I’m really not the most organised of people. I like to procrastinate by doing lots of other bits and bobs before I start the task I need to do. For example, when I open my laptop to write a blog post I think ‘oh I need a cuppa first’ then I think ‘I’ll check my twitter for 5 mins’. I bet you’ve guessed where this is going…before I know it 5 minutes has turned into 2 hours and all my motivation has gone. I’m putting a stop to this now. It makes me feel one hundred times better about myself when I’m productive so that’s what twenty eighteen me is going to be.
I’ve been thinking about ways I can change my habits to allow myself to get more done and I’ve come up with five main ways to achieve this:
STARTING A YEARLY DIARY
I recently won a giveaway hosted by the lovely @_jessheard on Twitter, as part of the prize I received a mini happiness planner. The planner is so adorable, it comes with rose-gold stickers of the names of the months, a pretty design page at the start of every new month and bright colours.
It’s inspired me to actually keep a yearly diary this year; one that I actually use and carry around in my rucksack everywhere. This will work so much better than just using the notes on my phone that I always forgot to check.
WRITING MANY TO-DO LISTS
I always find myself creating a little mental to-do list in my mind, the only issue with this is there is always one thing I forget to do. I think by actually writing down what I’ve got to do and ticking it off when I’ve done it, it’ll make me more productive. I’ll be able to see the progress I’m making so it should inspire me to do the boring jobs such as put away the washing as then I can do something more exciting like taking blog pictures.
I’m getting a lot better at this one. I try not to upload a blog post as soon as I’ve written it, as I usually peak for a couple of days then I have 9/10 days where nothing gets written. I try to save my blog posts up, I currently have 13 blog posts pre-written, some I like more than others so they may not all see the light of day but it takes the pressure off and allows me to create more freely. This should also help when life gets a bit chaotic, I’ll have content I love to keep my blog up and running instead of rushing posts because I feel like I need to post, then later coming back to it picking out errors.
This one speaks for itself, adding bright colours and stickers to a to-do list, notebook, the diary will instantly catch your attention more and make it more exciting. I’m all for that as everything in twenty eighteen is going to be bright and full of happiness.
Everything can become too much at points and it’s okay to say I’ll put it down for a few days, forcing yourself to create when your head isn’t in it is a mission that isn’t worth it. Be kind to yourself, take tea breaks, go away for a weekend, take a day trip to the beach, whatever you need.
How are you getting organised this year? I’d love to know as I could always do with a few more tips.