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…’ kind of thing, but a diary/planner/notebook with lists – whatever works for you. Track your appointments, contacts, reminders and to-do lists and make sure you use it every single day. You have no idea how much it helps! If you didn’t know already, I use a bullet journal. I track useful things like periods, jobs applied for and my snakes’ info. 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 beat them, which means things will get done quicker.
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 EVERYTHING. I have a weekly schedule in my bullet journal for tasks (I have a little time tracker) and I also schedule my post schedule (including what days I need to write/film) 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 how much you can cut down, how much you can put in savings and how much you can afford to spend each week or month. It’s really handy if you’re a bit skint like me!
5. Keep tidy
A tidy room and 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. Also, 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 invitations and such.
6. Minimise distractions
If you’re trying to get a project done, limit your distractions. Have a separate space away from kids, 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.
So, those were my tips for staying organised! I try and take my own advice but sometimes I’ll slip and get behind on certain things. But we’re only human… and the procrastination fairies are real.