How to Create Organization Habits That You Will Actually Stick To

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This week’s Fierce resource was originally published by Fast Company and explains how to create organization habits that will stick.

Everyone wants to be more organized. Whether it is a constantly overflowing inbox, or that stack of documents on your desk that never seems to dwindle. The issue is finding organizational practices that you can actually sustain in a business world that can be chaotic.

Many leaders and business professionals feel there is never enough time in the day, yet they devote little or no time to the biggest time saver available to them: organization.

Leo Babauta, Fast Company, offers some tips for forming habits of organization that can last. There are countless options for tools and software to accomplish these various tips, so it is a matter of finding what works best for you and your needs.

A few of the habits are:

    1. Create a place for everything. Whether you are using task boards in Trello (Fierce uses this for our blog, and we love it) to keep a clean to-do list or Dropbox for financial documents and receipts, everything should have a home. Instead of letting that email sit in your inbox, put it in its correct place right away, knowing that you can easily find it when needed and turn your attention to the most important tasks at hand.

    1. Review the systems every morning. Get in the habit of reviewing your task list and calendar every morning for 20 minutes so you can keep things organized. Move things from the “Today list” to “Done list” and adjust tasks where needed. Being diligent in this habit will allow you to know where everything, limiting distractions and increasing productivity.

Read the rest of the article to learn the other tips and tools to create sustainable organization for yourself. You will thank yourself later.

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