Getting Organised

Being organised is about more than simply knowing what you want to do and when you want to do it – it’s a skill that allows you to prioritise just about everything in your life, allowing you to focus on what’s important. It helps you to get things done.

1. Keep Copies Of Important Documents

Make sure that you have copies of the following documents in hardcopy and in the cloud. This will give you access to all your important documents no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have access to the internet and Google.

Make 5 certified hard copies of:

  1. Your ID
  2. Your Passport
  3. Matric Certificate
  4. Birth Certificate (
  5. Marriage Certificate
  6. Your Degree and/or Certificates
  7. Drivers licence
  8. Up to date CV


Scan and email or upload (Google Drive) copies of the following documents to yourself at once so that they are easy to find, in a folder on your email entitled “Important documents”

  1. Your ID
  2. Your driver’s licence
  3. Your Passport
  4. Your Degree and/or Certificates
  5. Up to date CV
  6. Up to date proof of address
  7. Your SARS e-Filing profile details with your password questions
  8. Your income tax number or certificate


Make sure that all documents that are certified are replaced with new ones within three months, as usually companies will not accept certified documents if the date of certification is older than three months.

2. Get A Diary

Whether you use a diary, calendar or organiser of any description, no-one should be without something that allows them to organise their days, weeks and months. This is something you should be using every day to set your appointments, goals and To-Do lists.

It might be helpful to have a calendar within the home – somewhere you can see it – so that you always know what’s coming up in the week. Here, you can keep appointments, upcoming birthdays and anniversaries, so you never forget those important dates.

3. Plan Your Day The Night Before

From making your children’s lunches to choosing your outfit for the next day, if you get as much as you can done the night before, your mornings will be a lot less stressful. Make sure your car has a full tank of fuel so that you don’t have to stop at the petrol station in peak traffic, on the way to work. Be sure to stock up on milk and other necessities on the way home from work so that you’re all prepped for a busy morning the next day. A calm morning will set the tone for a great day.

4. Start Your Day 10 Minutes Ahead

Start your day 10 minutes ahead of your schedule by waking up a little earlier and then leaving the house 10 minutes before you have to. If you’re not rushing through your morning routine – or experiencing a tense commute through rush-hour traffic – you’ll be more likely to end up enjoying the entire experience a little more.

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