens, notes, and calculators in order. There are some work desks that come with drawers which are a great option. However, if your desk doesn’t have any, you should consider alternatives such as shelves or filing cabinets where you can stash those small items that are needed at the office.

 

 

Besides, you can get a closet that has shelves where you can put labeled boxes so you can have easy access anytime you want.

Another big step is getting rid of the things that you don’t need. The problem is that a messy desk actually takes time to build. In order to avoid the clutter, you should try this useful tip. Take a paper left on a desk and put in a box located near your desk. Do this with any item left and when you need it go to that box and get it. After a week, check to see if you still have items in the box and recycle them or put them in a labeled box in storage.

 

You can protect the environment and keep your desk tidy if you opt to print fewer emails, receipt, and other paper related to transactions.You can store them in your computer memory or use special programs where you can have full and non-stop access without having to waste so much paper.

We all know that, with the rise of technology, we are addicted to wires and cables. Every device we use needs to be plugged into a power outlet. Apart from the safety issues, these cables collect dust and make our desk look even messier. So, a great tip is to purchase rain gutters from the hardware store that you can affix to the back of your desk and let the cables and wires run through them.

 

 

Also, you can get decorative boxes or even shoe boxes and cut holes in their back area so that the plugs come out of the hole and go straight to the power source. If you get rid of these cables you can create a nicer and friendlier workplace.

As hard as it is, never eat at your desk. It’s a bad habit everyone has but its consequences are not so pleasant. By doing this, you leave crumbs and sticky finger marks all over your desk not to mention the bad odor. Therefore, eat your lunch in a designated area and leave your workplace for working tasks only.