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Why Can’t You Get Organised?

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

We all know them – the super organised. These people seem able to get everything done – how do they do it?

Most people have the feeling that they need to be a little more disciplined or organised but they fall at the first hurdle when they try to emulate a super organiser who has taken years of trial and error to hone the craft.

However, a few tweaks will really help – so here are a few tips to get you on your way.

  1. Figure out what stops you. Do you hop between tasks? Are you a perfectionist? Do you thrive on last-minute pressure? Reflect on what gets in the way of being organised before you decide to change it.
  2. Get it all out. Free up headspace for more impactful thinking by recording every commitment or ‘to-do’ – personal and professional – on one list, whether on an email, in a notebook or on your phone. Putting it all in one place ensures that nothing gets forgotten.
  3. Adopt the 24-hour reply rule. Get into the habit of replying to emails within 24 hours. It’ll greatly increase team productivity and ultimately reduce the number of irrelevant messages you receive.
  4. Do, delegate or defer. If action is required and it’ll take less than two minutes, do it straight away. If you’re not the right person to deal with it, delegate. And if it requires more of your time, defer it with a specific time for completion and a concrete ‘next action’.
  5. Aim for the 10%. If you were on top of everything you could possibly do, you would not be stretching yourself enough. But don’t give up before you’ve begun: aim to be 10% ahead of the curve and you’ll feel on top of the world.