It’s normal for life sometimes to feel chaotic and overwhelming. But when you’re swamped, whether professionally or personally (or both), the best piece of advice we have for you is to get organized! Simply follow these tips.
Build a To-Do List
When you are super-busy, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of everything you need to do in your head. The easiest way to organize your thoughts is to create a single actionable to-do list. This way, you can put everything you have to do down onto paper. Just make sure the list includes smaller tasks that may otherwise fall through the cracks.
Complete Tasks One at a Time
When you have a long to-do list, it’s easy to jump from task to task as your mind goes to it. Rather than starting a bunch of tasks but not finishing any of them, force yourself to complete tasks one at a time. You’ll find this is much more fulfilling, especially as you begin checking off items from your to-do list entirely.
Start Your Morning Right
The first thing you do when you come into the office should be planned. In other words, don’t allow your day to tell you where to go or what to do. Instead, take control and organize each step – down to your coffee breaks. When you have a clear plan for the day, you’re more likely to stay with it.
Don’t Overwork Yourself
When you’re busy, working overtime often feels like the only solution for getting everything done. This is a mistake. Giving yourself that much-needed mental break will instead set you up for a more productive day.
Keep Your Area Clean
A cluttered workspace leads to a cluttered mind. For this reason, keep your workspace (and home) clean. When the areas around you are organized, it can be more motivating for you to get started on that to-do list.
The most important step of this process is to give your work your all. If you work half-heartedly to accomplish things from your to-do list, you’re essentially just adding to the work rather than staying on top of it. So when you’re particularly busy, focus on the tasks at hand.