How to get every part of your working life organized

More than a third of Canadians feel overwhelmed at work because they have no system. Here’s how to get on top of things

 
Office and desk supplies pleasingly organized on a surface
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It’s the start of a new year, which makes it the perfect time to toss out bad habits and start some new ones. Here are all the best insights we’ve learned recently about the journey from clutter and disorganization to smooth, stress-free productivity.

 

How having a cluttered office is costing you money

Disorganization can cost businesses thousands in duplicated supplies and wasted effort. Here’s how to stop it


To truly get organized you need to know how you spend your time

Cleaning up is a big part of getting organized, but you need to think in terms of time, not just space


What “organizational bootcamp” taught me about tidying up

We tend to think of neatness as an ingrained character trait, but it’s really just a series of habits you can practice


Four ways to clean up your desk and keep it that way

There’s something satisfying about tidying up a messy desk, but if you don’t have a plan it won’t stay that way for long


From our archives:

How to make a to-do list that you’ll actually do

New York-based designer Ryder Carroll has spent years refining his “Bullet Journal” concept. Here’s how it works


Just tracking how you spend your day can help you get more done

Our brains are naturally inclined to think we’re doing more work than everyone else, and it stresses us out


Stop wasting your time on junk productivity hacks

There are no quick fixes that will whip your to-do list into shape. We need to stop pretending there are


Build your work cred with the power of the five-minute favour

The esteem of your colleagues will get you further than almost anything else. Here’s an easy way to cultivate it


How to run your whole company from your phone

Here are 16 mobile apps and services that can do everything from accounting to customer service to project management


Truly productive people always leave some blank spots in their day

The author of “Getting Things Done” says people focus on the wrong parts of his productivity system


Email isn’t the problem. The problem is us

Email is a modern miracle. It’s not the technology’s fault that we use it wrong


Accomplish more by procrastinating better

We all know we do our best work under pressure. Here’s how to procrastinate your way to getting even more accomplished


Get more done by checking your email less

Checking three times a day is better for you and just as productive


How to trick your brain into meeting your deadlines

When it comes to getting things done, picking the right due date is half the battle

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