Organisation – it’s not just in your routine!

By Zoe Taylor

Organisation isn’t just about the number of post-it notes or to-do lists you use. It goes a lot further than that. Organisation, though it may stem from a detailed schedule, branches out as far as how you arrange your house to backing up your computer files.

It’s really important that you’re extremely organised when you’re studying, working or both! It allows you to stay on top of all tasks and meet deadlines, resulting in a reduction of stress and an ability to think clearly when working on important tasks. We’ve got some easy steps you can take to becoming a highly organised person.

Step 1: Take out the trash
Search your kitchen, bathroom and other rooms in your house for out of date foods and supplies and things you don’t want or need anymore and get rid of them! Create some more storage space by throwing out old perishables and taking unwanted clothes, shoes, books, etc. to the Op Shop, Cash Converters or other second hand traders.

Step 2: Amp Up the Storage Space
Invest in some stand alone cabinets and boxes to tidy up your home and work space. The less cluttered your areas are, the less stressed you’ll feel and the easier you’ll find it is to get things done…and find things too!

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Step 3: Sort Your Tech Out
Organise all the files on your computer, phone, tablet, etc. into easily found and remembered folder sequences. Start with your photos, organising them into certain events, and move onto your uni notes and assignments, organising them into the different classes and sessions, and so on until all your technological files are neat and tidy.

Step 4: Backups of backups of backups…
Create multiple backups for important files. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a lot of important stuff on both my home and work computer and if I lost any of it, that would be very, very bad!! So back up everything two or even three times so that if your computer and your first or second backups fail, you’ll have another one to fall back on. Use portable hard drives as well as online file accounts such as DropBox and Google Drive.

Step 5: Get on Top of Your Emails
Similar to step three it’s important that you sort your emails into various folders, for example study, job applications, advertisements, social media, etc. That way, if you’re looking for a particular email of a certain kind, you’ll know exactly which folder to look at to find it.

For help in finding the right career path for you, or for useful tips on areas including studying and finding success, call 1800 143 080 or visit www2.collegesonline.com.au/mycareer to contact one of our friendly career advisors!

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