Do you know what differentiates those who are organized from those who aren’t?
Those who get things done on time and have tidy desks have chosen to develop good practices. Selecting good habits over bad ones really is a choice.
Emulate some of their good organizing habits and see what changes it makes to your productivity.
Have a plan. Decide what you want to accomplish and then develop a plan. Break it into small steps that are clear and measurable, otherwise, you will continue to procrastinate.
Give everything a home. Keeping similar items together does a few things. You’ll know where to look for something when you need it. You’ll know how much you have and when you need to restock and you can quickly put it away when you have finished with it.
Keep it simple. If you are a big list maker and it seems to keep getting longer, it’s time for a reboot. Eliminate everything that is not essential. If it’s been on your list for 3 months it probably doesn’t need to be done.
Write down everything. Our brains are not good holding places for our to-do list. You need one central list where tasks and appointments are entered. It doesn’t matter if it is paper or electronic. The important part is that there is only one gathering spot, you always have it with you and you use it.
Do something. The secret to getting things done is taking action. Even small steps will add up to big accomplishments. Inertia breeds chaos.
Don’t try to change all your habits at once.
Start with one or two and keep at it. When you slip back into your old ways, try again. If you keep repeating the new practice it eventually will become a habit which means you do it without thinking about it.