Many of us struggle with organizational skills, especially at work, and not being organized can be overwhelming. Still if you struggle with being organized, there are plenty of tips that can help. Getting in the habit of being (and staying!) orderly is undoubtedly a learning process, but with good tips and commitment, it’s possible. Good organization has been shown to help avoid stress and increase the amount of work completed. Here are a few key tips to help you get started.

Have a Place for Everything

It would help if you had a specific spot for each of your belongings and the devices you need to complete your job. When every object has a specific space, you will keep track of where everything is and eliminate the need for any frantic searching for what you need. Sometimes, not having a place to put things can result in clutter and make it easier to lose some things. While it may be easier to leave objects in random space, it is essential to get into the habit of remembering to put things back where they belong after you’re done using them.

Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need

This tip may vary from person to person. Some work well with a messy desk, while others cannot function without cleanliness. It’s important to take time out of your week to look over everything you have on your desk and get rid of what you no longer need or use. While weekly may sound much too frequent, you may find that much of the clutter that accumulates is random junk or small items not in their respective places. Doing this will help you declutter your desk and workspace of excess and help you work more productively.

Make Lists

Look at your priorities for the upcoming week or even the month, and make lists for priorities. Doing this will allow you to hold yourself accountable and remind yourself what needs to be done. Also, make sure to keep lists in a place you check often or somewhere it is easily visible.

Have Good Time Management

Something beneficial when working on tasks is to start with complex tasks first. When you begin, your energy is at its highest, and work that is not that much of a priority can easily be saved for a later time. Also, make sure your surrounding area is quiet so you stay more focused and you can accomplish your tasks.

Keep a Calendar or Planner Handy

Keeping a planner or calendar filled out with all your duties and activities is important to avoid possible scheduling conflicts. It also helps you plan out your days and how long you should spend on each task. It is never a good idea to go off of memory; even keeping a small planner or notepad at handwriting important details will be much more effective. This also keeps you organized and helps you map out a time frame if you have multiple projects due around the same time.

Take a Break

To complete tasks takes energy, so it’s essential to take small breaks that help you boost. Running low on energy may make it harder for you to finish more challenging activities, and towards the end, you may find yourself slacking off or getting easily distracted. Taking breaks allows you to recharge so that you can end just as efficiently as you started.

Get Rid of Distractions

It’s important to get rid of distractions so that you stay focused. Take your phone, for example; it constantly blows up with notifications that may cause you to become easily distracted and waste time. A good solution would be to silence it or put it in a place where you know it will not distract you.

Begin Good Habits

It will take a lot of practice, time, and consistency to develop these habits to become organized, so patience is vital. However, start making these habits a routine, and don’t be discouraged if you don’t succeed at a certain habit right away. You can help push yourself to continue by working on accomplishing small goals, finding someone that can keep you accountable, and rewarding yourself.