Seeing as December is nearing an end and 2017 is upon us (eeeek), it feels time to get organised and ready for the start of new tasks doesn’t it? I don’t know about you but at this time of year it prompts me to want to start ‘afresh’, achieve many goals for the new year ahead and get more organised.
I am, however, a VERY organised person anyway. It comes rather naturally to me, both at work and at home. It makes me happier when I am. I dislike living in a chaotic state and it upsets me when I miss work deadlines or forget personal events or dates.
I vowed to get more organised in 2016 and I really did. It’s not easy working for myself, being Mum to 4-year old twins, as well as having a home to look after, but I definitely believe that being highly organised means that I can have all this and be happy with how each area of my life is going. So I thought I’d share my secrets! Here are my top tips and advice for getting more organised:
1/ Write a list
I write down absolutely everything that I need to do. It’s all on one handwritten list, in a notepad. Writing down what I need to do is a practical way of remembering things, plus I love the feeling of crossing things off it. I have everything on there; from outstanding blog posts, photography & freelance jobs to small tasks such as posting a birthday card or sending an eBay parcel.
I tend to try to go for the hardest job/task on the list first and get that one done (this used to work well when I worked in Human Resources and I always had a long to-do list). Then the rest is really easy. I simply cannot remember my whole life within my head (it’s too stressful) and so keeping a long list that I refer to every day helps me to keep on track.
2/ Get a calendar
I have a calendar for all of my dates and upcoming events, where I keep things like coffee with a friend, to big events such as weddings. I prefer the good-old-method of writing it all down because I like to see it in print.
3/ Plan dates
I’m that friend that texts people and arranges lots of catch ups and coffees dates! This is mostly because I like to get it all in my diary in advance as I like to plan ahead. This keeps my week busy but also fun too. Otherwise I find it stressful making decisions that morning for the rest of the day, as I am not very decisive.
4/ Set goals
If I am feeling a little fed up of something at work, or in my personal life, then I make some goals to change it. These can be sometimes be quite small targets but they really do help. It also helps me to keep focus on what I’d like to achieve and keeps me motivated.
Work-wise, next year I’d like to include more style into my blog & social media and I have therefore started some goals to achieve this – such as researching brands, getting a personal stylist to help me and getting in front of the camera more. Personally, I also want to spend as much time doing fun things with the twins before they start full-time school in September and so I have already been looking into groups and activities that we can do together during the week. A little bit of proactive work goes a long way.
5/ Ask for help
I have always wanted to be super-woman and do everything myself (plus I am a bit of a control freak and like things done my own way!) but asking for help here & there is SO important. My Hubby has helped me with some financial matters for my work recently, as well as some photography, which has been amazing and really saved me time. We have also hired a cleaner once a fortnight for a few hours which helps me a great deal at home. I also use my family and friends for help whenever I am stuck with childcare. I have learnt that asking for help isn’t a weakness but really can help me to achieve much more during my week.
So, if you would are looking to keep on top of your busy life then I challenge you to get a good list going, review it each day and try to tackle the hardest jobs first. A little planning goes a long way!
Please do let me know how you get on!
Love, Jess x