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In a time where the line between work and life is perpetually blurring, Lorraine Murphy has the inside scoop on how to get remarkably organised.
It’s no secret our lives are getting busier and busier and as we fast approach the hectic time of year that is the festive season, a bout of organisational assistance may be exactly what the doctor ordered.
Luckily, a weekend presents the perfect opportunity to nail some habits and make getting organised all the easier.
Ahead of her Get Remarkably Organised Workshop this October, we’ve enlisted the assistance of the queen of productivity herself, Lorraine Murphy, to get you some sneaky organisational tips and tricks.
DO AN EPIC DECLUTTER
We get it, the last thing you want to do after a hectic week of back-to-back commitments is come home and tackle the mess that is the spare room/garage/*insert dumping ground here*. But, it’s been proven that a tidy living space is directly linked to a tidy, less stressed mind.
“I guarantee you’ll have buckets more space, not just physically but also mentally,” says Lorraine.
Taking the advice of fellow organisational extraordinaire, Marie Kondo, Lorraine set about ridding her home of anything that doesn’t spark joy with inspiring results.
“Our home looked quite tidy to the average visitor, however only my husband and I knew the terrors that lurked beneath,” she says.
“An entire car boot full of items for Vinnies, three wheelie-bins of rubbish and some very smug ‘after’ Instagram stories later and our house felt like new – there is a beautiful fresh energy in it, and it feels so good to know that every possession in our home makes us happy”.
CREATE A ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
While spontaneity may seem romantic, it’s a fact that we humans are creatures of habit. Developing a daily routine is the perfect way to bookend your days with an air of stability no matter what your schedule may hold.
“I’m a huge believer in the power of having an effective morning and evening routine,” says Lorraine. “Having a peaceful way to start the morning sets me up for a productive and happy day ahead”.
However, she warns against mimicking the successes of those around you. While it may seem like a good idea, copying the routines of others without taking into account your own commitments and timeframes is a recipe for disaster. Just as each of us a beautifully unique, so too are our routines.
“No two peoples’ routines will be the same, find what works for you and stick to it like glue,” advises Lorraine.
While this spring long weekend is the perfect opportunity to get the ball rolling, keep in mind it takes time to construct a comprehensive routine.
“Don’t try to take on a complicated new routine in its entirety,” says Lorraine. “It takes 21 days to form a new habit, so take a ‘layering’ approach to it”.
PLAN TIME TO PLAN YOUR TIME
We know what you’re thinking, this might sound a little counterintuitive. With the hustle and bustle of modern living leaving little time left to spare, it may seem insane to dedicate those precious minutes to scheduling but Lorraine promises this investment will actually see you saving time in the long run.
“I’m a big believer in ‘planning halves doing’, if we take the time to map out tasks and how we’ll approach them, the actually doing of the tasks takes half the time,” she explains.
Top tip: whether you’re a calendar on the kitchen counter kind of girl or prefer a handy in-purse diary, colour coding your commitments by category is a great way of visualising exactly what the week ahead entails.
“I find it very helpful to colour code different types of appointments in my diary, I’m visual so it gives me an accurate picture of how much time I’m dedicating to different areas of my life,” says Lorraine. “I can tell at a glance if my week ahead isn’t balanced, be that as there’s not enough ‘health’ time, ‘romance’ time or (this is yet to happen) ‘business time’”.