Organizing your physical space better helps you to perform better. It removes distractions and allows to focus and relax, allowing you to be more productive with your time. Spatial organization is not just ideal for the office, it is important at home, and in your car as well. Keeping all areas of your life clean and organized will keep you productive.
If you tend to be on the forgetful side or have multiple people sharing and using the same items, labels make life easier. Use a fun tape or a label maker to make labels for cabinets, shelves, and drawers letting people know which items belong there. Labels are useful both in helping locate items, as well as returning them when finished you are done.
Many of us are guilty of holding on to things for too long. A cluttered space is a distraction. Go through your belongings regularly and throw away or donate what you no longer need. Donations are great because they help you to de-clutter your space, and give someone else who may need those items access to them.
3. Schedule time
Writing things down is the best way to remember them. I am a firm believer in planners, calendars, and to-do lists. When you first get started with them, they may seem intimidating, but you will quickly begin to rely on them. Remembering every meeting, you have planned, or every task that needs completing can be tiresome for your brain, give it a rest and write it down. Here is how I like to use my scheduling materials:
Calendars: broad monthly planning
Planners: tracking weekly appointments, goals and reminders
To-do lists: Daily tasks, checking them off as I go
Make sure you arrange items in your home, office, and car the best way for you. Before you start moving things grab a piece of paper, make a diagram of your space and plan what should go where. Draw out a few options and especially in the case of furniture that isn't easy to move, weigh the pros and cons of each option before deciding on one.
5. Make it a priority
Set aside time at the end of each day (or workday) to return items to where they belong. Doing so allows you to start strong and organized the next morning. Doing it a little bit each day prevents it from building up and becoming a big project later on.