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How to get organised? - May 22nd 2020, 08:33 PM


I'm not sure where to put this, sorry if it's in the wrong place.

I get overwhelmed with all the tasks I need to do. Things for myself, for other people and things around the house. I'm finding it difficult to do everything I need to do as I find that I don't have enough time, but I realise that part of the problem is my lack of time management skills. How do you get organised? Is there a particular app that you find helpful? Do you have any suggestions on how I could tackle all the jobs? I'd be interested to hear how other people organise their time as well, and if anyone has any useful tips or ideas.

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Re: How to get organised? - May 23rd 2020, 06:15 PM

I'm dyslexic, and my organisation skills are pretty awful. In order to plan or do anything, it has to be done well in advance. How far in advance depends on the activity.

If I need to plan for appointments I've made, or if I'm meeting with somebody, I always make sure to set a reminder on my phone as soon as I've made the commitment. For example, if I have a meeting at work for say, a week or two later, I will immediately put a reminder on my phone and set my phone to remind me in advance. I will take into account any travel I'll need to make, and add on about 15-20 minutes to that reminder just in case of delays or anything that may unexpectedly happen.

If I need to help make myself organised in terms of daily activities, such as getting up at a certain time, I always have an alarm across the room that I must physically get up for. Anything such as working from home or doing course revision, I assign myself a number of days that the work must be completed by. All tasks are worked through in order of size and priority. If a task needs completing by the end of the week, I ensure to work on those first, because the deadline is shorter. Whereas deadlines such as my course, are a monthly deadline, so I can work on them after my weekly deadlines have been completed.

I imagine you have a lot of other issues I may have missed out. I'll be more than happy to help you workout a plan to help you become more organised if you need.

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Re: How to get organised? - May 24th 2020, 01:17 PM

Hello, and thank you so much for coming on and asking for help with this. You did a great job coming on and asking

When you are trying to get everything organized, start with one thing in your room, for example say it is your school books. You can put them on a desk or a place in your room so that you can find them to do your work. Also, like was said up above with a reminder on your phone to help you so that you do not forget anything. Also you can have a whiteboard in your room and you can write on it what you need to do and then when you are done you can check it off. Also you can pick out one or two outfits for the next day, this will be easier so you are not running around. I wish you the best with this and hope that you will be okay soon.

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Re: How to get organised? - May 29th 2020, 01:32 PM

I have found that I benefit from physically writing down what I need to do each day. I have a weekly planner, sort of. It's not a spiral book, but more of a large notepad where I write down things and cross them off each day. I carry it around with me a lot to remind me of what I need to do. I use green for tasks around the house, purple for school, and blue for appointments. I'm not sure where you shop, but Amazon has a lot of them to give you an idea.

If I can, I usually try to tackle the things I look forward to the least so they aren't hanging over my head all day. It makes me feel good that I got to them as well.

When do you have the most energy? Mine is in the morning before I get tired. See if you can take advantage of that. In contrast, if I am tired or not up to doing certain tasks, I do ones that I can work on while I don't have to be up an about (like schoolwork, phone calls, etc.).

You can also try making a to-done list, or keep track of tasks you have done. It'll allow you to acknowledge your efforts.

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