Do you wish you were organised?
This post is for those of you that answered yes or for those of you that like a freebie!
Not being organised in any aspect of your life has a detrimental affect on you, your productivity, your creativeness and your business. We probably all know and accept this but when you are an artist or crafter it can feel impossible to organise, as we are, by nature unorganised individuals. I also know there are exceptions to every rule!
I have taught myself how to be organised (for the most part) and I know you can do it too. The most important thing is you have to want it and accept change; which again is maybe something us arty types struggle with. I consider myself clumsy, yes, but very organised. Overly organised even! When I was a teacher I was known for being excessively organised and taught other teachers how to adapt my methods to work for them. Giving ideas on how to plan, to apply strategies and to reflect. Now I still have to be super organised as I work in a family room and not a designated craft space but I am organised in almost every aspect of my life and it does not have to be time consuming. Honestly!
I am going to give you my top 2 tips to start you on a journey to being organized. Today we will keep it simple and I will create future posts, building on this. It would be great if you could give this a go and let me know how you get on. Let me know where you struggle and how I can help.
The most important thing to remember is, this must work for you and you will probably try a few different things before you find exactly what does work for you.
So number one: Clear your work area.
Again, keep it simple and just clear your desk, find a home for everything so you know where it is. Get into the habit of clearing it at the end of every project. It will help to motivate you and focus on the new project. Now I know you are going to say that you work on several projects at once. Well keep the items for each project in a file, box or basket, whatever you like to keep them separate. The key here is organize and not minimalize. This will also help to keep you productive and motivated.
So number two: Plan and Plan-to-Plan.
This is a 2-part action and for me is the most important step to being organised. If it is not written down, I will not do it as I have a memory span of a gold fish. First make a brief plan, on a Sunday evening or Monday morning of your week. Include, appointments and other essential tasks for the week. The second part, and again we are keeping this simple, is to spend 5 minutes each morning or evening to plan the ‘must do’ tasks for the day ahead. This must be something that works for you but do this in some type of book, planner, notebook or diary; most importantly, keep it safe. This habit should include as much as you want it to. It can be something generic; work on Garden themed Journal or more specific; complete 6 tags for journal. And add things that you know will get done. It always feels good to tick things off that list!
To help you with this step, I have added a free planner page to the Downloads section of my website. This is for your personal use, stick it in your notebook and use it to help you plan each day.
Thanks so much for reading this and I hope you have been able to relate and feel motivated to organise.