Getting Organized in Your Professional Life Starts With Personal Organization

January 16, 2019 | 1,010 views

Getting Organized in Your Professional Life Starts With Personal Organization
Getting Organized in Your Professional Life Starts With Personal Organization

January tends to be the time of year when many people start talking about how to get organized and become more productive at work. Because you collaborate with colleagues day in and day out, the office seems like the natural place to start your organization efforts.


While professional productivity is important, getting productive and organized requires you to form new habits. To be successful, you’ll need to adopt these habits both inside and outside of the workplace. Because of this, we argue, you should focus on personal productivity instead of focusing on professional productivity. Here are three changes you can make to get more done at home and in business.

1. Schedule It

In today’s world, our brains are constantly forced to work on overdrive. We have smartphones sending us notifications, dings on our laptops telling us we have email, marketing messages intruding into our line of sight, and hundreds of other distractions. With all the noise in our world today, it’s no wonder we get distracted.


Instead of fighting this distraction, form the habit of writing things down. When you’re at work and get a notification that you need to bring mini marshmallows for your child’s next project, write it down and schedule the date. When you’re in the boardroom and you’re asked to complete certain tasks, write them all down, attach deadlines and put them on your schedule. The more you try to store all the incoming requests in your mind, the more they’ll feel like pinballs getting knocked around in your brain. You won’t know where to focus and soon, you’ll let something slip through the cracks.

2. Make It Fun

Organization and productivity feel like rigid words but the reality is, these habits can also be fun if you make them enjoyable. Tap into your inner competitor and turn your productivity into a game. For example, reward yourself with points every time you write something down. When you reach a certain number of points, buy yourself a special treat. Or, start a competition with a friend to see who can last the longest without breaking your new productivity rules. The more you turn your organization and productivity into a game, the more fun it will be and the more likely you are to stay on course.

3. Walk the Walk

Learning new habits takes time. The best way to dive in head first is to start acting as if you’ve been practicing your productive and organizational habits for a while. Walk the walk you hope to achieve instead of taking baby steps to reach your goals. The faster you dive in, the faster you’ll make incremental progress.

Simplify the Productivity Process

The more organized you can become as a person, the faster you’ll see the payout in your professional life too. As you simplify the process of getting organized, you’ll simultaneously simplify your life. Eventually, you’ll feel less stressed and less chaotic, which in turn will help you achieve better focus. Get started now by practicing what you hope to achieve and you can reach these goals faster than you might think.


Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007, and 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

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