The desk of a recruiter is always busy – managing various projects with things changing at a moments notice. A temp is needed urgently, finding that perfect candidate changes your priorities. It can sometimes be a constant battle.

Over the years, I’ve read so many articles on being organised. I used to think multitasking was a great idea, but in reality, it’s not so easy. Having a system to keep organised and remember what you need to achieve is essential.

The average office employee spends over one hour each day just looking for things! Being disorganised is costly both in terms of both time and money. There is a reason why organised people get more done.

The good news is that you can become more organised too, by using these 4 simple tips that I live by:

Create A To-Do List – When you consolidate everything onto one list, you always know where to look and stop wasting time trying to remember which list do you need. Use an old-school planner or an app – but get onto creating that list!

Clean Your Desk – You’re kidding yourself if you think you know where exactly everything lives on your disorganised desk. Research has shown that the more our brain is bombarded by stimuli on a cluttered desk, the less we focus.

Attend Immediately – Don’t have a holding pattern. Thinking about a saved email or phone call to deal with later is a huge time-waster. Act, delegate or delete whatever gets your attention. If you can’t do it immediately add it to your To-Do-List.

Use Technology – Whether it’s setting up a filter on your inbox, getting reminder pop-ups or using an organising app, technology can make us more productive. Use it to save your time and increase efficiency.

One of my bad habits is losing focus on what I have on my list, it doesn’t take much for me to be off down a rabbit hole after reading an article that then sparks an idea to look at something else. It’s something I have to keep in check. In order to combat this and remind my brain I have a sticky note in front of me with the word FOCUS written in Caps and Red. It’s like a traffic light reminding me to stay on track.

Remember, spending time to get organised is a valuable investment.

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