Organised people are not necessarily born that way, but they harness a variety of simple tools and methods to stay in control.
It doesn't need to be complicated to have a huge impact. Follow these five simple rules and you are already on your way.
One: write things down
Always keep a notepad and pen or post-it notes handy particularly by your bed. When you are lying in bed at night and suddenly remember things that are playing on your mind, you can scribble them down to deal with the next day.
Two: use tools
Organised people don't possess super skills; they rely on diaries, reminders, birthday and anniversary calendars, labels, post-its, menu planners and increasingly apps and technology. Set reminders on your phone and use pop-up banners, notifications and electronic post-it notes. Break down tasks into to-do lists and action points so you can keep track of what has been ticked off.
Three: don’t procrastinate
The old saying “don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today” really does ring true.
Four: be decisive
Organised people do not procrastinate or overthink a situation. Make a decision and stick with it.
Five: clear things out regularly
As soon as a project or piece of work is finished, discard any unwanted paperwork. Clear out drawers and wardrobes when they are getting full and limit your storage. Don’t be tempted to buy a new filing cabinet or cupboard to create more room, just restrict yourself to keeping only what will fit in the existing space.