I was quite hesitant about writing this post about being organised, hence the ‘try to’ in the title. I’m definitely not a person who’s got it all together and whose days run smoothly according to plan. There are moments when I feel like I’m being pulled in a million directions and everything is falling apart or I make to-do lists longer than the Great Wall of China so I end up screwing everything up and doing absolutely nothing. However, I thought it would be fun and maybe interesting for some of you to share my organisational tips that help me stay sane and keep my life on track.
- The numero uno thing I have to do every morning is making my bed after I wake up. This may seem like such a small and irrelevant thing to do but for me it makes a huge difference on how I go on about my day and it gives me the motivation to face all my upcoming tasks. If my bed is unmade then most likely my entire room will end up looking chaotic and that’s something I cannot stand.
- Speaking of my room looking chaotic, I also like to practice ‘mise en place’, or to be more clear, I like putting stuff into place. I allocate a certain place for basically everything and I try to keep everything in its place as much as possible. This way I spend less time trying to find my belonging or dreading to do things.
- Put it away now is another organisational rule that I live by. Either it’s my hair brush, a piece of clothing or a book, after I’m done using it I have to put it back in its place straight away. The only time I can make an exception is when I get ready for a night out. I usually don’t have time to clean up after myself and my room ends up looking like it’s been hit by a tornado. However, you best believe that when I come home at three in the morning my number one priority is to put away all my stuff and then going to bed.
- I like to write everything down. And by everything I mean literally EVERYTHING. Sometimes I even feel the need to put down ‘go to the toilet’ or ‘drink water’ on days when I get too swamped up by my main tasks or events. I have a billion and one notebooks, planners and this year I also decided to make a bullet journal, so let me tell you a bit about how my planning is functioning.
I have a notebook that I take with me to uni for those super rare moments when I have to take notes. Everything is digital now, it’s actually embarrassing to take out a pen and paper in class when everyone is on their MacBooks. Then I have two other notebooks where I’ve put down random ideas and schedules for my blog and Youtube but now that I’ve created my bullet journal, these two notebooks are retired and no longer in use.
I also have a 2018 planner that I got on Asos and besides it being cute, it is also very practical. It includes monthly tabbed dividers, non-dated week spreads, planner and review pages and note pages. It also comes with a calendar, sticker sheets and a bookmark. I use this planner mainly for its week spreads where I put down all the things that I need to d
o. If I don’t complete a certain task, I’ll grab a notes page, migrate the tasks on it and put it up on my wall so I can see it and try and get it done asap. One of my favourite pages in this planner is ‘my month in review’, which surprise, surprise…you get it at the end of each month. Here you can jot down your five favourite things or moments of the month, quotes or other notes. There’s also a mood scale and space for you to put down the things you were grateful for and goals for the following month.
And now for the most interesting part…how the hell do I use my bullet journal? I wasn’t even sure if I should start one or not because I’ve seen so many videos and read so many blog posts about the bullet journal and everything looked so Pinterest worthy. I’m not a DIY expert and I’m no good with drawing or calligraphy either so I was a bit put off by that because I still wanted my journal to look cute. But because my desire to be on top of the game this year was so big and because I want to be the queen of organisation, I went for it and started my bullet journal. I won’t go into a lot of detail about the pages but I use this mainly for my blog and Youtube, and also for some random things that I want to keep track of. So after my index and the key, I have a future log and a couple of pages where I put down my monthly key dates.
After this, I’ve made monthly pages for my blog and Youtube where I put down the dates when I’m supposed to be posting, along with a little checklist to make sure pictures are taken, words are written, videos are filmed, edited and so on. I’ve also included a statistic tracker which I will be filling out every month with the numbers of people that follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter but also with how many subscribers I reach, video views and blog unique visitors.
I’ve also allocated a lot of space for brainstorming, random notes and thoughts about blog posts and videos because sometimes I get some weird ideas floating around my head and if don’t write them down they will be lost and forgotten.
Now this may seem a bit extra but the other half of my bullet journal is all about tracking my habits. I like tracking things such as the steps that I take, money I spend or how many hours of sleep I get every night. I also have a section where I try to plan my meals, which helps me not only to save time when I’m hungry and don’t know what to eat but it also saves me from giving up on making myself a meal and just ordering takeaway.
At the end of my bullet journal I left a few pages where I write down one good thing that happens to me everyday. It can be anything from food, to buying something I wanted for ages or seeing a friend, if it made me happy, I’ll put it on the paper. I’m also a huge fan of printing out pictures and looking back at some sweet memories made with friends, so I have made a memory bank section. I use a hp sprocket to print stuff straight from my phone and then I just stick the pictures inside my bullet journal and I’m good to go. It’s like having a scrapbook and a journal in one.
- Make use of technology. I know some people are not fans of notebooks and paper and pens, etc. but you cans till stay organised by using your phones, laptops, iPads or whatever you may own. Even if I’m a planner/notebook freak, I don’t always carry one with me so I do make use of the calendar on my phone and the notes app as well. My iPhone calendar is basically synched with my planner and if I make notes during the day, I’ll make sure I’ll put them down in my bullet journal as soon as I get home.
So these are the 5 basic things that I like to do to stay organised and have my life under control. I am sure most of you do these things yourselves but personally I find it refreshing when I see that someone else does the same things as I do or has similar routines. Do let me know in the comments if you have any other tips on how to stay organised!
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