When you were younger, how many times have you heard your mum call out your name out of sheer frustration because you simply could not keep your room clean? If you are the type of person who has poor organisation skills, then that, my friend, is going to be a problem once you start doing business.

Remember that when you’re in business you need to keep track of a lot of things from papers, documents, appointments, meetings etc. and if you’re not organised, well let’s just say things can get real nasty. You miss deadlines, you fail to show up on time to meetings and the list goes on. Organisation is really not that hard but if you’re not used to it, it can be pretty challenging at the beginning. Being organised means keeping things in proper order. Organisation plays a very important role when it comes to achieving your business goals. You may not see it now but in the long term you will realise how important being organised is.

How then can you be organised?

First Step: Admit That You Lack Organisation Skills

There are people who do not get organised simply because they are in denial. They don’t want to admit that they are not organised even though their outcomes give them away such as desks that are in a constant state of disarray or work that is all jumbled up. You can easily tell if a person is organised or not based on their outcomes.

So the first step to getting organised is to admit to yourself that you need to change. Once you’ve acknowledged this weakness, you are allowing yourself to learn a new habit. It may seem uncomfortable and tiring at first but eventually you’ll get the hang of it.

Second Step: Do A Big Spring Clean

Do you know that clutter can cause you to feel stressed out? People who haven’t developed the habit of cleaning up their mess tend to experience more stress compared to those who do. And when you’re stressed you can’t think clearly and it would be impossible for you to make sound decisions. My advice is that you set apart some time to do some serious cleaning. Clean out your desk, remove all the unnecessary stuff lying there and just keep it bare. You don’t need 5-10 pens lying around when you’re only using one. You will realise that once you’ve done this big spring clean you’ll feel lighter. This fresh start will get you going and it will keep you motivated to accomplish the tasks ahead.

Third Step: Build Systems

A system is a surefire way to get your organised. I suggest you build some tick sheets. Take a look at Sharon Jurd’s Tick Sheet System, you can copy it if you want or you can personalize your own tick sheets according to the activities you’ve set out for your day, week or month. In these tick sheets, you will list down all the things that you are doing in a repetitive manner whether it’s on a daily, weekly or monthly basis so you won’t lose track. A tick sheet is an example of a system. Once you have these in place you can already outsource and delegate tasks to other people so you can achieve your goals much faster.

So there you have it, if you want to reach your goals and scale up the ladder to success you need to learn how to be organised.