Leadership is a really interesting thing. One fundamental key to leadership in other areas of life – corporate or enterprise – is personal leadership. If you cannot effectively manage your life, managing others life is a difficult task if not an impossible one. 16 tips to leading a more organized life for effective leadership will be discussed here:
Check Your Planner 3 Times a Day
Whether you have ADHD or just too much to remember, organising tips can help you manage your time and activities better. Get into the habit of putting all your appointments and activities on a calendar. It doesn’t matter if it’s a day planner, a smartphone app or just a plain old desk calendar. Keep it in one spot and check it at least three times a day. Make it a habit to check at the same times each day.
Make a New “To Do” List Every Day
Each morning, make a list of the things you want to get done that day. Try to keep your list realistic, so you’ll have a good chance of getting to everything. Arrange your tasks in order of importance, putting the most important tasks first. Assign each task a specific time of day. Cross off each task when you complete it.
Start Organising: One Room at a Time
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of “getting organised.” Start by putting things back where they belong and throwing away things you don’t need.
- Tackle one room at a time; start with the easiest. Divide the room into sections if you need to.
- Schedule organisation time in your planner. Use a timer to manage your work sessions.
- Ask yourself whether you want to keep items or toss them. If you’re not sure, put them in a separate box to go through later.
Make Organisation a Daily Habit
Don’t think of it as cleaning up. Think of it as following your organisation plan:
- If you keep items, they should have a home. Use filing cabinets, labels, clear storage boxes, and over-the-door organisers.
- Take 10 minutes each day to pick up and return items to their proper places.
- If you take it out, put it back.
- Keep a box for loose papers and other mislaid items to be put away. Go through it at the end of every day
Keep Small Items Together
Place a small table or bookshelf near the entryway of your home. Put a tray or basket on top of it to hold important items such as keys, wallets, watches, glasses and phones. You can also use this area to hold other items you want to remember such as lunchboxes, briefcases, important papers or outgoing mail.
Have a Rotating Menu
Planning regular meals for the entire family may be a challenge. Create a “Top 10” dinner list or regular rotating menu of dishes that you can cook easily. Try to keep those ingredients on hand, or list the ingredients on index cards that you can take with you. Don’t carry the burden of feeding everyone yourself: Have a floating “free” night when you order takeout, or share the kitchen responsibilities with other family members.
Follow a Mail Routine
Develop a system for checking and sorting mail every day. One idea is to create a special area to hold all important mail, such as bills, insurance information, cheques and bank statements. Review this pile at least once a week, sorting bills into a pile to be paid and filing other important documents where they belong. Stop junk mail from coming to your house by taking your name off mailing lists.
Write Down What You Spend
Managing money can be difficult, especially if you tend to make impulse purchases. Carry a notebook or use an electronic device or financial website to keep track of everything you buy – even very small purchases. Knowing how much you spend each month — and on what – will help you manage your money.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder
Harvard Health Publications
National Resource Center on ADHD
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services