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Art of Organised Living: A Colour Coding Odyssey for Effortless Organisation

In the chaos of our daily lives, finding effective ways to bring order is important. This brings us to the genius of colour coding organisation tips – a method that not only transforms the way you manage your space but also taps into the power of visual cues for enhanced productivity.

Colouring by Coding and Organisation Tips

Colour Coding Odyssey for Effortless Organisation

Colouring by coding is not just a visual delight; it’s a cognitive hack backed by neuroscience. As humans, we possess brains wired to process colour before anything else, making colour coding a potent tool for quicker comprehension and information retention. 

 

But where do you begin?

Here are insightful organisation tips to help you get started on establishing your colour codes:

  • Consider the environment you operate in. 
  • Take note of existing colour associations with specific categories, departments, or projects. 
  • Incorporating these elements into your system reduces confusion and fosters seamless collaboration. 
  • Identify your work categories – whether it’s different executives, projects, or administrative tasks – and assign a unique colour to each. 
  • Creating colour codes ensures everyone is on the same page, making maintenance a breese.

Tools for a Colourful Transformation: Colour Coding Essentials

Colour Coding Odyssey for Effortless Organisation

Armed with the knowledge of colouring by coding, it’s time to wield the tools that make the magic happen. From classic file folders and 3-ring binders to modern marvels like Smead Viewables, the options are diverse. Also, don’t let budget constraints hold you back; even without coloured file folders, labels and stickers can infuse vibrancy into your system.

Implementing colour coding extends beyond physical files to the digital space. Explore software addons for digital folders and leverage platforms like Microsoft Outlook to add a spectrum of colours to your tasks, emails, and calendar. So as your system evolves, fine-tune and expand, ensuring a dynamic, responsive organisational structure.

Colour Codes Beyond the Desk: Organising Your Time and Tasks

Colour Coding Odyssey for Effortless Organisation

Take the organising with colour coding philosophy beyond files and folders – infuse it into your daily schedule. For example, Microsoft Outlook empowers you to assign colours to categories, providing a visual snapshot of your engagements. Red for speaking engagements, teal for administrative tasks – these colours act as beacons, guiding you through the intricacies of your schedule.

Before we wrap up, here’s an exciting tidbit for you: Read on, or tune in to the Radio Podcast featuring Bonnie Black to discover how colour codes can help you stay organised at home.

Transcript

Katie:

Colour coding, how it could help you stay organised. I am up for this. I got my pen and my paper ready. It’s Katie on the “Live Well Be Well” radio show. Bonnie Black or Little Miss Organised joins us this morning. Morning, Bonnie.

Bonnie Black:

Morning, Katie. How are you?

Katie:

I’m well. And I did buy, this is funny. I don’t know why I started with this story, but I bought a whole heap of full-scat folders this week, all in different colours, because I’m pumped to start trying to organise things and get colour-coded. It’s a good thing.

Bonnie Black:

I’m glad you’re prepared. That’s great.

Katie:

Yeah, I feel like a fool. But look, tell us why it’s important to colour-coding? Because you’ve got tips for families as well, and it just helps us obviously be more organised and be more stress-free as a result.

Bonnie Black:

Definitely. We’re a very visual society, so colour-coding is really beneficial, especially when you’ve got multiple categories. And children in particular, this is really good for. So, if you’ve got two, three, four-plus children, colour-coding for each of them is actually going to make your life and their life a little bit easier and a little more organised.

Katie:

Now, what sorts of things should we colour-coding? We don’t want to go overboard. Don’t want to freak the kids out. We don’t want to freak ourselves out. You can’t touch that cup because that’s your brother’s cup. You’ve got to keep the same colour. How far should we go?

Bonnie Black:

Look, the more things you colour-code, the easier it’s going to be for you and for your child, especially if you’ve got young children. So, when we’re starting really young, say, two or three, we’re looking at colour-coding all their plates and their cutlery and things like that, their towel for bath time. If they’ve got a hamper that’s only got their washing, or if they’ve got particular baskets that have only their toys, or when they’re getting their room organised, there might be particular storage solutions that come in a variety of colours. We’re looking at those things to colour-code because then it’s a lot easier to distinguish, yes, this is mine, or yes, this particular colour relates to this particular type of item.

Katie:

Do you think it helps kids to be more organised then as well to know where their things are, to get them ready just to know what they’re responsible for as well?

Bonnie Black:

Absolutely. I’ll give you an example. We had a three and a five-year-old in a home, a boy and a girl. And so, the boy chose his colour, I think it was green, and the girl chose hers and hers was purple. So, what we did is we gave them a basket of each, so a green one and a purple one, and we put in there all their cutlery, their crockery, all that stuff in their respective colours. And so that way, when it was time to empty the dishwasher or set the table or do anything in the kitchen that related to eating or cleaning up after a meal, they knew which items were their responsibility to put away or to get out. They made sure that they knew exactly where they went because they had a colour-coded home for them to go to.

Katie:

It’s almost advice that you could give to some adults, Bonnie. I can see how this could work. Just in the home, me, my husband, and my dog. It could talk out a lot of conflict, I think.

Bonnie Black:

It definitely could. I mean, whose cup is that sitting on the kitchen bench. It’s been there all day. I don’t know. It’s the same colour as the other 20 cups. But if they’re colour-coded, at least then you know, Okay, that’s my husband’s cup.

Katie:

He’s. I know who to blame. You know who to blame. Look, goodness. Have you got tips for us? As I said myself, I’m a novice when it comes to… No, I am. I’m an organised person, buddy, in certain areas. But I was doing my end of financial year filing. We’re always in September. I was doing it this week. But still, be quiet. But how do we help people like us? We’re just starting out. We want to get things organised. Colours are a really simple way to do it quickly and effectively, aren’t they?

Bonnie Black:

Absolutely. And take heart, Katie, because I’m only doing my tax stuff now as well. You’re not the only one. This is good. The colours are really good. Once again, we have that visual. Say you’re using a ring binder system, you might have a different coloured ring binder for each child, or you might have a different coloured ring binder for health, one for important documents, one for insurance, one for your vehicles, that thing.

That way, at a glance, you can look at your shelf and know, okay, purple is this particular category. And it just makes it quicker and easier for your brain to actually connect with what you’re searching for. So just like today, our society uses a lot of icons, and we love to look at pictures rather than words and reading text. The colours actually help us visually make those decisions and find things a lot quicker.

Katie:

Goodness, I love it. I’m determined to make it right, Bonnie. I’ll send you a picture of my colour coding. How’s that? That’ll work.

Bonnie Black:

Oh, exciting. Can’t wait.

Katie:

Bonnie Black, Little Miss Organised. Such a pleasure to chat to you. We’ll talk soon.

Bonnie Black:

Great. Thanks, Katie.

Katie:

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Final Thoughts on Colour Coding

In the art of organised living, colour codes paint efficiency, productivity, and creativity. Through colouring by coding, your workload becomes manageable, tasks are prioritised, and deadlines are met with ease. Improved communication and collaboration among teams flourish, while better time management becomes second nature.

Additionally, as you venture into your colour-coded closet or tackle tax documents, the visual brilliance of the system shines. Each colour holds a purpose, aiding quick identification and reducing the chances of oversight. Your closet becomes a masterpiece of efficiency, and your documents tell a story of prioritised importance.

In the end, the “colour coding odyssey” is not just about aesthetics; it’s a strategy for enhanced living. Save time, reduce stress, and unlock creativity with a system that aligns with the way your brain naturally processes information – through the vibrant language of colours. 

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