Last Updated on January 21, 2023 by Administrator
By far one of the most important core skills and habits to have is that of good organisation. It is one of a few skills which, while seemingly insignificant or unimportant, have the greatest impact on other potentials and several facets of life in general.
What is Good Organisation Skills?
Good organisation skills means being inclined to and able to cleanly arrange items in an environment, to be orderly, harmonious and well-reasoned, thus improving the accessibility, clarity, effectiveness and efficiency of the environment itself.
When you organise things properly, they serve their purpose better, you understand them more and you are always able to find and get what you want from them EASILY.
We’ll come to why this is a most powerful skill in a bit.
Organising an Environment
One may organise items in an environment chronologically (according to how new or old they are), alphabetically, or by popularity or frequency of use, similarities in nature or purpose, target (user or owner), colour or looks, or some other pattern, rules or relationships, or a combination of these at different levels.
For example, books (the items) on a shelf (the environment) may be arranged according to;
Level 1: At the very start
- Subjects (being similarity of nature or purpose of items)
Level 2: For each group of books of same subject, they may further be arranged according to
- The age of the reader (target) or
- The title of the book (alphabetically) or
- How often they are used (frequency/popularity)
And then again
Level 3: For each group of books with same attributes as above, they may be further arranged by
- How old or new a book is (chronologically) or
- How tall or short a book is (size)
Either of the above relationships could have been used at either of the levels of arrangement; how one arranges depends on their needs and how best it achieves the purpose of organising.
The relationships and rules by which one identifies and groups items is known as sorting. Once items are sorted, deciding which comes before the other from first to last is ordering; usually in either Ascending (ASC) or Descending (DESC) order. Sorting and ordering together is termed arrangement.
The Bigger Power of Organisation – In Your Mind
The habit of being organised with one’s environments develops into being organised with one’s thoughts and actions as well, and this is where the true power of good organisation skills begins to show.
Here, your thoughts are the items, and your mind is the environment, and the same rules of organisation apply except now you do them mentally, and sometimes with the help of a notepad (physical or digital).
By organising your thoughts and actions, you also gain the ability to simplify the most complex situations, no matter how big, breaking them down into distinct components and rearranging them for gradual and better clarity. This turns you into a remarkable problem solver and an invaluable asset in most settings and to most people who do not have such skills.
Good organisation skills also manifests mentally as excellent logical reasoning and critical thinking skills, albeit in combination with other skill sets.
Good organisation skills can even help you as a writer, artist or engineer by helping you piece together components of your work beautifully.
It also makes you indispensable as a leader, business manager or employee, improving the way you structure and set up a business, operation or work environment or an entire government for efficiency and effectiveness.
You also develop the ability to strategize and plan effectively, be it for an event, community, national development or one’s life in general.
The extent of its power can neither be exhausted nor overemphasised, and the essential activities in all of the above are the same; identifying relationships between things, spreading them out, arranging them properly and connecting the dots clearly and beautifully. Anyone with the core skill of good organisation develops the rest easily.
Developing Good Organisation Skills
Fortunately, good organisation skills is easy to develop. It only requires resolve and consistency which is where most people unfortunately fail.
It starts, from childhood, with simple habits like placing items back in their right place once you pick them up for use, keeping the items on your table, in your bag and anywhere else in their right places, and keeping and putting things together in ways that make sense in terms of colour and aesthetics, functionality, ease of access, etc.
Before long, this graduates into organising your thoughts in a similar fashion for clarity of purpose and nature, planning out moves, managing complexities and excelling in everything you do.
Good organisation skills build over time; there is always room to improve one’s eye for order, harmony and relationships, and our sense of clarity and purpose. Due to the dynamic and variable nature of environments and problems around us, it is impossible to have a fixed view on how things should be organised in every instance, and that is why experience and consistency helps in improving this skill over time.
For this reason, it’s always important to start early, the habit of being organised; the longer one has practiced it the more powerful their skill is and its impact in other areas of their life. Being disorganised on the other hand creates significant problems for any individual and their surroundings.