New Year’s resolution: Tips to get yourself organised for 2018

Being organised can help you finish tasks quicker so you have more time for the fun things in life. Now, what'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.

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Best online retailers to help you get organised

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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.
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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

Stef is the Travel Editor at and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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