January is here and that means we get a chance to start the year with a clean slate. We make resolutions or promises to have a better year. Well what about a more organized year? January, by the way, is “Get Organized Month.” Did you know that research shows that people waste as much as an hour a day, on average, looking for things they’ve misplaced? That boils down to as much as 15 days every year because of disorganization.
Now, if you are like me, you don’t have the money to go running out to hire a professional to help you celebrate, “Get Organized Month.” Thankfully, there are plenty of free tools out there to help us. First thing’s first: you have to do is decide to do it. Then choose which area of your life you want to tackle first. It helps to find a system that works for you and stick to it!
As I was saying, there are plently of resources available to help you get started and to save time. Here are a few ideas that I found to get you organizing.
Simplify 101 Blog This is really so much more than a blog, but the blog is a great place to start with organizing tips. Some posts include: “A Fun Way to Reduce Post-Holiday Clutter,” “How to Stay Organized: Maintenance Strategies” and “How to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed While Organizing.” The website also includes online classes and ebooks that you can purchase, and links to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more ideas.
NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) Blog NAPO is the organization that takes claim to “Get Organized Month.” This is another blog site that is way more than a blog. In fact, it is a website hosting six blogs on organization: 31 Days of Clutter Free Living; STEPS- An Acronym for Getting Organized; Prepped to Organized; Organizing Kids’ Artwork; Empowering Businesses; and Ellen’s Blog Your Most Organized Year Ever. Pick one that interests you and find loads of tips!
Timeful is a free iPhone app that helps you find time to do the things you want to do, without crowding out the things that are already on your plate. It connects to calendars you already use to get a sense of what you must do, then it lets you adds new appointments, or even daily habits that you would like to do. It suggests times that might be optimal to complete these tasks you assign yourself and becomes smarter the more you use it because it learns from your accepting or rejecting the suggestions. The result is an app that helps you not only find time to do the things you want to do, but also keeps track of how often you do them, and when. (source: PCMag – 100 Best iPhone Apps of 2016)
‘If this, then that’ shorten that little tag line to ifttt, and you’ve got one of the best apps on the market. This amazingly simple yet powerful iPhone app can automate just about anything you’d want to do in your digital life: for example, if I add a new contact in Gmail, then save that person’s contact information to my Evernote account. If you’re turning your home into a smart home, you definitely want to keep the ifttt app on your iPhone, as it can help you manage a range of devices, so that if you get into your smart bed, then the app can turn the lights off for you. (source: PCMag – 100 Best iPhone Apps of 2016)
Easily Do: The free iPhone app EasilyDo works as a personal assistant and automation machine. First, you connect the app to a variety of online services, like your email, calendar, Facebook account, and so forth, and then EasilyDo looks for things it can help you get easily done. For example, a notification might ask you if you’d like EasilyDo to add the contact details of someone who has recently emailed you to your address book. Or it might spot an upcoming birthday of a friend and let you set up a “happy birthday” post to their timeline in advance. It’s an amazing productivity app that helps you take care of a variety of tasks quickly and efficiently. (source: PCMag – 100 Best iPhone Apps of 2016)
Lastly, there’s Organize your College Life! one of our Pinterest boards here at the library.
Let us know if you have any tips to share that help you stay organized.