Being a libra, I love effortless organisation. Pretty notebooks, funky storage, to-do lists, planners, you name it, I’ll organise my ass off with it. I honestly find so much peace of mind out of being organised, it saves me time and it stops me turning into a big crazy stress ball. If you’re looking to get yourself organised then here’s a couple of jumping off points that I’ve found really helpful!
I am the worst in the world for saying I will do all the things today. I will tackle the 100 things on my to-do list! I tackle the first, it takes longer than expected, I get a call off my mum, I pop the kettle on, I grab some lunch, I look over my list, oh look, Netflix….then before I know it I’m going to bed and I’m fretting over the 99 other things I didn’t get done.
So instead of putting 100 things on my list, I put 3. I can easily tick 3 things off my list and if that’s the whole list? HELLO accomplishment! This box ticking euphoria usually leads to me adding a couple more things to my list, which get done seen as though I’m on this roll.
Do it DAILY
I try to make a to-do list everyday. It can be mundane things like getting the washing done to answering a certain e-mail or making holiday arrangements. Get into the habit of tackling your to-do’s everyday. Not only will you put a dent in your overall to-do’s, but you will get into the habit of doing things on certain days which leads to…
Make a plan and STICK to it
I always loved timetables when I was in school, I loved knowing what was coming next and where I was suppose to be. I’ve always done something similar in my adult life, be it blogging on certain days or having designated gym days. The same goes for everything else. For example, I know on the 1st of every month I sit down and sort out my finances. I try to do the washing on a Tue, Thur and Sun, and Sunday morning before the shopping comes, I clear out the fridge. I’ve been doing these things for so long that I don’t even need to put them on my to-do list anymore, they’re just ingrained into my regular routine!
Find a system that works for YOU
Bullet Journalling, daily planning, paper planning, using your phone, setting reminders, find a system that you click with! For me it’s daily planning using both paper and my phone. I do want to try bullet journalling though, I can’t stop looking at the pretty spreads people have created, and those daily habit trackers? They make my little organised heart sing!
This is a new thing for me and something that I’m really excited to get into! A single calendar that stays with you year after year. No more copying birthdays into your new diary every January, no excuse to forget an upcoming birthday or anniversary. One notebook (or wall calendar) and that’s it, simply updated as and when a new special date comes up! Hands down, this idea is totally inspired by too many Life Planner un-boxings that’s I’ve seen of late!
Try to organise projects by ROOM
I try to pick one particular room or area in the house each week and add a little something that needs sorting there to my to-do list a couple of times a week. For example, my wardrobe is in dire need of organising, from switching out my winter layers for summer pieces, to sorting my shoes and dealing with the accumulated junk on the top. So, one day I might just add remove winter clothes from wardrobe. Then the next day, add summer clothes to wardrobe. This breaks a big job up until several, manageable, mini-jobs, which is doable after a day in work and still leaves time for a Netflix and chill before bed!
DONT beat yourself up
Remember I talked about going to bed fretting about the 99 things I didn’t get done? That’s a huge no-no! So what if you didn’t get everything ticked off your to-do list? There’s always tomorrow. It is not worth beating yourself up over! I should know, I’m more guilty of this than I really want to admit! You’ve got to take organisation one day at a time, one project at a time. And what works for one person, might not work for you, and that’s OK too!
Have you ever thought about how your star sign affects your organisation habits? This inforgraphic from Furniture@Work has got some keen insights into that!
Are you an organised mess or an organised goddess?
Until next time,
*This is a collaborative post.