5 tips for staying organized in the midst of chaos

Published February 29, 2016 2:52 pm by LoSasso

It’s Monday morning. You have 57 unread emails and three back-to-back meetings starting in five minutes. You haven’t even had a cup of coffee yet. At any ad agency, the day can quickly become hectic and overwhelming. Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused and productive. But regardless of where you work, these five tips can help you stay organized in the face of chaos.




  1. Prioritize. While it may seem like your to-do list is never-ending, prioritize hot items to make it more manageable. Often, I’ll break my list into urgent tasks to complete in the next hour, items for today and things that can wait.


  1. Try Evernote. Rather than scribbling to-dos on random Post-its and various notebooks, keep everything in one place by downloading Evernote. It’s a simple, free app that will sync between all your devices. I’ve been using Evernote for a few years now and it helps me easily keep track of my notes, to-do lists and everything in between. When I’m on the train and think of a random email I need to check, I can make a note on my phone, and it’s on my to-do list when I get to work.


  1. Keep a clean inbox. In the marketing world, emails can start piling up fast. I try to keep my inbox clean, creating folders and filing emails I need to save, deleting emails I don’t need anymore, and only keeping the ones I need to take action on in my inbox.


  1. Schedule your day. Think through the work day, what meetings are scheduled, and what time you have at your desk. Plan out what you want to accomplish in between meetings and try stick to it!


  1. Take a deep breath. One of the hardest things I learned early on in my career is that I’ll never get everything on my to-do list done, and that’s okay. When you’re feeling extra stressed and overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember that you’re only human, there are only so many hours a day, and some things can probably wait!


Next time you feel like you don’t know where to start at work, remember these tips and try to bring some organization to your daily grind.