Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Getting Your Sh*t Together


Well hello there and what a strange post I have for you all today. You might remember the Money Management for Shopaholics post I wrote a while ago and it went down incredibly well considering I'm probably the last person on earth who should be giving money tips seeing as I'm terrible with it. But its something I'm slowly getting better at. And that brings me onto todays post which is all about organization, and I used to be pretty terrible at that too! However in recent times I've really been making progress getting my shit together and just getting things done. So I'd love to share with you all a few of the things that have been helping me.

A diary only helps if you use it. Yes, no point in having one if you aren't going to use it! I bought this small sized one from Paperchase as I thought it would be the perfect size to carry around in my handbag at all times. It just makes things like booking appointments so much easier if I can actually check my diary right there and then to make sure that I have nothing else planned for that day. It also helps me to stay focussed on my blog as I like to write down blog post ideas to work on for my days off. I've also made a habit of going through my diary on a Sunday night to check for anything important that may be happening during the week as I've grown rather forgetful in my old age. I have a separate diary to use for my studies which I keep in the folder I take to university and in this one I write down essay and assignment deadlines and any topics I want to look at on my day off. Its become so much of a habit now and I'm glad!

Make 'appropriate' lists. Anyone else an expert in listography? Yeah you guys might think that a list of 'all the things I want to buy when I get paid' is a good place to start as I once did, but I'm talking about proper useful lists. Just about every day I use my 'things to do today' paper (given to me by my mum so no idea where to buy it, soz) and write down all the things I intend to tackle. I always make sure I put the most important tasks at the top so that they are a priority and I won't go onto the next task until I've completed the one above. I'd be lying if I said I always got through these lists in a day but they are so extremely helpful for me and stop me from getting distracted by rubbish TV or my twitter feed.

Set reminders for the most mundane tasks. I often forget to do the most everyday things like washing my work uniform or buying new pens for uni so I like to set reminders. Every Sunday night I set a reminder to put a washing on and also most week nights to make my packed lunch for uni the next day or at least have something in the fridge that I can take with me. I've never been any good at getting organised the night before and always seem to leave everything to the last minute so this has really helped me to organise my life and make sure that I'm not leaving the house without anything or panicking the next morning when I'm running late for work because I can't find my work clothes.

Get ahead of the game with early outfit choices. Its probably a big thing for us girls to wake up every morning and panic about what to wear or what to wear it with, but recently I've been choosing my next day attire the evening before and even hanging it up outside my wardrobe avec appropriate underwear so that such stressful situations are now a thing of the past. It also helps for those mornings when you just can't get out of bed as I used to lie about in my PJs until it was time to leave but now I jump out of bed and straight into my clothes which helps me to wake up faster and prevents me from diving back under the covers for a sneaky 5 minute snooze.

What helps you to stay organized?
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  1. These are really good tips! Making lists and planning things are sometime I do too and it always helps me! Great post xx

    riitamacedo.blogspot.pt

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  2. These are really handy, I often find I'm able to be a bit more creative with my outfit choices by planning them ahead. Even going to buy a diary to plan out my meals for the week - it may sound sad but hey it works!

    Hannah xx

    granitecitygirlblog.co.uk

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    1. Defenitely it's become one of my favourite hobbies outfit styling for the next day haha xxxx

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  3. I've started keeping a diary of sorts for what I eat, too (count those macros!) and it's amazing how much it's helped me control cravings and choose healthier options! And do you think of your blog as a diary? Personally, I think writing blog posts is hugely relaxing and improves writing skills and is maybe a less intimate version of a diary :) The more I do it, the more I want to!
    ~ Samantha

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    1. I actually was planning on starting a food diary! Mainly to help me eat healthier meals and cook more! Would love to see a post on how you do this :) xxxx

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  4. These are so helpful! Thank you for sharing ♥
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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  5. I started planning my weeks on a paper-and-pen desk planner this year and it really helps me to put things into perspective, although I'm a great one for iPhone calendars too. Writing things down makes them seem more real, you know?

    AS for clothes... well... this is super-nerdy but I have divided my wardrobe into numbered "categories" (work dresses, day dresses I can get away with for work, skirts, jeans etc) and then I go onto random.org every morning and pick a number :) then I just wear everything in order since I last wore it! Keeps the wardrobe rotated too, and if the number lands on something that makes me shudder I know I'm good to get rid.

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    1. I love that idea of rotating your wardrobe/categorising clothes ! Would so come in handy for me :) xxxx

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  6. great tips! i know tons of people that have a planner but never ever open it! whats the point then? MY advice is to actually use it and everything will be perfect.
    xo
    Orly
    coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com

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    1. Couldn't have put it better haha! :) xxxx

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  7. These are such great tips :) I have tried using apps on my phone to keep myself organized, but I've realized that carrying around a planner and actually writing my to-do list down works much better.

    Thanks for sharing! & I love your blog <3

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    1. Glad that you have found a way to be organised lovely! Keep it up haha :) xxxx

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  8. I'm a new follower and I think I'm a tiny bit in love with you and your blog (in a non creepy way - promise!)

    Georgina
    foxonthehunt.com

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    1. Thank you so much for following! Can't wait to have a look on your blog :) xxxx

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  9. I can't go anywhere without my daily planner, it's been a life safer to help remember all the things I need to do and I have a horrible memory so without it i'd be lost...great post!!!

    xx amber// www.ambermagus.ca

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    1. I'm the exact same I get so darn forgetful haha! Xxxx

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