Staying organised is something I’ve struggled with in the past, but I think I’m getting a bit better now. My third year of uni is only a few weeks away, and I want to make sure I can juggle my studies and my blog.
So here’s how I’m staying organised and getting my shit together...
LISTS LISTS LISTS
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, to do lists save my life. I write one every single day, so I can keep track of what I’ve got to do. Seeing the tasks listed in front of me stops me from getting overwhelmed (sometimes), and it definitely makes me more productive! If I don’t write a to do list I can guarantee you I’ll procrastinate.
I think setting goals for yourself is really beneficial, and Trello has become my new best friend for doing this over the last few months. Thanks to the lovely Charlotte who introduced me to it – I have no idea what I’d do without it now! As much as I love to do lists, Trello is so much better for long term goals and tasks. It’s easy to customise and move things around as and when needed.
USE YOUR CALENDAR
If you’re a busy person, you’re probably not going to remember that appointment you booked 2 months in advance. Whether it’s a slightly tacky calendar hanging on the wall (yes I have one) or your handy iPhone calendar, adding things to a calendar is essential. I’m the most forgetful person ever, so if I’ve got something planned I always make sure I write it down.
While I don’t stick to a strict schedule, I do like to roughly plan out my day and keep track of the time. If you’ve got lots to do, I often find that sticking to a schedule will mean you get more done. It also gives you things to look forward to aka lunch at 1pm.
The Adexe watch I’m wearing in this blog post has been helping me keep track of my time! It’s their Meek Grande Brown and Gold which they very kindly gifted to me. I love the large face, and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing it a lot in the coming months. The brown strap and the gold detailing is perfect for Autumn and Winter.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Tidy home, tidy mind? I used to think that was complete nonsense, but I’ve realised that it actually does help. It’s especially important if you do a lot of your work from home. If you’ve got a huge to do list, the last thing you want to do is spend your precious time worrying about your messy surroundings. I try to do a quick tidy up everyday to make sure I always keep on top of things.
FIND A WORKSPACE
Everyone prefers to work in different places. On the couch in your pyjamas? In a quiet library? For me, I’m most productive in a cafe (preferably with good music). Obviously I can’t work in a cafe 9-5 everyday, unless someone fancies funding my flat white addiction, but I do try to work from a cafe at least once a week. I always get way more done there, and I always leave feeling so productive.
You might not manage to get everything checked off your list every day, and that’s okay. You need to remember to take time out to relax too. Recently, I’ve been making the point of going out for a walk every single day. I also like taking a book with me to read in the park, and it’s a great way to unwind.
How do you stay organised? Please let me know, I may be getting better but I definitely still need some help!
*The Adexe watch featured was kindly gifted, however all thoughts and words are my own.*
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