Life hacks for getting organised

Simi Rai

Saturday, 23 February 2019

You have deadlines looming, paper cluttering your desk and pens in your hair. Everything is just a bit chaotic.

Trying to stay on top of everything seems unmanageable but the more you ignore that to-do-list, the more stressed you will inevitably become.

So how do you fix this? Well, simply put, you need an organisation makeover. You need to devise a plan that is quick, efficient, easy to follow and stick to it.

Try a few of these life hacks to keep you in line with your busy schedule and start embedding them in your regular routine:

Keep one to-do list

Before you start your day or week, create a list of everything that needs to be accomplished. Whether it’s in your planner, phone or on post-it notes, write it all down in one place.

Rather than wasting brain power by keeping mental notes, write everything down so nothing is forgotten. When important dates and tasks are mentioned, pop them in your calendar straight away and create a reminder! This will save you valuable time searching for them later.

Work backwards

If you have several tasks to complete, prioritise them in order of importance. Whether you choose to keep them in an electronic folder, or space on your desk, stack them in order of deadline. If you organise your tasks in this way, you’ll trust that everything that needs to, is being done.

It might be useful to create a spreadsheet with your deadlines, numbered in order of importance and a checkbox to tick once they have been completed.

organisation list

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About our Community Expert


Simi Rai
Community Expert

Over 5 years of experience in educational settings throughout London, Madrid and Barcelona. Whilst studying English Literature and Language at King’s College London and the University of North Carolina, she fell in love with her subject - both the study of literature and craft of writing.

After graduating, she completed the Leadership Development Programme with Teach First, whose mission is to provide equality through education, and attained her PGCE in Secondary English at Canterbury Christ Church University. She was then appointed as Deputy Head of English at one of the highest performing schools in England in a London inner-city academy.

Following this, she completed her Leadership and Management MA at University College London (Institute of Education) and became the director of an English Language company based in Barcelona.

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