Staying organized can be quite bothersome and difficult to stick to, but there’s always that moment when you’re looking for some document and you scramble to find it… That moment when your boss hovers over your desk impatiently, watching you desperately search through piles and piles of papers or endless lists of documents on your PC saved to a folder that you’re not even sure exists anymore.

Needless to say, it’s moments like those that we want to prevent. Here are some tips and products that will help reduce the pain in your butt and help prevent your boss from breathing down your neck.

Purchasing Planners

Planners are a must if you want to stay organized. They will allow you to set dates for tasking as well as write down due dates for particular assignments or projects on a daily or weekly basis. Depending on how in depth you want to get and how much you want to spend, you could plan things out month to month, or even plan out the entire year!

Folders for Finding Files

In order to prevent frequent frantic searches for your documents, you should consider buying folders to store the files that you don’t have saved to your device. Name or label those files based on either the material or that date completed to keep yourself from getting confused.

As for the files that are saved to your computer, you should organize your files into labeled folders. These folders should be named according to their relevancy to the content inside of them such as a general, all-encompassing word or phrase. A dated label will also help you keep files where they need to be!

Remembering Reminders & Posting Post-its

If you’re still having trouble remembering to complete the tasks you have written down in your planner, or if you’re still misplacing files, feel free to set a reminder for yourself. It will serve to keep you on the track of organization you have set yourself on.

Post-its have always been a great way to leave literal little notes for your future self as far as we can remember. Leave them in places where you often direct your attention, otherwise there won’t be a point in even writing one in the first place, you won’t see it!

Most people these days don’t leave home without their smartphones or tablets at their sides. If you’re one of those people, you can use your device to set audible reminders for yourself on specific times and dates. It’s a great idea if you’re attached to your electronics more than your paper planners!