5 Important Skills to Help You Get Organised
When I first started teaching I found that I had 5000 things that I thought I needed to get done in a day. I wasn’t at all organised.
This wasn’t the case. I was over-extending myself and most of the time expecting too much from just one person. It became exhausting. I was close to burning out.
We all have those ‘click’ moment where we realise we are doing too much. It is then that we either keep trying to power through or seek help to get organised.
I have to admit at first I tried to power through and it didn’t work. I kept hitting the same wall. That was when I realised that I needed to work on how to get organised.
Just like we teach children the skills to do Maths I needed to learn the skills to get organised.
As I read all the research and put things into practice I found 5 skills that were the most important to get organised:
Seeing the Big Picture
It is great to be able to sit and do all the little tasks in front of you but being able to stop and see the big picture – that big end goal that you are working towards and see all the steps to get you there is the ultimate skill.
Being able to communicate your big picture and the steps to get there will help separate the little tasks that MUST be done with the little tasks that can wait.
We need to be able to talk to other people, as they will then be able to aid us in completing the tasks we need done.
When I was setting up my blog I knew that there was a lot of the technical fiddly computer stuff that I just could not do. So I enlisted www.rjitsolutions.com.au to help with that fiddly computer stuff and www.secretbloggersbusiness.com with the fiddly blog stuff.
I needed to be able to interact and have the constructive (and at times pulling my hair out conversations because my website wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do) conversations in order to get things to where they are now.
Remember the golden rule – treat others like you want to be treated and donuts are the perfect gift to say thank you.
By working with others you will be able to delegate the tasks that you can’t do or that you don’t want to do.
On a side note you are probably thinking – I don’t have the money to give to other people. Remember that lovely thing called trade? My sisters on many of occasions have created things for me to help me out and in exchange I have done little things for them.
Being a Life-long Learner
As a teacher this is a term that we use daily. We live it and breath it.
Everyone is constantly learning. Currently, I am learning that the stickers that my daughter put all over my tiled floor will need more than my fingernails to get them off. We live and we learn. I know now that a three year old can’t be trusted with a packet of 100 stickers.
Being able to go out and get the information that you need is a great skill. Information is everywhere. It comes down to how you best absorb it, see my article on ‘What type of Learner Are You?’ to help you decide out of the thousands of options that include:
- Email groups
- Facebook groups
- Online Articles
- People in industry
Etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc
Being able to take the time to learn what you need to know (or even what you would like to know) is a great skill. It will help you find the most effective methods in doing what you need to do and best of all this will help to keep you organised.
Remember to work smarter not harder!
4. Be Creative!
Not going to lie – I am not artistic. My creative skills when it comes to arty stuff pretty much begins and ends with being able to stay in the lines when colouring in.
Where my creativity comes into play is in finding solutions for problems. Career management involves being able to create a line from where a person is to where they want to be or who they want to be. It can get very twisty! But with research and a bit of creativity finding a person’s niche or getting them to their career goal is my favourite thing to do!
In an upcoming article I will be looking at how to find your creative zone. So watch out for it. (You can sign up to my email list here if you want to be kept up to date with my articles and you will be notified when this one comes out)
Use that creativity when it comes to your organisation. To do lists are fabulous. I adore them but some people need to be a bit creative when putting tasks together and getting a large amount of things done.
Instead of creating that logo (that will take you 2 days and a headache because it just wont be right) why not get creative and post a challenge on your Facebook page. Ask someone on www.Fiverr.com to create it for $5. Use www.Canva.com. Ask your artistic friend to create it and in return you will do two loads of washing for them.
Get creative with your to do list! (I have an article coming out soon on more ways to get creative with your to do list subscribe here to get notified when it comes out)
Time Management Skills
But what if we have too much work and it won’t fit into the time that I have available? Ask yourself at these times:
- Do I have to be the one to do this task?
- Can I pay for it to be done by someone else?
- Can I trade for someone else to do it?
- Do I really need this done today? Can it wait until tomorrow? Or when can it wait till?
- If this task is not done today what will be the consequences?
With the last one I always weigh up both sides and if it is a small consequence vs my sanity. I will ALWAYS go with my sanity.
Remember to get organised– See the big picture, be nice to people, learn, get creative and manage your time as best you can.
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