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When people usually think of organization it's very common for people to associate your home or spaces within your home such as a closet, pantry, bedroom, or garage with "getting organized."
While this is certainly one of the cornerstones in becoming organized in general – and a brilliant thing to do for your own sense of well-being and quality of life – it’s just as important to get your professional life organised, as well.
Here are just a few tips that you can use for getting your professional life better organized.
If you don’t have a good system in place for managing these tasks and obligations, it goes without saying that things are bound to become more complex than they need to, and that you will find yourself forgetting about important details, potentially missing deadlines, and just generally being far more stressed and on edge than you would otherwise be if you were actually on top of things.
Begin by using a planner and task management system so that you can properly track and process all of these tasks and responsibilities as they arise.
An interactive calendar app such as Google Calendar or Apple Calendar can be invaluable in this regard, and so can a task management system like David Allen’s famous “Getting Things Done” methodology.
Rather than being caught short at the last moment and needing to quickly scramble around trying to figure things out, make it a habit to plan and organize things in advance, and to keep the right tools available at all times. For example, at the end of each work day write out tasks that may need to be completed for the next day. This can minimize surprises. So, if you know in advance that you have to place a supply order like Laser Printer Checks, for example - then document that.
When everything has its place, and when you keep things properly arranged, accounted for, and in check, you have less to think and worry about. The system you’re surrounding yourself with “just works,” and so you can let go of a lot of mental stress and uncertainty, and can be more productive in other areas of your life. Simplicity is a great thing, and you should pursue it wherever you reasonably can.
That might mean being more selective with the responsibilities you take on at work, or it might just mean de-cluttering your desk so that there are fewer things in front of you during the working day to distract your attention.
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