Women in leadership positions have a vast range of tasks to handle each day, and often struggle to be as productive as they’d like. If you’re in this position, you’re not alone. However, it’s crucial to find ways to be as effective as you can, and increase your power to tick things off your to-do list and help your team achieve top results.

When you’re busy, it’s understandable that you may not want to take time to get organised, particularly if this doesn’t come naturally to you, but letting things pile up can quickly lead to overwhelm.


You need a clear head to focus for hours at a time and to do the kind of deep thinking and creative work that is no doubt a part of your role. It’s hard to do this when your brain keeps getting distracted by the things around you. Besides, it’s frustrating having to spend time searching for paperwork or other supplies.

To avoid the chaos and stress caused by a messy office, it takes more than just buying a few nice-looking pen holders and paper trays. You must address things on a deeper level and find ways to make order stick for longer. Doing this makes you feel better and helps you to portray the confident, in-control image you want your team to have of you.


To change things for the better, it helps to think about who you are as a person. What type of organisational style might suit you best? When we think of getting organised we generally think of the classic Type A personalities who love to have everything in its place, but you don’t have to be a neat freak to get your office in order.

Get the assistance of a team member, colleague or friend to help you clean up once a week or fortnight. This task then becomes a fun activity done together rather than something you hate.

If you’re more of an artistic person who lives by deadlines, has many projects on the go, and struggles to complete things, give yourself enough room to spread out in your office. Use big containers to arrange and rearrange different project items. Create some clean-up deadlines for yourself each month too.

Are you someone who’s focused on the big picture, looking at end goals and losing sight of the details it takes to get there? If so, it can be hard to concentrate on tidying when you have bigger things on your mind. To work around this, put up a large whiteboard that features your long-term goals, but also place smaller steps underneath these that you need to complete to get there, such as sorting and tidying. This visual representation will prompt you to remember the importance of cleaning up.


Ever feel like your to-do list is ruling your life? Whether you’re a tech-loving app devotee, wedded to Basecamp, Trello, or Asana – or a back-of-an-envelope scribbler, convinced that the very act of putting pen to paper helps your brain fire better – set a challenge today to make your to-do list work better for you.

At its most basic level, a to-do list is exactly what it sounds like: a list of actions that need to be completed at any one time. The trouble is, in today’s world the sheer number of tasks can quickly become overwhelming. And many of us play so