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Four Steps on How to be More Organised in the Workplace

If you ever worry that the tyranny of disorganisation will never let go of your life, look no further.  Though organisation is challenging to begin, we provide you with four steps on how to be more organised in the workplace with beginner tasks that will drastically change how you function within your work life and your personal life.

To attempt to be more organised in your life is not to imply that you are functioning incorrectly.  We are more than capable of leading productive lives despite being disorganised, albeit we do this at the expense of performing proactively and efficiently.  Disorganisation, clutter, and mess affect our psychology and typically means we react to our environment rather than proactively living in it.

An article by Stanford goes into some detail on how disorganisation may affect our psychology, following the findings from Stephanie McMain’s study on the effects visual stimuli have on the brain.  The article condenses the study’s findings in laymen’s terms, stating:

“When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus [limiting] your brain’s ability to process information.  Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organised, and serene environment”.

You can section workplace organisation into four categories:

  • Physical Organisation
  • Mental Organisation
  • Digital Organisation
  • Scheduling

Step One: Physical Organisation

With Physical Organisation, a visually pleasing and clean space helps focus on tasks more efficiently.  The less chaos we surround ourselves with, the less distraction.  Ensuring your files and supplies have dedicated spaces and places is essential.  Using tools to help you with this, such as pencil holders, file separators, mini-storage drawers, etc., will prove extremely useful.  It is also important to remember that physical organisation is not rigid.  It simply allows you to work in a clean space that caters to your specific needs and taste, as well as ensuring your area is as easy to manoeuvre as possible.

Step Two: Mental Organisation

Mental Organisation can be a little more challenging to implement.  This involves ensuring you time tasks not to overwork yourself; ensure you take small breaks in-between busy workdays, maintaining routines, and remaining mindful of work vs personal life balance and mental health.  There are many digital tools/applications to help with your mental organisation.

An essential part of mental organisation is ensuring you care for your mental health.  It is necessary to remain proactive in your mental health, establishing a safe space at work should you ever feel overwhelmed.  Being mindful that you are not burning yourself out will allow you to work most efficiently throughout the year.

Applications like Calm or Headspace are only two in a vast market of self-care apps.  You can read more here about the best apps to keep your daily life running smoothly.

Step Three & Four: Digital Organisation and Scheduling

We can combine Digital Organisation and Scheduling in one paragraph as typically we can use digital organisation to help us schedule.

Digital Organisation in this time can feel like Alison in Wonderland’s rabbit hole.  Digital organisation is beneficial for those who spend most of their workdays on a computer.  Even for those of us who do not, using applications on our smartphones to help keep track of shifts and tasks completed ensures accountability and enables us to remain on top and even at times ahead of schedule.  For those of us using our computers all day – project managing applications such as Smartsheet or Microsoft Tasks by Planner allow us to work effectively.  These applications will enable us to keep track of projects visually appealing and see the progress of specific tasks and the timeline of projects.  You can also simply use them for task management purposes.

A Nifty App Can Help

Digital Organisation is not only using nifty apps; it also includes using your storage efficiently.  Cloud storage options such as One Drive, Dropbox or Google Drive are helpful as it allows you to access files even if you are away from your physical computer.  The ability to search for a file is a little easier.  However, like physical organisation – when it comes to digital organisation, it is essential to have your digital files stored and titled in ways that make them easy to access and search.

When it comes to scheduling, this can be anywhere from scheduling your meetings through various applicable apps – Microsoft teams, Outlook, Google Meet, etc.  However, it is pertinent that you schedule any meeting, event, or task you may have.  Scheduling in your calendar and ensuring you have sections within your day dedicated to specific tasks or meetings allows you to better plan ahead.  It enables you to be aware of what you have going on in your work life – perhaps you realise that you can handle a bit more this week, or maybe it’s that you acknowledge that you are overworking yourself this week and need to shift some things around.  Scheduling allows us to keep on track with our work and will enable us to take a step back and analyse whether we are overworking ourselves.

The Key is Consistency

Organisation can be a difficult task to begin; however, you have already made the first step through reading this article.  The key is consistency and ensuring you do your part in understanding what dynamic works best for you.

Connect by Nova provides many online courses and trainings to enhance your organizational skills and practice various ways to remain organized within the workspace.  Please reach out to a Connect by Nova team member at to learn more.

Top Tips For Your Job Search

Searching for jobs is not always an easy task, especially when it comes to knowing what jobs you should be applying to, what you may need to apply to specific positions, and how best to write your CV based on the role. Below are a few tips on what to look for and how to successfully search and apply for jobs.

Set some goals, make a plan and consider the following:

  • Where are you today, and where would you like to be five years from now?
  • Do you have any hopes, values, or dreams in terms of your career?
  • Make a list of your current strengths and weaknesses?
  • Can you name what you would like to improve upon in both areas?
  • Do you have a plan on how you will reach any of these goals or improvements?

Get connected

Subscribe to websites and publications that carry job postings. Just as important, sign up for those that aren’t outwardly about employment, but cover issues and topics that interest you, follow their social media. This way, you learn a lot about potential events and gain insight into the Company and its employees. Connect by Nova provides workshops and a webinar series to help you manoeuvre through business and employment-oriented sites such as LinkedIn.

Get involved

Attend events hosted by your dream employers and start becoming active in your community by volunteering for organisations that fit your career path.  Involvement is also a form of networking – and networking allows you to get your foot in the door.

Research before you apply

If you’re interested in a job, do as much research on the Company and the position as you can. Look around the organisation’s website, including the “About” section. Do a quick internet search on the organization, sector, or role. Doing this research will help you prepare for an interview, understand the Company’s culture better and ensure that this would be somewhere that your career would flourish.

Be professional

Remember that email address you set up as a teenager?  Is it appropriate now when applying for jobs? Be professional in all your communications with the employer.   Pay particular attention to the application requirements. Focus on your soft skills; luckily, Connect by Nova offers a Soft Skills webinar to help you succeed in this area.  Here is a quick list to remind you:

  1. Communication
  2. Creativity
  3. Teamwork
  4. Time Management
  5. Work Ethic
  6. Accuracy

Improve, improve, improve your resume

Remember that your resume is the first interaction with the employer.  Ensure that it is easy to read and understandable. Employers may sometimes look at over 50 resumes for a single post; having a resume that reads well and highlights your skills and experience in the most accurate and marketable way possible is vital. Review the job description and sprinkle keywords from it into your resume.  Connect by Nova provides workshops that show you how to write an effective and organized resume that highlights your best attributes.

Don’t be discouraged – be confident

Don’t let yourself be discouraged. Remember that every job search can be a series of No’s followed by a Yes. Each “No” takes you one step closer to the moment when both you and the employer say Yes. Remain confident and remember not to take a No personally. Know your value to a job and remain confident in your abilities.

Searching for jobs may send you down the rabbit hole. However, staying connected, getting involved, ensuring you do your research and remaining confident will, in the end, turn any negative you stumble upon into a positive outcome.  By joining Connect by Nova’s career-building webinars, workshops, and training sessions, you will be a shoo-in for success.

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