I would generally say I am an organised person. Especially at work, it’s always a skill that I believe is one of my strong points! However, I’ve recently had quite a few changes which mean I feel like I need to review the way I stay organised.
When I was on placement, I was working 9-5.30pm Monday-friday with weekends off. This meant I could easily make plans months in advance and I would be able to plan my weeks with ease. However, I’ve now gone back for my third year of uni, I’m working 24 hours a week as a Team Leader at Urban Outfitters, I’m trying to keep my blog up to date and i’m still trying to attempt to have a social life and spend time with my Boyfriend who lives down in Bath! Oh and not to forget, actually doing the uni work I’ve been set. Nightmare! So this blog post is mainly some tips I’m going to set out for myself and I hope anyone else juggling a hectic life will find them useful!
Lists are something that I find really work for me! I like being able to write out what I need to do and then get satisfaction from being able to cross things off when I complete them. It makes me feel more productive and less overwhelmed. I’ve gone out and bought a ‘list book’ (I didn’t even realise these existed until I saw them in paperchase). They’re pretty cool though- they keep all your lists in one place and also include post it notes. This way you won’t have random bits of paper dotted around your room and can keep your lists organised! The one I have can be bought here
So whether this is a fancy organiser or just a standard diary I would suggest getting a diary and keeping it up to date! Now I’ll hold my hands up, I need to get better at this, but when I manage to keep my diary up to date with the times of my work shifts, uni classes, dentist/hair appointments, plans I’ve made with friends etc, I find it’s a super easy way to see if there’s any potential clashes or to know exactly what I am doing for the week, so would probably say this is one of the best ways to stay organised.
2. Buy some new stationary
Okay, now this may sound like a silly one. But I’ve always found that when I’ve gone and bought some really pretty stationary, I can’t wait to use it and I’m more likely to! Hence, meaning I will stay more organised. There’s so many places that sell amazing stationary, Wilkinsons, Primark, Paperchase to name a few. I got bought a really cute Oliver Bonas pencil case from my old manager at work, and also a pretty desk set from my line manager, (I had pretty amazing managers at my old job) which is no longer available on the Paperchase website. The Pencil case is still available on the Oliver Bonas website, see here . I can’t wait to use the desk set to stay more organised!
3. Create a work space
Whether this is in your bedroom, the kitchen, the lounge etc creating a ‘work space’ will enable you to work more effectively. For instance I have a desk in my bedroom which is the central space I use for working. Your laptop, books, diary, lists etc can all stay in one place which means everything you need will be easier to find!
4. Schedule in some time to chill
I think this is a really important one! Whether you relax by slobbing out to watch a series on Netflix, going to the gym or by reading a new book I think it’s important to have some ‘me time’. This is your chance to unwind from a busy day and take a step back from your hectic life instead of constantly rushing around getting stressed.
5. Finally!-Look after yourself
Get enough sleep, drink enough water, take vitamins and eat enough ( FYI the right kinds of food, not junk food). It’s so easy to get run down and for your immune system to take a bit of a hit when you’re stressed so it’s important to look after your body! I hate to say it (Mum if you’re reading this yes you are right) but drinking and or smoking (I don’t personally smoke) too much also isn’t the best for your body so avoid too many nights out if you know you are super busy that week or month, else you’ll just end up really tired and run down. Basically, try not to burn the candles at both ends! You only get one body, so take care of it.
I hope anyone reading has found this post useful! Let me know if you have any more tips for staying organised that work for you