What is Personal Organisation

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Jennifer Robson
6 July 2016

Personal organization is the process of organizing your life so you can be more efficient with your time and skills.
If you are disorganized you can feel cluttered and confused, and ultimately you may become overwhelmed. 
With personal organization, you can manage your day with ease.  We have compiled some tips and tricks to help you to get and stay organized; 
MOST IMPORTANT TASKS.
Write down your 3 most important tasks for the day – tick them off as you complete them
YOUR CALENDAR IS YOUR BEST FRIEND!
Use your calendar for everything, and I mean everything. 
* Household chores
* Events
* Birthdays
* Appointments
You can colour code your calendar to help you prioritize what’s important to you and be balanced each day.  Also remember to factor in travel time. 
KEEP A NOTEBOOK OR DEVISE TO CAPTURE YOUR THOUGHTS
ORGANIZING YOUR WARDROBE
Make rules about what your keeping and what your throwing away.  For example when clearing out my wardrobe I only keep the things that
1. I wear regularly
2. Or I use for special events such as weddings
3. Are the right size for me
4. Are not damaged or stained
Everything else gets donated or recycled
Bonus tip: use the same type of coat hangers throughout your wardrobe so your clothes do not get caught up in one another and you can quickly and easily see what you have got. 
LEAVE PLENTY OF TIME FOR SORTING
It takes longer than you think to sort through personal papers so put the kettle on make some space and don’t commit to any other activities for at least an hour. 
REMOVE CLUTTER RATHER THAN CREATING EXTRA STORAGE SPACES
Your goal should be to remove the clutter, not create more storage space
IF IT’S GOING SOMEWHERE PUT IT IN THE CAR
Anything that needs to go somewhere should be in your car
ORGANISING EACH ROOM
When organizing your room
Sort everything into five piles:
1. Move to another room,
2. Donate,
3. Give to a specific person,
4. Throw away, and, finally,
5. Not sure storage box
Label the box with a date 6 months from today.  If you never open the box before that date, you can safely discard those items. 
PUT IT AWAY NOW
The single, simplest thing I do to stay personally organized is to put whatever tool, item, clothing, bag, hairbrush etc., away immediately after using it.
DELEGATE
Learn to trust people with critical tasks in all areas of your life. When you learn to effectively delegate tasks you actually find that it is easier to keep the stuff you cannot delegate better organized.
Bonus Tips
* Do one thing at a time.
* Do it now.
* Make use of the word no 
Some of the biggest benefits of being organized include a sense of achievement and watching seemingly large problems become manageable. Today take a notepad and make a list of all the tasks you're going to delegate to someone else in your household.  Look at the space immediately in front of you, what items can you put away in their proper places right now? Do it.  What items in front of you should be taken somewhere? collect them together and put them in the car.  Now come back in take a deep breath, sit down in the area you have cleared and think about which room you will tackle next.
Over the next few days work through each room in your house putting things away in their proper places. Get rid of things that are broken or you no longer use. Make a list of things you need to help you stay organised such as drawer dividers, or hooks. Schedule some time in your calendar to go purchase these things and then install them. How much better do you feel now everything is tidy and you have space to live and work?
What are your best tips for personal organisation? Mine is a to-do list broken down into categories of home, legal, personal, errands, shopping and work. Members can head over to the community boards now and share your tips for personal organisation.
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