I am constantly juggling the different aspects of my life, from working full time, to blogging, planning new trips, maintaining a social life and keeping on top of the hum-drum of life. It is very busy and full on. My friends and family tell me that I am organised and probably think I do not procrastinate. Little do they know that I am as much a procrastinator as everyone else. I just have tools to combat it and stay organised.
So here are the tools I use to stay organised:
1. Make lists
I use a system call Bullet Journaling. It is a journaling system which helps with keeping all your lists and notes in one place.
If you like taking pen to paper, then this system might be for you. Essentially it is a blank canvas and you can customise it as you want. The core of this system revolves around indexing and bullet points. You don’t need any special equipment or notebooks but I personally really like the Leuchtturm 1917 bullet journal. There is some great information about bullet journaling online and Lily Pebbles does a great job explaining the concept.
2. Have a tidy environment
I work best when my environment is tidy and there is no clutter around me, so I make an effort to keep things neat and orderly. I avoid collecting too much stuff. Not only does it save money but it also minimises on the amount of housework. Secondly, I make sure that everything has a place.
That said, I struggle as much as everyone else to keep my environment clean and tidy all the time. I have a drawer where I allow myself to throw things in, which I clean when it gets full. This drawer is a life saver.
3. Meal Plan
If you only take one thing away from this post, then I hope it’s this one. Meal planning has radically changed my life. Gone are the days of trying to decide what to eat at 6pm after a long day of work only to just end up having something really unhealthy. I now meal plan every Friday and shop a couple of times each week. This not only saves time but saves money as well. I have found it is also a good way to not buy extras at the supermarket.
4. Excel is King
There are countless apps that claim to help with organisation but to this day I have not found anything that works as well as Excel. I do all my planning in Excel, from budgeting to travel planning.
The smart phone is probably the greatest invention of the 21st century. It is the best tool in my arsenal. Some of the features that I use to stay organise are the calendar, reminders, email and various apps such as net banking or Google sheets.
I hope you found these tips useful. I am always on the hunt for tips to be organised, so I am very interested to hear about any that you might have.