If you’re anything like me, then you need some sort of structure to your life in order to stop the pesky procrastination fairies (they’re a thing, honest) from ruining your day. Here’s my sort-of-guide to becoming more organised!
- KEEP A DIARY
Not a ‘dear diary…’ one, but a diary/planner/notebook that helps you keep your life organised – whatever works for you. Track your appointments, contacts, reminders and to-do lists and make sure you use it every single day. It’s changed my life since using one! If you didn’t know already, I use a bullet journal. I track useful things like my monthly cycle, daily tasks, weight and pet information. I’ve got so many posts about it, so head over to the ‘bullet journaling’ category and have a scroll. I’ll even include a link to my category page: here you go!
2. SET ACCOUNTABILITY & GOALS
You’re more likely to get a task done if you have some sort of accountability. Tell people what you plan to do and you’ll do it or risk getting embarrassed when you don’t. It’s simple psychology! Set yourself goals and you’ll try and get them done, which is the whole point of a to-do list.
I cannot stress enough how important a schedule is. Whether you’re a blogger/youtuber like me, work from home, have kids, or have lots of projects, a schedule is key. I have a weekly schedule in my bullet journal for tasks to keep me organised and I also plan my youtube and blog schedule months in advance. It stops the feeling of panic about doing things last-minute!
4. TRACK YOUR FINANCES
Even if it’s just your outgoings versus income, knowing where you’re spending your money will help you know where you can cut down on spending, how much you can put in savings each month and how much you can afford to spend. It’s really handy if you’re a bit skint or just like to be frugal!
5. KEEP TIDY
A tidy room and organised house do wonders for productivity. I’m not sure how, but it works! Keep on top of housework (maybe even create a schedule) and organise your possessions. A tidy house is a tidy mind. Make sure you have a filing system for important documents like your passport and possibly a noticeboard or ‘hub’ for things like unpaid bills or appointments so you don’t waste time trying to find the things you really need or miss events.
6. MINIMISE DISTRACTIONS
If you’re trying to get a project done, limit your distractions. Have a separate space away from other people, don’t do multiple things at once and don’t open up Facebook! There’s extensions you can add to your browser that means you can’t access distracting sites for a certain amount of time so if this is something you’re guilty of, think about getting something like that.