Everyone who wants to run a business or manage a team has to develop excellent organisational skills. And sometimes, organisational skills and time management are more important than knowledge.
Such skills are not something you're born with, either. In fact, everyone can improve their organisational skills with a little practice. Here's how you can practise and improve those skills.
Start with Planning
Some of the most successful people in the world wake up before anyone else so that they can plan their day in relative calm. Everything starts with a good plan, after all.
It's essential to take time every morning to organise your day, and one of the best ways to organise your tasks is to sort them by their priority. There are plenty of other ways too, so everyone can find what works for them.
It's also important to plan out your weeks. But if one can't plan out everything in detail, one can at least schedule one’s priorities.
As wise men say, what gets scheduled gets done. There's a lot of truth in that.
At the mention of decluttering at work, most people think of simply organising their desk. It’s because one’s environment has a profound impact on productivity. So, organise documents and throw away things that you no longer need.
But there's much more to it.
Most people have inboxes full of messages that they'll never read. That’s why decluttering your computer and your phone is also essential.
Decluttering can also mean eliminating distractions, such as unsubscribing from a newsletter that you haven't opened in weeks and unfollowing people on social media.
It's all about focusing only on things that matter.
When you free your space and mind from things and ideas you no longer need, it gets much easier to organise everything around you.
Let Technology Help You
Technology is said to be the enemy of productivity, but it doesn't have to be that way. Befriend technology and let it work for you.
Today, there are amazing apps for collaboration and organising at work. They can work wonders even for remote teams.
There are three important types of apps every business owner or manager needs.
First, an app that helps organise work. And one of the most famous is Asana.
Second, you need an app that will help you communicate effectively with your team. The simpler the app, the better.
Finally, there are also productivity tools available. And anything that uses the Pomodoro technique can be quite effective. This technique helps you break daily goals into smaller chunks and assign them to blocks of time.
Find What Works for You
There are so many different tools and techniques one can use to improve organisational skills. And what works for one manager may not work for another.
The best thing is to try out various methods until you find your own. But remember that the best way to develop organisational skills is to practice them. Start with something small, like organising your week in detail.
When you see the first results, you'll be even more motivated to continue on.
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