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Getting more organised

I have a let’s get more organised phase from time to time. 

So I spend a lot of time and effort putting systems/processes into place that will help me organise my time better.  It’s funny that I never seem to quite live them out, returning again and again to my own style of working, which, although I wouldn’t win any awards for organisation, has managed to get me down the road to where I’m at now. 

That’s not to say that I’m complacent about it because I’m not. On the contrary, I’m always ready to work that bit harder to improve how I deal with things daily.

Girls are better than guys.

So what have I learned about the organisation? Firstly, an organisation for the first person is disorganisation for the next. That perfect filing system you’ve created only has meaning to you – so that’s rule 1, it must be logical, but it can be your logic.  The next thing is (and please excuse me for saying this) men, on the whole, aren’t as well organised as women. Once upon a time, I would have argued against this statement, saying that all men and women are capable of being equally well organised. 

I had hoped that my experiences at work would prove this right; unfortunately, they have not. In fact, they have told me the opposite is probably true. So rule 2 make sure you’ve got someone around that will help you be organised. 

I’m always surprised at how quickly I slip back into bad habits, and I need someone there to regularly tell me which path to take.

Make Lists

I am the complete master of making lists. This is how I get through the day. I have a to-do list each time I sit down, and I try to just put around 6 items on there that I know I can achieve. 

If something significant needs to be dealt with, I may be thinking about creating a list that compartmentalises the one big task.  Lists help me in the middle of the night. Whenever I can’t sleep, it tends to be because I’ve woken up thinking about work or things that need to be done at home. 

Writing a list is an excellent way of taking the stress out of the situation and knowing where I’m heading with things. I suppose that’s why most large companies start to create meeting cultures.

Getting More Organised

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