Being Organized vs. Being Productive: What I wish I knew before

On Episode 111 of the podcast this week, we’re talking all about how to organize absolutely anything… without the stress. Which I know for so many of you (and I’ll admit it, for me too!) can be a challenge because when you’re surrounded by clutter at home or at work, the stress seems inevitable, right?

So in light of our conversation on the podcast, I have a teeny tiny secret to tell you all… When I was first starting out on my journey to boost my productivity, I honestly thought that being organized and being productive were the exact same thing! I thought that if I focused hard enough on being productive, I would naturally become more organized (and vice versa).

I’m here to tell you today that that’s just not true… Focusing just on organization doesn’t naturally boost your productivity, and focusing exclusively on being more productive with your personal tasks or your work tasks won’t naturally make you a more organized person!

When it comes to being productive, organization can certainly help… but it should be thought of as a smaller building block to productivity, rather than an interchangeable term.

So today, in the spirit of keeping our conversation on Episode 111 going, I want to take a look at some of the ways that being more organized can help you on your quest to becoming more productive.

Ready to get started?

 

5 Ways Being More Organized Can

Boost Your Productivity

 

1. You’ll Experience Less Stress–

We talk a lot about stress on Episode 111 this week, so I’ll make this short and sweet: When you’re not organized and when you’re surrounded by clutter as a result, stress is inevitable. And this is true for so many of us!

Clutter breeds stress. So a great way to nip stress in the bud so that you can get back to what really matters (whether we’re talking about tasks at home or at the office) is to organize your environment before you dig into the nitty-gritty of your task list.

Have ten, fifteen or twenty minutes? Spend a little bit of time before you get to work clearing the clutter from your space. You might be surprised by how quickly some of your stress dissolves with a little more organization in place!

 

2. You’ll Save Time–

How can you possibly expect to be more productive when you spend half of your day searching for what you need to get started on a big project?

When you take time to organize your space, you’ll wind up saving yourself time later on when you sit down to get to work.

Think about it this way: If you have all of your documents and supplies at work organized in a defined spot and ready to go, you can dive into your tasks a lot faster than you would if you had to search for the things you need to complete a project. Similarly, if you’re looking to spend a day deep cleaning your house, you’ll get it done a lot faster by having all of your cleaning supplies organized in one spot, waiting to be used!

Note: If you’re someone that needs a little extra help clearing the clutter and creating organized systems at work or at home, fear not! I talk all about my favorite organizational method (the Mount Vernon Method) on this week’s episode!

 

3. You’ll Be More Creative–

If you’re super stressed and struggling to take care of tasks on your list, then chances are…. Your creativity is suffering, big time.

Just as a lack of organization can bring a ton of stress, it can also kill your creativity and your general approach to completing tasks.

Having an organized space creates a sense of calm, which paves the way for your creativity to come through. And when it comes to your job or even tackling projects at home, the more creative you can be… the better!

This is something I’ve learned over the years that certainly helped me become more productive. When my space is less cluttered, my creativity is boosted because I’m allowing my mind to focus on the task at hand, not the fact that I’m in a messy workspace or that I need to get cleaning!

 

4. You’ll Locate Anything with Ease–

Ever heard the saying, a place for everything and everything in its place? There is a reason why our mothers and grandmothers favored it so much when we were kids… It works wonders when it comes to boosting productivity!

When you organize your home or office so that everything has a place, or a home to live in until it’s used, then you’ll be able to find anything you need whenever you need it. Seems pretty simple, right?

Being organized saves you a lot of time, which only benefits your productivity in the long-run. So when in doubt, get organized!

 

5. You’ll Meet Your Deadlines–

Let’s face it… Little else will harm your reputation with your clients and prospective clients at the office than missing an important deadline. Missed deadlines translate into a lack of professionalism and a lack of organization, which is huge when it comes to climbing the career ladder.

And even if you work from home or stay at home with kiddos, chances are you’ll come across deadlines of your own that will harm your reputation in the same way if they’re missed!

The more you’re able to organize your home and your working life and stay organized as you continue to navigate the ins and outs of daily life, the easier it will be to meet any important deadlines that come up along the way. (Don’t believe me? See numbers 1-4 above!)

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How has organization affected your life at home or at the office? Share some of your favorite organization tips in the comments below… And tune into Episode 111 to learn all about how to organize absolutely anything, at any time, by using one of my favorite techniques, the Mount Vernon Method!

 

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