Many of us struggle with organizational skills. Amidst all the hustle and bustle of life, forgetting tasks or responsibilities happens quite frequently. Over the years, I devised a system incorporating checklists which significantly improved my capacity for accomplishing goals. Now, I share this method on my blog, with the hopes that it assists anyone else in need of help.
Above is a screen capture of my desktop. I prefer a minimal and clean appearance, with no icons or busy wallpapers. As for my current desktop, it is from here. On the left side is a series of Stickies lists that help me keep on track. I update the list every week, and as each task is finished, I cross it off the list. At the end of the week, I clear out all the crossed-off tasks and type in new ones. It adds a sense of accomplishment when I do so, and this acts as a strange sort of motivation haha. Additionally, I keep track of the shows, books, and movies I want to watch or read for the week in my multimedia list. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I also keep a physical planner in which I write down all my tasks in great detail.
Another tip is to keep your email inbox as clutter-free as possible. To the left is a method I use for my business inbox, which is based in Google Mail. I store all relevant emails using these labels and delete the rest. When I label emails, I can quickly refer to them when I am making my task lists. I have easy access to due dates, bills, project files, and commission info from my clients. At times, I send emails to myself when I find a useful website while browsing on my cell phone; I keep those stashed under notes. It keeps everything at my fingertips!
Here are some other tricks you may use to stay organized:
- Carry a pen and small notepad at all times.
- Try to keep a tidy home/work environment.
- Smartphones have some amazing organizational apps.
With all this being said, I must get going and actually do the things on my task list. Blog posts to write, and commissions to draw – yes, yes. Ciao for now!
If you have any more tips and tricks on staying organized and on top of things, leave them down below!