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Tips to Stay Organized When Working From Home

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Rebecca is a newlywed and an aspiring fiction author that got her start in content creation five years ago with her beauty and lifestyle based blog and YouTube channel.

When you work from home you are the chief person in charge of your time and how much you get done. As such, being organized is extremely important to your bottom line. To help you stay on track and to build upon our office space tips, we’ve put together this post to share with you our top organizational advice.

 

1. Get a digital or physical planner

You don’t have to get fancy with your list making, but keeping a planner with personal appointments, meetings, and to-dos all in one place rather than having a bunch of scrap papers all over the place is essential. Consolidating into one notebook or app is the best way to keep organized.

I am more of a fan of physical planners because I am a tactile learner, which means it’s easier for me to remember things when I write it down. Plus there is something satisfying about checking a box or crossing off an item in a list. I am currently using the Day Designer planner but other popular ones include the Erin Condren Life Planner and the Create 365 Happy Planner.

I don’t use any to-do list apps but I know there are literally thousands of them to choose from so it is just impossible not to find one that works for you. Take a look around the app store or even just use your Google Calendar to keep track of what you need to do.

There is also the option to use to-do list or project organization website (like Trello) where you can separate your lists into different folders.

 

2. Schedule breaks

This may not sound like it has to do with organization but having regular breaks really does help you stay more organized. You are much more likely to overlook something or miscategorize a file if you are feeling flustered.

One way to schedule breaks easily is to use the app Flat Tomato. I use this on my most hectic days and it really helps keeps me on track because it dings when I’m supposed to take a break, which keeps me from constantly looking at my clock or timer.

 

3. Give everything a “home”

Last year, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, was released in the USA and it has changed so many people’s lives. I haven’t read the book yet (It is on my wish list!) but I’ve read up on some of the tips shared and have started to implement them into my life.

One of the tips she shares is perfect for the office space, give everything a “home.” For example, your pens “live” in a decorative cup and your planner sits beside your keyboard. If you think about your items being happy where they belong, it totally changes how organized you are. Do you want to make your pens sad? Totally weird tip but it’s a helpful practice.

So whenever you are done using something put it back in its home. That’s just the polite thing to do.

 

4. Keep a master file area

If you have to go onsite for a meeting or alternate between working on your laptop and a desktop, keep all of your files in one place. There is nothing worse than your boss asking you for a specific file and you don’t have access to it at that moment.

There are a few different softwares and sites available where you can have your files with you no matter what like Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive. Alternatively you can have an external hard drive to store all of your larger image or video files, which I do have since I create YouTube videos.

Having a designated filing system (like a certain way to organize your folders or how to name files for easy searching) would also greatly help keep these master files organized in an easy to digest way.

Keeping organized is very much a trial and error experience. It took me about three months to figure out what combination of systems worked for me so don’t be discouraged if it takes you some time to get your to-dos on track. Keep your morale up! Just the fact that you are pursuing a work from home career will help you become more on top of your daily tasks.

 

Do you have any specific or out of the box organizational tips? Do share them in the comments so you can help other remote workers.

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