It's hardly surprising that I would call it a VITAL tool for getting organised. But maybe it's time for a refresher on why we even want to get organised and how an app like Evernote can help you get there...
Just like we store our documents in a filing cabinet, each labelled and categorised, we use our brains to store our everyday thoughts, our goals, our memories and our subconscious musings. That’s a lot of stress on one poor brain.
You’re drowning in contracts, your email inbox is overflowing, and at home your floor is ankle deep in clothes. Don't stress - we’ve all been there. You’ve got two options to get back on track...
I like to say, mess is an inevitable consequence of an amazing creation. Ever had an evening playing Masterchef, created a killer three course menu, and been left with no mess? Probably not. The same goes for your home and work life. Think your desk will be clutter-free while you build your empire and kick your goals? Of course not - but there are some techniques you can employ to keep your organisational skills in check, and the benefits will go beyond your desk drawers.
Do you wish you were more organised but are just too busy to do anything about it? Maybe you don't see it as high enough priority, after all your clients and getting paid should come first right? Well yes, but here are some reasons why taking some time to get organised first will see you way better off in the long run.
Do you feel guilty that you haven't gotten around to getting organised? Do you call yourself "hopeless" and wonder why you can't get sorted when others seem completely in control?
Please stop for a moment and consider all the roles you are currently juggling. How many balls do you have in the air?
I see it often. That pile of papers in your office or home that you keep moving around or avoiding.
"I'll sort that stuff out later"
"I'll jut put it here for now"
Maybe its those emails clogging up your inbox or files all over the desktop screen on your computer.
You might shuffle them around every now and then, but generally, the pile just keeps gets bigger.
One of the key ways to get your life organised is to be in control of your time. Whether it's making plans with friends, important business meetings or your next hair appointment, it's just so comforting being able to look ahead, make sure you're available and know that you won't forget when that date comes around.
Is your filing cabinet getting a bit jam packed? Or if you're using folders or boxes, are they getting overstuffed?
I can guarantee there are papers in there you don't need to keep anymore, lots of them.
I recently worked with a client who needed to rework her system for handling incoming and outgoing paperwork and mail.
It was important for her that the desk accessories that she used looked nice so that she could enjoy using her office space.
Do you have a dedicated location in your office for stationery? I'm talking pens, notebooks, extra staples, blank CDs, envelopes.. Anything that's blank or a refill or consumable on or around your desk.
Sometimes when I meet someone new and tell them that I'm a Professional Organiser, they ask me "so you must be pretty organised at home then?" And I agree, I am mostly organised and not a fan of clutter. But some people ask if I'm a neat freak, to which I reply a big, definite "No."