One of the big changes I made last year was I started meal prepping. Before you write this post off as off-topic, hear me out. I had changed jobs. I was eating out all the time. I was stressed and would come home and have a glass of wine and eat ice cream. At some point, I had a business dinner and none of my suits fit. Not even the one that I bought two sizes of pants for in the off chance I put on some weight. I had put on a serious amount of weight. While planning my meals out and eating healthier helped me shed some of the weight, I became less stressed. Meal prepping made me less stressed and helped me stay organized.
Over the years, I’ve tried just about every magical hack that has preached it will keep me more organized. Some work better than others. As my schedule and workload fluctuates, here are the 5 things I try to do to keep me more organized and less stressed.
If you are struggling with task prioritization, an Eisenhower Matrix can help. This post teaches you what an Eisenhower Matrix is and how to use one to help you stay organized and focused on what is important.
I was recently asked why notebook page numbers are important. It then occurred to me that people don’t know this simple productivity hack. How many of you have spent time wondering if you are leaving enough space for meeting notes? Do you use separate notebooks for work or different subjects just so your notes are organized? Have you rethought your paper notes in lieu of electronic notes that you can search? Page numbers can help you be more organized in your business notebook and more productive at work. Here’s why.
Do you know what you need to do when you get into work on Monday morning? Take 15-30 minutes to think about your top weekly priorities. This will help you feel less overwhelmed and more focused. When you know what your goals are for the week, you can act deliberately. I recommend making a list of the Top 3 focus items for week. It’s easy to get pulled into email when you first come into the office on Monday. Stay focused on those Top 3 and be sure to move the needle every day.