How to organise with colour

Colour code your life

Colour, the indispensable tool of designers worldwide can also help you organise everything from the office to the home.

From time to time we all have a difficult time organising some important part of our lives — our filing cabinets, our schedules, email, or any number of elements at home or at work.

Colour may be the solution! Organising with colour can help streamline your routine, improve your productivity and save time.  Colour coded systems of organising are up to four times faster than conventional methods.  As a result colour coding will make your job and lives easier, decrease stress and increase our self-confidence.

Furthermore, the potential of colour coding our applications is endless in any environment and for any purpose.

Colour can;

  • Speed the filing process and facilitates quick retrieval of documents, emails.  It prevents misfiles and helps us avoid the needless creation of new files.
  • Prioritise, classify, identify and specify the action to be taken on correspondence or routine materials.
  • Code schedules and calendars for meetings, deadlines, special events and special dates; and
  • Identify or highlight maps, products, tools or equipment.


It is particularly useful in our digital lives.

On an apple mac you might use the finder;

The following blog post provides some excellent examples on how to use colour in your calendar.

One Calendar to Rule Them All! How I Use iCal to Coordinate Multiple Schedules

After just over a year of trying various systems, My Person and I have a shared iCal system that makes scheduling our lives, jointly and separately, much easier and more efficient. Why iCal? We are Apple people. He’s the original Mac enthusiast, but I converted a few years ago.


teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown. Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses. Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment.


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