New Years Resolution: Tips to Get Yourself Organised for December 2016

Being organised can help you finish tasks quicker - so you have more time for the fun things in life. Now, it's that something you want to be proud of having achieved in the New Year?

Becoming more organised clears the brain and allows you to complete tasks more effectively. It helps with relaxation and confidence and builds a routine. Instead of your schedule controlling you, you’ll be in control. It’s important to note that being organised is a process and can’t be achieved in one day. By following these tips, you’ll be as organised as you need to be.

The first step is to start off with your desktop, which can either be your laptop or tablet. Create a series of labelled folders on the PC and label each according to categories. If you’re a bit more traditional and prefer using pen and paper, a good way to deal with it is by purchasing cardboard folders and labelling them. That's just one great tip. What are some more? Read on to learn how to be organised this year.

The best dairies to get you organised

Paperchase A5 Week To View Dreamscape Fox 2015 Diary
ASOS
Paperchase A5 Patchwork Paris 2015 Diary
ASOS
Long Range Planner A4
David Jones
Mum's Family Calendar 2015
Angus & Robertson

The best books for organising yourself

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Booktopia
It's Your Monday - Avoid Costly Mistakes
Booktopia
The Power of Now
Booktopia
Delicious Love to Eat: Around the World in 120 Si...
Angus & Robertson
The Art Therapy Colouring Book
The Book Depository
Thinking, Fast and Slow
The Book Depository

The best motivational movies (because, everyone needs a motivating movie to get them going)

Groundhog Day / Stripes
DVDLand
It's a Wonderful Life / White Christmas
DVDLand
The Intouchables
DVDLand
Rocky
DVDLand
Into the Wild
DVDLand
Food Inc
DVDLand

Best online retailers to help you get organised

the hutbookvistaprint
The Hut is a large online retailer based in the UK that sells men’s and women’s clothing, home entertainment and a selection of health products. It sells its products worldwide.This is a UK company that sells fiction and non-fiction books in all topics, from art subjects to travel. It also sells stationery and greetings cards.This is an Australian-based company that sells stationery and designs and prints business cards and invitations for various purposes. It also sells clothing, such as t-shirts and hats.
uobooktopiadeals direct
Urban Outfitters is an international store that ships to Australian addresses. It sells men’s and women’s clothing and homeware, including furniture and room accessories. It also stocks stationery.Booktopia is an Australian bookstore that sells Australian stories, fiction and non-fiction books. DVDs, audiobooks and eBooks.DealsDirect is an Australian online store that sells a great range of products, including clothes for men, women and children, homeware products and stationery.

Having these items can help you keep a record of the tasks you intend to do and when they must be done. Each time a task is completed cross out each finished task. You'll feel far more organised and it'll give you a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

As a result of being more organised, you'll likely notice yourself becoming be more focused and goal orientated and you’ll find that your work clutter is reduced allowing you more space to reach your professional and personal goals.

Are you ready to start accomplishing more? Here are 10 ways to be organised.

  1. Write down the three most important tasks. A good way to start the day is by writing down the three most important tasks that should be completed by the end of the day.
  2. Select a place where you can write these tasks down. This could be your iPad, tablet or mobile phone.
  3. Complete the previous tasks by the end of the day. If you can’t finish everything on your list, make sure you rollover these tasks to the next day.
  4. Finish each task one by one. As you complete each task, make sure you're satisfied with the outcome before you go to the next. Part of being organised is the feeling of satisfaction at the end of each day.
  5. Use your time on things that are useful. Between working on two tasks, prioritise the one which is most useful to you. This will teach you how to prioritise.
  6. Find a convenient place for everything. Put everything in an easily accessible place and remember where you put it. This is a great step to being organised.
  7. You don’t need to do all the tasks yourself. You can ask a trustworthy person to help you with certain tasks - but only if they’re not busy too. For example, organising your finances can be done with your partner.
  8. Tick off any completed tasks. Whenever you’ve finished a task, make sure you physically or digitally tick them off your list as it gives you a sense of accomplishment.
  9. Don’t give up if you don’t reach your daily task target. The worst thing you can do is give up your deadlines. This does not only lead to disorganisation, but can take you longer to get back on the task.
  10. Have a holiday or take a break. After a few weeks, when everything has gone well and you have a more organised life, reward yourself with a break. Take a long weekend and when you do, make sure to spend some time to reflect on your successes.

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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