Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I managed to have the perfect Sunday yesterday so I think I’m ready to get this week started. A lot is going on this week and I need to stay as focused as possible. I realized that for me, lists, calendars, agendas, apps — all of those things play a part in how I organize my life. A little over a year ago, I was teaching a college course and I knew that it was time for me to really kick it into high gear when it came to being organized. Lesson plans are NO JOKE. More importantly, I couldn’t look ill-prepared in front of my students. So I started researching apps, reading up on organizational tips, and figuring out key habits to incorporate into my lifestyle. I juggle many projects at work and I also strive for work/life balance; hence the need for organization. Check out the 7 organizational tips that I live by, below!
1. To-do list
Write everything down, don’t rely on memory. This is about as self explanatory as it gets. I no longer rely on my memory (my memory used to be spot on, not sure what happened LOL). I feel like it is MISSION CRITICAL to write down all of the important tasks for your day, week, month. Check back in on all of those tasks to make sure you’re on top of things!
2. An appealing agenda
Head over to Target and find a PRETTY calendar/agenda/daily planner, people! My cousin bought us matching Bloom daily planners that I am obsessed with. I use it for everything. It’s my favorite because every month you can add new goals for the month, there’s fun quotes, and most importantly: it’s pink.
3. Google Calendar
Maybe he’ll kill me for sharing — but my boyfriend and I have a shared calendar now (big step, big moves, we’re the real deal) LOL. It’s actually really exciting for me 🙂 I live for these things. I love that I am able to schedule things so we don’t forget anything. It’s not crazy detailed: weekly date nights, travel schedules, events — those type of things are on our calendar. Find you a man who indulges all the boring things you’re obsessed with. 🙂
4. Time blocking
Do. One. Thing. At. A. Time. I time block all day long (both at work and at home). For starters, I time block my time spent checking emails (first thing I do when I step into the office). Everyday at work I allow myself 2 hours of email time. Sounds crazy I know, but it’s not. My emails are always in the triple digits and I feel COMPLETELY on top of my game when I have under 20 unread emails. I also time block certain tasks to make sure I get everything done on my to-do list. Speaking of tasks, when I can’t finish everything, I resort to #5 below.
5. Don’t let things pile up!
Hence the reason I time block. I try to make sure I get through my to-do list each day. Granted, easier said than done. So in the instances where I fall behind, I have a rule – NO PILES. If that means, staying longer at work or going through the beginning stages of a pile at home, then so be it. I live for clean spaces and I am not afraid to throw things away. ::COUGH COUGH:: #6.
6. Don’t be scared to purge
I AM THE QUEEN OF PURGING. If there’s a box filled with things that I have not opened in a year, I will throw it out. It’s just a rule I live by. If I haven’t opened that box in a year then there’s NO point in me opening it now — Clearly, the contents are not that important. I think it’s important to declutter as much as possible. Whether it’s your office, your bedroom, your home — decluttering is good for the soul.
7. Perfect your morning routine (separate blog post coming soon)
In a nutshell, having a morning ritual is everything. It sets the tone for your day. I always do the same. exact. thing. every morning before I pour myself my first cup of coffee. My skincare routine, my morning news apps, my puppy cuddles — all of those things fall into my morning routine. I will do a more detailed post on this soon 🙂
How do you stay organized? Enjoy your week everyone! XO