Personal style blogger and Lucky cover star Zanita Whittington recently shared her thoughts on the importance of being organized, and how it has led her to a successful career in fashion. The once “disorganized” Australian blogger credits organization as the key to decreasing stress and increasing creativity. A year ago, in an effort to take her blog to the next level, Whittington shifted her blogging schedule from part-time to full-time, with the help of her highly ambitious attitude and newly organized way of life. Continue reading for her career-changing tips on how to get organized!
Being organized can be really enjoyable—it’s all about the satisfaction of getting everything done. I take time at the beginning of each day to prioritize my tasks and place them in order, deciding how long each one will take and then scheduling them into my day. I also schedule in rewards for completing tasks on time—like a 15-minute break to read Who What Wear!
Anytime you’re notified of an important date, put it in your calendar—you can’t rely on your memory. Keep a daily schedule—even putting in household tasks can help. This way you can gain a better idea of how long tasks truly take and never find yourself running out of time at the end of the day.
Delete anything that’s no longer useful. Keeping useless files on your desktop or emails in your inbox will eventually prevent you from finding essential files and messages quickly. It’s very counterproductive. Declutter regularly instead of having to do it all in one huge, time-consuming effort.
There’s no bigger argument for being organized than in the interest of stress reduction. Once I steadily mastered the ability to become more and more organized, I also became better at writing and thinking creatively. I started to enjoy my work so much more.
I get a lot of ideas by just getting outside and walking around. Sometimes your focus needs a break and a change of scenery is always beneficial! I can never sit down and just focus on a single task for hours and hours—I’d rather break it up. Work should be enjoyable, so it’s important to regularly change things up so you don’t lose inspiration.
Procrastination is a constant battle for me. I write Post-it notes on my computer about maintaining focus and then allocate particular times to just surf the net and generally achieve nothing, but it’s about picking and choosing the times to do so.
How do YOU stay organized on a day-to-day basis? Share your tips in the comments below!