Simple Tips for Being Organised

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.

Tracie x

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Simple Tips for Being Organised

  1. Chantale Lepage July 16, 2018 — 9:10 pm

    Love this thank you for sharing these steps!! I can’t wait to use your gorgeous freebie xxx keep it up and cleaning off my desk and organizing each project in their own sections! Thanks for the tips! 💓

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    1. just signed up to your blog and I am so enjoying reading it!
      I really enjoyed this article, keeping it organized is a daily battle for me. But it’s so true what you said about cleaning up after the projects. It does make such a difference! thank you so much and now i’m heading for the down load. thank you and have a happy day!!!!

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  2. Thank You so much Tracie for this blog this am. I have to tell myself daily to write, write write my list of things to do (the day or week before). I have had 2 strokes and I also have MS and my tiny little brain struggled before I had the strokes; so now it really struggles. My Mom was a list maker and I think I got her trait in this (which I am thankful for)! I NEEDED this reminder today so thank You very much. As I think I told You a little while ago; I take notes on everything (I have to or I will forget). You are an inspiration for me daily.

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    1. Judy, and you are to me! Thank you so much for your support. You inspire mw because with everything you have been through, you still ‘DO’. I hope you understand what I am saying 😀 xx

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  3. Mary Anne Moeller July 17, 2018 — 3:54 pm

    Tracie, just what I needed to kick start my organization. My craft space is a disaster. Get overwhelmed and just close the door, lol. Have to try harder.

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  4. Jackie Kristoff July 17, 2018 — 3:58 pm

    These are GREAT ideas. Thank you so much.

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    1. Its just the start, but the great to get anyone started x

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  5. I do this to some extent. I am very anal about organization. For me, my mind needs to be organized & when it’s not that’s when I get so stressed I can’t do anything, This happens to me way too often and I haven’t found a solution yet BUT writing everything down as you have suggested may be the solution. Thx dear, you are amazing & a huge inspiration for me.

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  6. carolenorman84 July 17, 2018 — 7:07 pm

    Hi Tracie – I am quite tidy and organised and always clear away at the end of every day, leaving out the next day’s items ready for action. But, even though I have heard that they are essential for any positive progression for art, language learning or just about anything, I resist all planning and fight against lists! But I think you are amazing in that you achieve so much so I am really going to give your planning list a go xxx Thank you for this xxx

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    1. I am so happy to hear you will try it out. Maybe you are one of those few exceptions though 😃

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