Top 4 Tips to Getting Organized in 2022

Whether or not you are big on new year resolutions, it is always a good idea to get organized, structured, and elevate your work.

January 10, 2022
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For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned - Benjamin Franklin 

2022 is here, and it's time to kick the ground running. Whether or not you are big on new year resolutions, it is always a good idea to get organized, structured, and elevate your work. Somehow getting or staying organized became the things everyone wishes for but rarely gets to work towards. 

Getting organized means focusing on time management, prioritizing better, and preparing. Critical thinking here is vital - do an audit of your work processes, where the time gets spent, and what makes you stress the most. 

If organizing isn't your superpower or this sounds incredibly daunting, don't despair. Instead, focus on these four simple organizational tips, and you won't wait long for results. 

Tip #1 - Consolidate, not multiply 

Have you ever (possibly inspired by a colleague, new year resolution, or a cool ad) bought a yearly planner that you kept for all of half a January? Yup, we've all been there - another planner, another tool, another software downloaded. 

How about instead of adding more things to your already busy life, you consolidate them? Less is truly more when it comes to getting and staying organized. So don't look for another tool to solve just one of your problems; focus on tools that solve the majority of them. 

Assembly focuses on improving your productivity, engagement, and quality of work by consolidating and automating your tasks in one place. No extra tools, planners, or tens of apps. One place for everything from recognition and contests to one-on-ones, surveys, and notes.

Tip #2 - Plan, Execute, Follow Up, Repeat

The real secret to achieving any goal is consistency. Whether you are trying to win a Super Bowl or get an A at the end of the semester - you cannot get there without staying consistent with your goals and tasks. 

The good news is that it doesn't have to be cumbersome and tedious. Instead, find a tool that allows you to create tasks or goals, due dates for accountability, and flexibility to move them around based on your priorities. Extra point: it is already something you are using for work, so setting up and learning is no additional burden. 

Assembly recently released the Notebook so you can manage important goals and tasks, get your teammates involved, set up due dates, and much more. Check out all you can do with the Notebook.

Tip #3 - Accountability is King

Setting up goals and deadlines is nice, but if no one checks on them…were they even there? Accountability is the magic kick in the butt when you no longer have the inner motivation to do something. Set yourself up for success by identifying who will keep you accountable. Whether it is teammates, managers, friends, or family - having someone in your corner that wants you to succeed and will keep you accountable is going to go a long way. 

At work, one of the easiest ways to create that accountability is through Daily or Weekly Standup and Retrospectives. Standup is often an overlooked tool that can be very helpful with accountability and engagement. Commit to a comfortable cadence and talk about what you are working on, what roadblocks you are seeing, where the areas of improvement are. Having everyone on the same page and accountable will help achieve goals faster.

Tip #4 - Say ‘NO’ to manual recurring tasks

Do a fun (okay, maybe not ‘fun’ but stay with us) exercise and write out all the tasks you repeatedly do. Not just today, but think about your week, month, or quarter. All the little things you do take just a bit of time every time. Now see how much time each of those tasks takes to accomplish. So do the math to figure out how much time you spend on repetitive tasks. 

The good news is that you don’t have to do that anymore. By using tools that automate those pesky retentive tasks, you will free up time to get creative, do better work, or train for a marathon. So don’t get stuck on the ‘I don’t think this really takes that much time’ phase and indeed map out how much time you could save (our customers mention now saying up to 1 day a week). 

Tools like Assembly allow you to customize and automate tasks so they are done precisely how you would like them, but without you having to do a single thing. 

Getting and staying organized is not easy, but by focusing on small things you can do that make a big difference, you will find yourself in a much better position this time next year. 

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