Organization Tips for the New Year

By: The Memo, LLC

With a new year upon us, we're all looking for ways to become more of our best selves, and to let go of the clutter in our lives. "Get More Organized" shows up on many of our lists of New Year's resolutions.

Professional organizer Miranda Mims, CEO of Symmetry of Space, reminds us that the better we are at staying organized, the more time we have for the things that really matter to us -- completing big projects at work, spending time with family and friends, having time for hobbies, or clearing time for more productivity and creativity at work.

Below are five tips to help get you better organized in the new year:

  1. Folders, Rules, Unsubscribe: For many, e-mail can be a big stressor and drain on our overall productivity. Once we get closer to the coveted "Inbox Zero," more things come streaming in. Don't let your inbox get the best of you! Most email software allow you to create rules to send things from certain people, or with certain subjects, to a particular folder to deal with when you're ready. Additionally, be sure to unsubscribe from publications or marketing emails you are no longer interested in. The time it takes to manually delete e-mails you won't ever read anyway adds up over time.

  2. Get Rid of Things You Are No Longer Using: We all have things we hold on to because we think we may magically need them some day. If it's in the back of your closet or in a drawer that you never open and you haven't used it over a year, you can likely let it go. If you decide you no longer need it, find a place to donate it where it will be put to better use.

  3. Delegate: None of us can do it all alone! If there are tasks you can automate, or delegate, do so! Your time is valuable.

  4. Invest In A Task Management System: Mims recommends finding a task management system to help free up more time and mental space. Programs like Evernote and Trello, according to Mims, are great for managing your To Do list, going more paperless, storing business cards, or collaborating with others. If these tools don't work for you, find a system that does, whether it be a notebook, bullet journal, etc.

  5. Do Small Things Every Day: Spending just a few minutes a day to tidy up your inbox, your office, and your home, can go a long way. Try to tidy up your office at the end of the day before you leave. When you get in the next morning to a clean office space, it will help you get right to work!

Getting and staying more organized helps to free up mental space to be our best in our careers and our lives. Mims reminds us that "life is to be enjoyed," and getting rid of clutter gets us closer to enjoying more of our lives and the things that matter the most. What tips do you use to stay organized?