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.
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,
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