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10 Rules of Organisation

Want to get Organised? Here's how I do it... 10 steps, 10 ways and 10 skills.

   1.  Organise your space 
Your space needs to be neat and tidy in order for you to have neat and tidy thoughts. Work stations should be as minimalistic as possible. Begin with getting rid of the stuff that you own that is not needed. I ask myself two questions when tidying: "Do I need this? Is this clutter?" The purpose of organisation is not just to be tidy but to easily be able to find and evaluate quickly. So..  clutter needs to hit that bin bag fast! Organised spaces will feel calm, open and welcoming. Remember reducing visual clutter prevents mental clutter.

   2.  Put things back in place

The dreaded phrase that my mother heavily implanted in my mind, as a child, but a technique that will definitely come at use when it comes to organisation. To prevent any lost items or any items from venturing to the rubbish, putting things back in an organised form will always come in handy. Invest in document wallets, ring-binder separators and even sticky notes. These three stationery items I utilise every day when it comes to sustaining organisation. Some document wallets are very plain and boring. So spice it up! If things are appealing to the eye; the more likely you will use it. My document wallet in the photo above is from Paperchase (£6-ish) and it sits pretty and florally on my desk.

   3.  Use a Calendar or Diary

Personally, I prefer diaries because they can travel alongside you. This cute purple and gold diary, again, is from Paperchase. It fits a perfect amount of information in for each day and looks cute and gorgeous in my handbag. Useful tip: When at home, keep it where you can see it. You will more than likely fill it with whatever you need to remember or do the following day when it is at arms length and eye-contact.

   4.  Use your smartphone apps!

Apple have done a great job in creating an interactive, organised phone with apps such as notes, a calendar and reminders. If you are forgetful, utilise the reminder tool! This will start to develop your memory as well. My most used apple app is notes. Whenever I see a word I don't know, which I do a lot being an English student, I write it down on a list and read them so that these words begin to sit in my mind. I also use it for building wish lists and writing down any useful thoughts. 

   5.  Make Lists.

Anything and everything that you need to remember for the day ahead should be written down. My mother has always told me that "the shortest pencil is better than the longest memory". She is right! To do lists, for an university student, are painful because they are excruciatingly long. However, when written down, you are more likely to remember and to actually do it. After all, there is nothing more satisfying then rubbing out something, that is done, off a list. 

   6.  Beat Procrastination

We are all renowned to stumble onto Twitter, then Instagram and then Facebook; realising it has, in fact, taken up 3 hours. How do you beat this? It is easy! Set yourself time frames. I have found if I need to take a break from an essay or some reading, if I set a timer, when doing so, I don't lose track of time. Don't spend too much time on tasks but also don't spend too much time on procrastinating. 

   7. Follow things through

Yes, I know you are all thinking 'I do these things but I can't seem to stick to it'. It is all well and good setting yourself timers to avoid procrastination and making to do lists but you have to discipline yourself to actually do these things. Remove distractions! Delete the social media apps until the essay is done or get someone to change your phone password or even just learn to ignore it. The iPhone has a great 'Do Not Disturb' setting. This will always help you to ignore your phone. I know! Because we all do need to see every notification that pops up! When it comes to the to-do-list, start with the most dreaded tasks first because the easiest things will be something to look forward to doing.

   8.  Multi-tasking

Try not to over complicate yourself but committing to too many tasks, however, multi-tasking is always advantageous. The best way to go around this tip is to complete tasks which don't need heavy thinking, at the same time. For example, load the dishwasher, send your emails whilst you wait for it to end and then un-fill it. 

   9.  Make more decisions

Failing to come to a decision is often the result of disorganisation. Take hold of decisions and solve them quickly. You will find yourself more confident in taking action and also results will be quicker. 

   10.  No situation is perfect! 

Last but not least! But ever so important! Try not to scrutinise yourself on perfection. Not everything is perfect! However, all my steps for keeping organised will make the best out of a situation. Investing in filing, tidying up your space and learning to discipline your mind are all key ways to stay organised!

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