It is officially 2015! Is one of your resolutions or goals for the new year to get financially, professionally and personally organised? We’ve come up with 11 life hacks to make your life and year easier:
1. Decrease outgoing funds.
Don’t need it? Don’t buy it! This year, try to cut back on unnecessary items. Not only will your bank account thank you, your space will become uncluttered. In order to do this, reduce the amount of shopping trips you take and ask yourself, “Do I need this?”
2. Download a money management programme.
Locate a money management program (e.g. Quicken, Mint, etc.) and purchase it. Although it is a small investment, it allows you to pay bills, download bank statements and credit card transactions, and plan a budget. This will help establish a budget and identify where your money is going.
3. Establish a sorting system for documents.
Are there papers all over your desk and home? Chances are, some of those documents are important. Identify a filing system that works for you. Whether it is a shelf, folders, or a designated drawer, it is so much simpler to be productive when your space is organised.
4. Back everything up.
Once you have successfully organised your documents and money — why not take it one step further and store it in another place? Whether you use the cloud, a backup drive or a program like Carbonite, you will feel at ease knowing your documents and photos are safely stored.
5. Get a white board.
This is a great alternative to a planner if you are a visual person. Get a white board for your office and hang it up where it is constantly in your line of vision. Write your daily tasks, weekly goals and monthly to-do lists. Each time you complete one of your items, cross it off! This will give you a great sense of accomplishment daily.
6. Organise for 20 minutes a day.
This organisational ritual could mean anything from sorting through mail to cleaning out your refrigerator. Over time, 20 short minutes a day will pay off when you observe how organised your space becomes.
7. Check expiry dates.
As a part of your daily and weekly organisational routines, check out the expiry dates of items in your medicine and kitchen cabinets. You will be shocked to find out what spices have lost their flavours and what prescriptions you no longer need. These items take up space, so toss it.
8. Clean out your closet.
You know that sweater you were gifted for Christmas last year that still has the tags? Donate it. Those trousers that no longer fit well? Get rid of them. Be ruthless with your closet and clear out the items you no longer want or need. Someone else can make great use of them.
9. Get a planner.
If the white board isn’t for you, get yourself a planner. This will house your upcoming events, holidays, and notes. Keep it with you often; you will be surprised how busy life can get!
10. Get an emergency kit for your automobile.
Accidents happen. So do flat tyres and natural disasters. In order to be prepared for anything, put together an emergency kit for your car. This is something useful to have in case of an emergency.
11. Establish positive behaviours.
In 2015, make organisation a priority. Start small, but stay consistent. Being prepared will help you be more productive while exercising your multitasking skills. Do this by performing regular maintenance on your home, workspace and relationships.
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2 Greenthal, S. (29 December 2014). 10 incredibly smart ideas to get your life organized in 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2014 from http://huff.to/1w11fvs
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