“For entrepreneurs, ignorance is not bliss. It’s fatal. It’s costly. And it’s for losers. You either get organized, or get crushed.” – Donald J. Trump
If you want to increase your productivity and remain stress free in the process, then there are only three concepts that you really need to know. They are time management, how to prioritize and how to eliminate clutter. Read on to find out how you can leverage these concepts to benefit both your personal and professional lives.
The first thing you need to do is learn how to prioritize. Start by making a list of the things that need to be done on a daily basis. This can be general at first until you get the hang of it. Once you have your list in hand, look over the items and decide on an order of importance for each task. Now comes the hard part – deciding how much time it will take you to complete the tasks. This can be difficult because we are always underestimating the time it takes us to do things. Even those who are well versed in prioritizing will have times when they have drastically underestimated time.
Speaking of time, time management is also essential to developing and maintaining strong organizational skills. When you are assessing your task list and calculating the time for each task, you should also spend some time assessing how and where you waste time during the day. This can also be difficult because often there things outside of our control that affect how we make use of our time. If you work in an office then you may be distracted by co-workers or your boss. If you work at home or are a stay at home parent then you will have to be mindful of the time you spend your children or spouse. And one final thing to be wary of is procrastination – this is a huge time-suck. It can lead to added stress about not having time to get things done, and can lead to neutered productivity. By honing your project management skills you will find you are less stressed.
Eliminating clutter will also go a long way towards improving your productivity and lowering your stress level. By being more organized and keeping your things sorted then you will more easily be able to find what you are looking for, whether it’s that important client file your boss just asked for, or your child’s favourite toy. Keeping important items sorted and stored in storage lockers, file cabinets or storing your paperless office files virtually with online data storage companies in the cloud, being able to find and retrieve what you are looking for can be a great stress reliever. Not to mention how much extra room you will have to work and do other things!
By refining your organization skills it can help you reach your goals, reduce your stress and increase your productivity and efficiency. Put these principles to use today and you will be rewarded with a more fulfilling and stress-free tomorrow!