If you’re looking to get organized but aren’t sure how to try mimicking the habits of people who have already found success. Eight individuals, all experts in their field and ranging from entrepreneurs to skilled networkers, offer their top tips for staying organized.
Calm Your Mind and Focus Your Thoughts Through Meditation.
“This may sound strange to some people, but meditation is absolutely my #1 organizational hack. Sure, I do things like set three main focuses for the day so I can stay intensely productive and only do things that drive me toward my bigger vision, and I also have a calendar always available that shows me an overview of my whole year as well as each month, but nothing helps me stay organized like meditation. Here’s why: When your mind is focused, it’s amazing what you can achieve. I can sit in meditation for 10 minutes and solve a problem or organize things that would have taken me at least an hour if I was just sitting at the computer. Meditation brings me crystal clarity, and has been the biggest contributing factor to organizing what has become a very hectic schedule with multiple projects always being juggled.” —Natalie McNeil, an Emmy Award-winning media entrepreneur and the founder of She Takes on the World
[Related: A Simple Meditation Exercise To Keep You Stress-Free at Work]
Choose an App.
“The app Any.do helps keep my personal and professional lives on track. I’ve tried so many task management apps, but this is the only one that’s really stuck. It has a super simple interface, but all the features you need to stay organized. There’s this one feature called Any.do Moment, which you can set up to run through your daily to-do list at a certain time. I use it at 8 am every morning to recap my priorities before I launch into my workday. Last, but not least, you can get rewarded for completing tasks. It’s like a digital pat on the shoulder.” –Jude Al-Khalil is the founder of BIKYNI
Take Some Time to Declutter and Arrange Your Email Inbox so That You Can Easily Find Important Messages.
“I’m a compulsive work email organizer. I only leave emails in my inbox that I still need to address. Any finished conversation gets filed away at the end of the day. Also, I always have my notebook with me to write down thoughts and ideas.” — Denise Lee, Founder of Alala is a mother, wife, and businesswoman.
Put Your Health First.
“Get more sleep, drink more water, drink less alcohol, exercise 4-5 times a week (I prefer yoga or Bar Method), and eat a super clean plant-based diet. You’ll effortlessly improve your organizational skills with a clear mind and better brain function.” — Bestselling Author and Host of Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin, Candice Kumai
Make To-Do Lists.
“I love lists. I make them all day, all the time. What works best for me is having lists everywhere. I email myself lists all day. I email lists to my team. I write them on my phone…Lists everywhere.” —Linda Lightman, CEO, and Founder of Linda’s Stuff
[Related: 17 Ways to Have a More Organized Life]
Get Your Clothes On.
“Ever since I was in primary school, I set my clothes out the night before. I still do this. It just helps me get ready and excited for the next day. My closet is extremely organized, categorized by type of clothing, by season, and by color.” — Janis Smith-Gomez, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Ethicon Inc.
It’s Important to Stay Aware of Your Schedule.
“Prior to going to sleep, spend 30 minutes each night going through the next day’s schedule.” —Kevin Conroy Smith is the founder of The Number Project.
Establish a Strong Team.
“The best way I’ve found to keep myself organized is making sure the team I have behind me is organized. It may sound like a lot, but my team has two staff meetings a week. Running two companies, priorities change, goals change and it’s important to keep everyone updated as to what’s happening. And being the leader, I’m sometimes the only one that has the full picture. I know that not everyone has a team behind them but I think maintaining the mentality that you stay accountable is a great way to keep organized and prepares you for that near future when you will be leading a team of your own.” — Heidi Burkhart, founder, and president of Dane PCG