If you're anything like me, staying organized is more than just a choice; it's a way of life. This year alone has put things into perspective for many. If you want to be more organized and focused, here are some tips that we follow.
1. Write everything down.
Even the smallest things can slip your mind when you've got so much going on. Taking notes allows you to look back later on and double-check everything. If you cannot take notes, you can always download a recording app on your phone.
2. Colour coding.
This will be your best friend. If you've got multiple businesses/tasks you're involved in, you should consider getting different coloured notebooks for each one, or you can always use one notebook - but write everything in different colours or use coloured dividers. Either way, using some form of colour coding will be vital for keeping you organized.
3. Find a routine and stick to it.
Not only will having a routine help you stay focused on things, but it will also help you get things done on time. Set out an hour each day to do work for all the different projects you're involved in. Doing so ensures that things get done while giving you the chance to have a life outside of work.
4. Have multiple calendars.
I know it sounds like overkill to have more than one calendar, but having one on your phone will help keep your schedule at your fingertips at all times while having a bigger one that goes into more detail will keep you from forgetting things. Try using the calendar on your phone for your work schedules and any appointments, something you have to remember or do at a specific time.
Make a list of everything you need to get done in the day and prioritize essential things on your to-do list. If you get sidetracked by other things, at least you'll have started with the most important things and would have already completed them.
Above all else, always be prepared for the plans to change. In today's society, everything is always changing. Something could come up, and you'll have to deviate from your original plan. Don't let that deter you from everything that needs to get done; you have to keep moving forward.