Organized To Disorganized In One Afternoon

Keeping on track of things isn’t easy, especially when both your home life and your work life are demanding your full attention. And as for running a startup? HA! At Buckets, we have our own personal term for that particular brand of project management — it’s called ‘organized chaos’.

Whether you’re a little absent minded, or suffering from a full blown case of chronic disorganization (yes, this is actually a thing), there are definite processes you can put in place to alleviate the stress in your life, get your priorities in check, and vastly increase your productivity levels as a result.

And it all starts with setting up your Buckets account! Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

After you’ve seen the light (i.e. signed up), just follow these steps to get your life organized in one fell swoop. Well, it might take a few swoops depending on just how disorganized it currently is, but we totally believe in you! We were once in the same boat and look at us now! Nowadays, we always turn up to meetings wearing matching socks.

1.Create a Buckets Project Board

This can be to organize your household, your work, or even your next holiday, but let’s keep it simple and start with just the one. We’ll call this project board, ‘My Task List’ (we’re crazy inventive with titles today).

Your new project board will have a number of lists, which you can title as you please. In line with the original Kanban process, I suggest starting with ‘To Do’, ‘Doing’, and ‘Done’. You can revise and elaborate on these later once you get into the swing of things. These lists will help you to organize your tasks according to priority. You can then add cards to each list that will represent your individual tasks.

2.Add Your Tasks

Once your board is set up, you can list absolutely everything that needs to be done in your ‘To-Do’ column and move anything that’s currently in progress (i.e. it’s half done and you’ve been procrastinating) over to the ‘Doing’ column. If you’ve been living with your head in the sand up until now, you might need to sit down for this one. I’d also recommend some caffeine. It powers genius. Heck, it powers Buckets.

3.Start Coloring

I’m not messing with you, honest. The whole concept of the Kanban (and Buckets) is that it’s a visual tool and the truth is that many disorganized people are often extremely visual and highly intelligent, creative individuals. On your Buckets project board, you can use assign a color to each of your columns, or even add color ’labels’ to individual cards. Not to mention that it makes it a whole lot easier to manage.

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what then is an empty desk a sign?” — Einstein

We’d totally have got Einstein on board with Buckets. Just sayin’.

4.Brush Your Teeth And Review Your Tasks List

Both of these are things that you need to to religiously, every single morning. Once you’ve logged in, you need to check what tasks are coming up, what tasks need to be moved along the chain, and what tasks can be archived. Easy-peasy, right?

Remember, we can help you when you’re on Buckets, but we can’t make you log-in everyday to keep on track with your to-do list. You have to do that part on your own.

Buckets believes in you, young grasshopper. You can do it!

Sign up to Buckets today to get up and running on your free account and get your life organized.