Get Organized 101

Ever feel like you have one million responsibilities and no time to accomplish them?

First, take a breath.

Now, read these organization tips to prevent feeling so overwhelmed. These are just a few tasks that will help ease the burden long term.

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1.     Get a physical planner. This could help you visualize your day, week, and month. Make sure you write down the big events or project due dates you have. The physical planner is great because you can buy one that fits your style and decorate it however you like. Also, how great does it feel to cross off an item on your to-do list?

We love this planner.

2.     Want to go digital? We love Google Calendar. Google Keep, the iPhone Reminders app, Evernote, Awesome Note, or other checklist apps are great options as well. You can make daily to-do lists, weekly to-do lists, or any other notes you have. I make a daily checklist/schedule in Google Keep, including all my tasks for work, school, and even the gym and social activities. Again, you get that feeling of accomplishment from checking things off of your checklist!

3.     Set weekly priorities. Every week (I prefer Sunday), make a weekly priorities checklist so you know what to focus on.

4.     Prioritize daily. If you know you can’t finish everything you want to get done today, prioritize the most important things and readjust your to-do list. Tomorrow is a new day.

5.     Whether it’s your work project or your next philosophy essay, break down your big tasks into pieces and give yourself due dates for each part. I usually write the due dates in my planner so I can visualize when to get things done.

6.     Do what you can today to make tomorrow the least stressful it can be; figure out what outfit you want to wear, organize your to-do lists, and confirm your meetings.

7.     Make sure you schedule regular breaks throughout your day—it gets exhausting doing things back to back. Don’t forget to schedule in some you-time. You can set a timer to work for 90 minutes and then take a 30-minute break. Do what’s best for you.

8.     Keep your workspace organized. Spend a couple of minutes a day organizing your desk, cubicle, or whatever other workspace you use.

9.     Keep your computer documents organized. Spend the time categorizing your documents into easy-to-navigate folders and make sure you regularly organize them. This prevents wasting valuable time searching for a file.

10.  Back up your computer or transfer your documents to Google Docs, Dropbox, or any other document-storing platform regularly!

11.  Make the most out of your time. If you commute, you may want to use that time to check and reply to your emails or texts, organize your daily schedule, or check the news (I highly recommend The Skimm). You can also opt to read, meditate, or relax—whatever is best for you!

Stay focused, take breaks, and try to not worry too much (easier said than done, I know)—there are ways to make workloads manageable.

These are just a few of my tips. If you have your own, please share in the comments below!