We may have endless to-do lists and every intention in getting each thing ticked off but sometimes life (or procrastination) just happens. I was getting to the point when NOTHING on my list was getting done, I was slipping behind and when that happens I’m stressed, grumpy and frustrated. Working a full-time job, blogging, arranging a big trip in April, trying to work on my ‘project’ house means I have a lot on and I need be organised. So, there are four word I always say to myself to get myself into gear. “Get. Your. Shit. Together.” Obviously this is easier said than done so I’ve developed a process which makes me more organised and, in turn, I get more done than most.
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
It might seems pretty obvious but if I don’t have a diary of days, weeks and months I’m completely lost. And I don’t just mean an app (although this may work for some). I mean a pen-to-paper diary. By jotting down plans and ideas, it lets my thoughts spill onto the page so I don’t feel like I’m holding it all in my head.
This is something I’m having to do a lot more of. I’ve become better at this because I work 2 months in advance for the magazine. But when it comes to my own life it’s not quite the same. At the moment I’m planning content 2 weeks in advance which is do-able, but if you can plan what you want to get done by this time next week and next month you can start managing your time better.
BREAK IT DOWN
So many of us write novels for to-do lists and think we’re being organised but get annoyed when we don’t achieve it all in one go. Firstly, take a breath. Look at what you need to do and number them in order of priority (you can have more than one for each). Next, estimate how long each task will take you. This way you can realistically see what is achievable each day, week, month etc.
PLAN ON THE GO
I’m forever thinking of blog ideas or the next trend when I’m chatting with friends, out for dinner with Toff or even when I’m sweating it out at the gym. I make sure I’m organised taking a Kikki-K notebook with me everywhere. It’s only small and can fit in my handbag or clutch and I can’t be without it. It’s perfect for when an idea or a “ooh I must do that tomorrow” moment crops up.
GIVE EVERYTHING A HOME
If I had a pound for every time I lose my keys, phone, camera…you name it, I’d be very rich! There’s nothing more stressful then heading out the door to shoot a post and I can’t find my camera (kind of important for the task!). Save time and stress by giving everything a home that can be grabbed whenever you need it. It’ll make life so much easier, believe me!
This is my favourite tip of all to be organised. I can’t stand a messy desk at work. During press week I have proofs everywhere and within seconds my stress levels max out. If feels like the mess is in my head and as soon as I put everything into piles. I feel so much more productive. Moving this concept into the home has exactly the same effect. You feel calmer, happier and more likely to tackle whatever task you have. Storage is vital for this and you can buy really chic baskets (very on-trend) that make a beautiful statement as well as stowing away all your stuff.