6 Tips to Help You Get Organised (And Stay That Way)

6 tips to help you get organised & stay that way

I think almost everyone can agree that they need to be more organised, in at least one aspect of their own life. Especially with the demands of this day and age, where you often have more than one thing going on at any one time, being able to prioritise and feel in control of what you’re doing is so important.

Organisation is something I’ve been working on a lot throughout 2017, as I mentioned in my February Overview, and it’s really helped to keep my head above water, so I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been doing in the hopes that they help you, too.

Use a calendar

I’m not sure whether this is just something my family does, but every Christmas, it’s a tradition for me to receive at least one calendar for the year ahead. Until halfway through last year, I would use my calendar exclusively for birthday’s and would still be in September at the end of the year, but I’ve since made it a valuable tool in tracking and planning big I events so that I always know where I’m at with one quick look back at it.

I still use my calendar for birthday’s, but I also use it for other big events such as college events and guest post deadlines. I also have a tracking system with stickers, which I use to track things like college assignment due dates. This is great to make sure you aren’t double-booking yourself or taking on too much at once.

I know some people like to use a phone calendar for this, but for me, it’s a lot easier to take a quick look at the calendar on my wall than go through the hassle of finding my phone, opening it and looking at it that way.

But what about when you’re out and about?

Here comes my next point…

Keep a diary

Unlike a calendar, the compactness of a diary makes it easier to carry around in a handbag or backpack, and makes remembering things even easier. You also tend to have much more room in a diary, so as well as tracking upcoming events and college due dates, I also write in when TV shows air so I don’t forget to watch them, and things that may have happened in that day that I may want to look back on in the future.

Plan your day the night before

This is something I don’t do nearly as much as I should, but when I do, I feel like there’s something really relaxing about taking fifteen minutes of an evening to organise the following day. It always leaves me feeling better when I wake up, too. If you can’t make time in your evenings to do this, even thinking about it before you go to bed can make things easier when you wake up the next day.

If you’re feeling super organised and want to step things up a notch, you could even get things ready for the next day the night before. I try and prepare my college bag the night before, and start thinking about the clothes I’m going to wear, which really helps in avoiding the morning rush and can lower the overwhelming feeling of needing to be doing everything at once.

organising with a to-do list

Make a to-do list

Sometimes, I make to-do lists in my diary, sometimes I make them on sticky notes, and sometimes I make them in the notepad document on my laptop. However you decide to do this, breaking down tasks can make a big task seem a lot less daunting. As humans, we like to feel the accomplishment that comes with completing something, too, so crossing off a task or filling in a box to show you’ve completed a task is definitely a great tool for motivation, too!

Clean your space before you start working in it

This doesn’t apply to every situation, but I find I’m a lot more unorganised when the space around me looks like a bomb’s gone off. Most of the work I do takes place in my bedroom, so I’ll put some music on and quickly tidy my bedroom before I start working on whatever it is I need to do. This includes making my bed and cleaning my desk so only the things I need for the upcoming task are on there. It sounds like such a simple thing, but I find it so much easier to be organised in the work I’m doing when the environment around me is organised, too.

Take advantage of smaller breaks

Do you ever have those small breaks in your daily routine that you find yourself wondering what to do, or scrolling aimlessly through social media, because you feel there’s not much time to do anything productive? I’m so guilty of doing this, but recently, I’ve tried to start an activity within these breaks—even if they’re only fifteen minute ones—even though I know I won’t get very far. Sometimes, when I know this break won’t make a dent in what I have to do, or isn’t worth starting something in, I’ll plan what I need to do later instead, through one of the methods I’ve mentioned above. This means I can sit down when I have more time and get on with a task, rather than having to sit down and organise things first.


These are the six most effective tips I’ve used to help organise my life in the last few months. I hope they help you in the same way that they have helped me lately! I’d love to know if there’s anything you use to improve your organisational skills in the comments below; I’m always looking at ways of being more organised!

Thanks for reading, and until next time,

Goodbye

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38 Comments

  1. Luis C.

    18/03/2017 at 6:26 PM

    Great post, we featured a post about Productivity, making lists, stop multitasking and eliminating distractions.

    1. RebekahG

      18/03/2017 at 6:42 PM

      Thanks so much for reading!

  2. entirely erika

    18/03/2017 at 7:09 PM

    Very informative! Followed you on BL!

    – ee (..)
    http://www.entirelyerika.com

    1. RebekahG

      18/03/2017 at 7:15 PM

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it informative.

  3. The B Hive

    18/03/2017 at 10:21 PM

    All these are so relatable. I was literally just thinking about the advice for preparing the night before! someone else mentioned it in a Youtube video and I thought how clever, yet simple! I think I am definitely going to start doing this as of TONIGHT! x

    1. RebekahG

      19/03/2017 at 1:31 AM

      Thank you! Good luck. It’s something I aim to do everyday, but it’s definitely one of the tips I’m having to consciously remind myself of.

  4. Krysten

    18/03/2017 at 10:26 PM

    I really need to take more advantage of smaller breaks… I’m a good time waster and could really make use of that time!

    1. RebekahG

      19/03/2017 at 2:17 PM

      I think we’re all definitely guilty of doing it sometimes. It’s definitely a good idea to become aware of it so that you can begin to make changes, though. 🙂

  5. Ice Cream Clara Blog

    18/03/2017 at 11:54 PM

    Awww such lovely tips, I’ve kept a diary since last summer and now rely on it so much! Love your blog! 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara (P.S we should absolutely follow each other on bloglovin or instagram haha 😀 xx)

    1. RebekahG

      19/03/2017 at 4:01 AM

      Diary’s are life savers, aren’t they? I really struggle with keeping up with ones I make in my phone, so having a physical copy is a lifesaver!
      Thank you! 🙂

  6. abbeylouisarose

    19/03/2017 at 8:13 AM

    To do lists are my absolute saviour! Especially if I’m writing up a piece of work for uni and need to remind myself to add a reference or reword a paragraph! I have recently started using my phone as a calendar so I can set myself reminders, it’s definitely helped me get more organised! Great post, thanks for sharing 😘

    Abbey ✨www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      19/03/2017 at 5:43 PM

      That’s a great use of a to do list! I reference as I go with college work, but I use a website to do it for me, and I know that’s probably not good practice for university because I’m probably not doing it right at all, haha!
      Wow, I totally admire people who can use their phones to keep track of calendars and stuff, but I just can’t do it. I’m glad it’s helped you become more organised, though!

  7. Farwa B Naqvi

    19/03/2017 at 3:50 PM

    I don’t keep a calendar but I keep a diary to note down important dates, events, lists of movies and books I want to watch/read, even ideas. Diaries are awesome.

    1. RebekahG

      19/03/2017 at 11:39 PM

      Wow, that’s cool! They really are. You can really make them what you want to, too, which is always great.

  8. Farwa

    19/03/2017 at 3:51 PM

    I don’t keep a calendar but I keep a diary to note down important dates, events, lists of movies and books I want to watch/read, even ideas. Diaries are awesome.

    1. RebekahG

      24/03/2017 at 6:43 PM

      Thank you!

  9. Rabz E

    24/03/2017 at 12:22 PM

    very Informative.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. RebekahG

      24/03/2017 at 6:37 PM

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it informative! 🙂

  10. Holly Bee

    24/03/2017 at 5:25 PM

    This post has convinced me to get a diary. I’m also going to make use of the calendar hanging in my kitchen!

    1. RebekahG

      24/03/2017 at 6:38 PM

      I’m glad I’ve convinced you to become more organised, haha! I’ve definitely found using my calendar helpful, especially when I have so much on at once. I hope it helps you!

  11. Sonja Josipovics

    24/03/2017 at 9:21 PM

    Great tips! I have just my ‘to do’ list right know!

    1. RebekahG

      24/03/2017 at 10:46 PM

      Thank you; I’m glad you liked them! I hope the to-do list helps!

  12. Thomas

    24/03/2017 at 9:41 PM

    Thank you or sharing this post! 🙂

  13. travelbeautyblog

    24/03/2017 at 10:05 PM

    To-do lists and planning the night before works best for me. Thanks for sharing these tips

    1. RebekahG

      24/03/2017 at 10:47 PM

      Yeah, me too. They really help me wake up in the morning’s feeling like I know where I’m going, so I can just get on with it. You’re welcome!

  14. Ella

    24/03/2017 at 10:12 PM

    Good advice! X

    1. RebekahG

      24/03/2017 at 10:47 PM

      Thank you!

  15. jim_burgoon

    24/03/2017 at 10:45 PM

    I am naturally bad at organization. What would you recommend for someone like me?

    1. RebekahG

      25/03/2017 at 3:17 AM

      Oh, I’ve definitely been there myself!
      Like with anything, I’d definitely say you need to start with something small. I think a calendar is good for that, because most people have one lying around, mostly unused, and it doesn’t take much to make it a habit to check that every now and again. Just start writing main events in it, and get into the habit of looking at it everyday or every few days to make sure you don’t have anything coming up, and then start writing more events in it, until it becomes the most handy. I think doing that can help you expand and use some of the other pieces of advice in my blog post, too!

  16. Fillia Barden (@thereforewego)

    24/03/2017 at 11:37 PM

    I plan my day the night before -if i remember. Lol. But these are great advice!

    1. RebekahG

      25/03/2017 at 3:03 PM

      Oh, I completely relate, haha! Sometimes I get into bed and I’m so tired I completely forget.
      I’m glad you appreciated the advice! 🙂

  17. Janne

    25/03/2017 at 2:00 PM

    Planning helps so well for me 🙂

    1. RebekahG

      25/03/2017 at 5:14 PM

      I’m glad! It helps me, too. 🙂

  18. Fijord (@_fijord_)

    25/03/2017 at 4:01 PM

    These are all such valuable tips! I’ve found keeping track of my activities and tasks in a daily planner or agenda is so useful!

  19. MissBriannaMarie

    01/04/2017 at 7:48 PM

    This is so helpful since my brain is always jumping from one idea to the next (ADHD)! Hence you might imagine my organizational skills are awful haha!

    1. RebekahG

      01/04/2017 at 9:17 PM

      Thank you! I can imagine that must be difficult. I don’t have ADHD, but executive dysfunction (it’s a consequence of autism, depression & anxiety) can make organisation difficult at times. I hope these tips manage to help you!

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