Are you always running around at the last minute, forgetting important dates, or losing track of where you left that really important thing? We’re here to help show you how to be more organised… so you can stop being such a mess. (We joke because we care.) It’s time to step up a level, with some essential organisation tips that will transform you into a highly efficient master-organiser.
We know, we know, this is basically the most basic organisation tip of all time, but making lists is one of the best ways to get organised. The important thing is to put those lists somewhere they’ll really make a difference to you. No more dashing important must-do reminders down on the back of a receipt or an errant post-it note.
If you often find yourself making lists but then not making it through all the tasks, change it up – put a whiteboard somewhere you’ll always see it, like right by your front door or by your bed. If you’re a natural scatterbrain, learning how to be more organised is all about changing habits, so making sure you put reminders somewhere you’ll definitely see them will help massively.
If you’re always out and about, then try a list app on your phone. Pick one that will let you set reminders about tasks, or even let you assign a task to a location so it reminds you to do a job when you leave or arrive somewhere!
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just spend one day doing all of your life admin for the year, and then it would be done? Well, we can’t necessarily show you how to be more organised for every part of your life, but we can help with one of the most common ‘oh my god I forgot!!’ moments: sending cards. That sinking feeling when you realise you forgot an important anniversary, or spaced on sending your sister’s birthday card? A thing of the past.
Built right into the thortful website, you can create custom reminders for important dates when you need to send a card, and we’ll remind you when it’s time. You can set reminders to send a card from 30 to 3 days before – plenty of time to order and make sure their special day is just a little bit more special. Check out our handy reminder creator here!
Schedule sending cards ahead of time
Did you read that last paragraph thinking ‘that’s a great idea, but I’m going to forget to check my email because my inbox is always overflowing’? Don’t worry – we’ve still got your back.
Using thortful’s super-handy schedule delivery feature, get organised and arrange all of your important card sends well ahead of time. Write your card, choose the recipient, then sit back and relax. Your card will be dispatched two working days before the requested delivery date, so you can be assured it will arrive in good time! Just think how organised you’ll feel – and you’ll never again have to dash to the garage down the road to grab a slightly naff dog-eared card for your mum’s birthday. And don’t worry – if you need some ideas for what to write so far ahead of time, we’re here to help with our handy what to write guides!
Establish good habits every day
Are you always running round trying to find your keys/phone charger/hair tie/laptop bag? They say ‘efficiency is intelligent laziness’, and even though we’re not really sure who they are, they’re right. If you’re always losing things and wondering how to get more organised, train your brain by establishing habits to make things easier for you.
Here are some handy organisation tips for small habits that can help you teach your brain how to be more organised:
- Tidy things away before you go to bed
Waking up to a clean living space in your kitchen, dining space or bedroom will help make you feel on top of things and put you in a positive mindset to get organised for the rest of the day!
- Leave your most important items in the same place every day
Make the mad dash around the house to find your essentials a thing of the past. Get into the habit of leaving your keys, headphones, wallet etc in the same place every day, so you know where they’ll be. If you use a bag, make sure your bag’s always in the same spot, ready to grab as you head out.
- Create a path of least resistance to start your day
Following on from that last tip, when you start your day, make sure your routine flows, and try to make it so that you move from one room to the next. If you have to double back on yourself, you’re more likely to forget something. Have your outfit picked and laid out, bag packed, lunch ready, and try to make it so that you don’t need to double back once you’ve completed each step.
- Put things back where they came from, right away
Okay, we know this sounds super basic. But it’s actually one of our favourite organisation tips. If your countertops and side tables are always cluttered, it’s hard to find things – so as soon as you use something, put it back in its proper home right away. It’s easy to grab a load of spices from your spice rack while you’re cooking, but less fun when you have a clutter-filled mess to clean up when you’re done. Get into the habit of returning things as soon as you’ve used them.
It takes an average of 66 days for a behaviour like these organisation ideas to become an automatic habit – that might sound like a lot, but it’s a small price to pay to get organised. If you think about it, that’s just two months of doing some of these organisation tips every day, and then it becomes second nature!
Get organised and thoughtful with pre-scheduled presents
Okay, it might not be the most important tip on how to get organised, but sometimes remembering an important date can really make someone’s day – and the whole point of getting organised is to have more time for the nice stuff like that. Whether it’s a birthday or an anniversary, or maybe a sadder day when someone will be thinking of a loved one who has passed away, you can schedule a beautiful flower delivery along with one of our bestselling thortful cards well in advance.
For more stress-busting ideas, check out our stress tips guide for Stress Awareness Month – and if all this talk of how to be organised has you feeling a bit frazzled, read our blog about 39 small joys in life to be grateful for. Aaaand… relax.