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How to stay organised when you’re surrounded by chaos!

It’s that time of year when it feels like I need to upgrade from ‘proficient juggler’ to ‘master juggler of all’.  After spending the year successfully juggling work, looking after the home, child activities and the like, Christmas comes along and the demands shoot through the roof. Christmas present buying, wrapping, nativities, carol services, parties (that’s the children’s – not mine), hosting dinners…the list goes on.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and and frazzled but here’s my survial guide so you can stay organised even when there’s total chaos:

  1. Clean your desk!  If you have a tidy area to work in it will be easier to focus (you won’t get distracted by all the mess and you won’t be able to put off those tasks by starting to tidy).  Make sure everything has a place, that way you know exactly where to find things and you won’t waste time that you don’t have!
  2. Keep only one calendar.  This may sound obvious but so many people I know have a calendar for home, another for work and another tucked away on their handbag!  This leads to forgotten birthdays, double-bookings and more chaos when you really don’t need it.  Keep one diary so you only need to look in one place.
  3. Check important events coming up. Duh, of course.   But how many times have you got to that date in your diary and realised you haven’t done the planning, the important presentation, the buying of gifts…?  Check the dates of your events and if there’s anything you need to do for that event then add it in for at least a week before.
  4. List all of your goals. What is it you need to achieve?  Be specific and set deadlines – your one calendar will really come in handy for this!
  5. Review your goals weekly.  Think about what you need to do this week to move you closer to your goals.  Add those tasks or actions to your calendar (yes, it’s still one).
  6. Check your calendar daily and make a list!  Well, that’s what I do – because I love lists!  Do whatever, you need to do to be focused on those tasks for the day and complete each task in turn (multi-tasking will only lead to more chaos – but that’s another topic!).

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