Yep – you guessed correctly – with my disorganised skills this is another post I found thanks to Gmail and INBOX
Emma knows just how organised I like to be so her new feature seemed pretty perfect for me. Some of my top tips for staying/ being organised might be pretty basic but they’re things I can’t live without doing or having. This year I’m juggling my last year of university and a 12000 word dissertation, working 25 hours a week, a long distance relationship and a wedding to plan as well as blogging too. (Lyndsey has been married for a while now – shame on me)
Notebooks – I must have 4 or 5 notebooks on the go at any one time. One of the only ways things which keep me organised is knowing exactly what is going on in every aspect of my life. The notebooks are generally full of lists of things I need to do or things I need to buy etc. If I had everything in one place, I would get extremely confused!
Whiteboards – I have two whiteboards which does maybe seem a bit excessive, I know. One of these is used for the blog and reviews I write for other sites. I always have a list going of what reviews I need to write and where they need posting to, otherwise I would definitely forget. The other is used for uni work. At the minute, this one is being used for my dissertation so that I know what else I need to write about and what I need to read.
Plan in advance – easier than it seems I know. Every Boxing Day (or as close to it), I head into town and buy a shed load of wrapping paper, bows and tags etc. I also buy family Christmas Cards in the sale for the next year. Last year I couldn’t get into town during the sales and it made me realise how much all of this stuff costs full price. The other year, my Mum and I did this and everything we bought ended up lasting 3 years! Not sure my fiancé was too impressed with carrying 20 rolls of wrapping paper though this year. I know everyone is normally broke after Christmas but even £10-£20 will stock you up really well for next year.
Stationary – I LOVE stationary and find it really helps with organisation. Post it notes of various sizes always come in handy, especially for writing reviews. I have a pad in my handbag at all times so that if there was something important I wanted to write about when reading a book, I could stick a note on a particular page so I won’t forget. Also, being a university student, the tiny post it notes are extremely helpful for bookmarking pages for quotes etc. I love highlighting and writing in different colours too which I find helps when writing about different things. You can’t make proper lists if they’re not colour coded can you?!
Google Calendar – I’ve used Google Calendar now for quite some time and it’s great. Although a paper calendar is good, it’s a complete pain if you need to rearrange blog posts and move things around. Google Calendar lets you use multiple calendars on the same screen for different projects. These, of course, can be colour coded depending on what you are planning which is a feature I love. One blog is purple and one blog is green so I know exactly what is being posted on each day and which blog the posts belong to. I’d be pretty lost without this.
Achievable To Do Lists – Again, another set of lists! I used to make massive to do lists and nothing would ever get done. However, now I have one notebook solely for to do lists. I have a new list for every day of the week with achievable goals on it. Having a big list with so many things on it is very daunting and I never knew where to start when I had one like that. Now with these smaller lists, I feel like I have really achieved something every day and I’m always super happy when I manage to get everything done.
I couldn’t think of 10 things but without these 6, my life would be a completely disorganised mess. I would never know what I was doing or when it was supposed to be done by.