Monday, 2 June 2014

5 Easy Ways to Organise Your Life

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So it's Monday again (please be kind!) which means I'm back on the caffeine and the daily grind- the fun parts (writing, researching and scheduling blog posts) and the not so fun parts (my actual, bill-paying job). Part of the reason I started blogging again was because I had made enough changes in getting organised that I felt I could take it on. I was thinking this morning about these changes, the thing's that make it a little bit easier to get out of bed and crack on with the day, even after a late one when your head is fuzzy. Grab a cuppa and have a read...

1. Sort out your personal email folder. I use a fantastic tool called unroll.me, and it literally has saved my inbox. You can unsubscribe from all your newsletters, and combine the ones that are useful to you. I 'roll up' about 15, and have unsubscribed from all the rest (100+). 

2. Capture your ideas. The best investment I made this year was in a premium Evernote subscription. I use the Secret Weapon to categorise all my emails as they come in, and it has not only increased my productivity, but my stress levels are way down. When I wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea, I can chuck it on my Evernote and know it won't be forgotten.

3. De-clutter. Wherever possible, I try to make my stuff 'accessible', not material. I limit hoarding books and papers and CDs- I have accounts where I store all my stuff, and I photograph everything I want to keep from magazines and newspapers and then store them on my computer.

4. Keep a calendar. Whatever works for you. Personally I like Google calendar for it's reminders and ability to add other people to your invites.

5. Get up earlier. On a hair wash day, I need half an hour to get ready. I actually get up an hour before I need to leave, so I can remain stress free, wander around drinking coffee and reading emails. It's one of my favourite times of day. It takes a while to get used to but is so worth it!

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