Two thousand and eighteen has been off to a great start! There’s been a lot of relaxing involved, but there has also been a lot of planning and organizing.
In the past, my main problem with staying on track has been that I’m not very organized. I lose track of deadlines and miss birthdays and events because I don’t plan ahead to get myself ready for them. I know where to find things around the house, but I’m sick of the random piles of stuff that 2017 me called organized.
This year there will be no excuse for messes and nothing to get in the way of our successes. Besides, it’s much easier to focus, or even just relax, when the space around you is well put together. As I embark on this journey to make 2018 my best year yet, I’d like to share with you a few tips to keep your space and your life in order. Here are just a few ideas to help you stay organized in 2018!
Organize Your Time
Buy a planner. If you’re looking to better follow events like work deadlines, birthday parties, school assignments, or lunch dates I highly recommend getting yourself a planner. I started using one toward the middle of last year and I recently bought a new one for 2018. Being able to write down my schedule, to do lists, and major tasks for the day has honestly kept me on track to get them done.
Set aside an hour or two when you first receive the planner to go through and write out all of the events you’re already aware of, such as birthdays and holidays, and then add in as you go on through the year. You can even decorate it however you’d like! If you’re a blogger or other content creator, it really aids in keeping your ideas organized and planned ahead so that you can keep on schedule!
Outline Your Daily/Weekly/Monthly Goals. Whether you have a planner or not, write down the goals that you wish to accomplish. Select a major goal or two for the month, break it down into the tasks that need to be done to achieve those goals, and then assign those tasks as your daily or weekly goals. Each day, choose no more than 3 top priority tasks that must be done. More than three creates pressure that may lead to stress and we are keeping the stress to a minimum this year.
Outlining and planning your weekly or daily tasks allows you to put thought into your ideas and helps you to realize what it takes to achieve them. It also keeps you from wasting a day. I don’t know about you, but there’s been a time or two when I’ve forgotten that I needed to get something done that day. Whether I got lost in a book or on Twitter doesn’t really matter, but I wasted an opportunity to work toward my goal. There’s nothing wrong with a day of rest as long as it’s on the calendar!
Create a Schedule. Whether you do it for your blog, another career, school or just for chores around the house, it helps to have a schedule! The night before, or if you’re an early riser the morning of, plan out your day, make a schedule, and stick to it. You can cut yourself some slack for being ahead or behind a few minutes, but do your best to stick to it!
Having a schedule to adhere to will definitely keep your days on track and sharpen your time management skills! I’ve recently started actually scheduling my day by the hour and it has done wonders for keeping me in sync with my goal timeline.
Organize Your Space
Create Designated Areas for Everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. If something has a designated spot to be in, it’ll be easier to keep it from being in other areas like the middle of the floor. Once your brain knows that a certain item has a specific home, it’ll be more inclined to keep it or return it there instead of shrinking at the idea of cleaning up, but not knowing where anything should go. This goes for your any room in your home or your office/work space.
Place Upkeep on a Schedule. If you haven’t noticed by now, I have fallen in love with scheduling. But that’s because it works! Cleaning isn’t everyone’s favorite chore, but it is necessary. To keep up with good hygiene and a clean organized space, I recommend choosing one day a week to fully clean your space(s). Include tasks such as wiping down surfaces and putting items away into your daily routine so that you’re not dealing with a huge mess when your day of the week comes around. You can even set a time frame to spark even more motivation to get it done.
Declutter Often. If you love to shop like I do then you know how quickly you can run out of space in whatever storage you have. You end up piling things on top of other things that are never to be seen again. In order to avoid a complete mess and not have an excess of clothes or food or makeup, I suggest decluttering once a month. Go through whatever it is that needs some attention and get rid of old, unworn or unused items. If it hasn’t come in clutch yet and you don’t think it will soon, TOSS IT. Well donate it if you can, but get it the hell out of here!
Matching Storage Containers. They don’t have to be matching, but they need to have a theme and they need to be visually appealing to you. Having cute things makes me happy and it makes me want to use them. Cute clothes, cute bag, cute planner etc. Having nice storage bins or matching hangers or even pencil holders that match your desk can make all the difference. You don’t have to go splurging on those Ikea drawers everyone loves either. You can make it a fun DIY project if you have the desire to! Also, if you have trouble remembering what’s in what, get labels!
Those are a few tips I’m putting into effect for staying organized in 2018. If you’d like a peak at my planner after it’s all setup, let me know in the comments! I hope your year is off to a great start and that these tips will make it even better. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the next one. Bye friends!
P.S. – Put away your laundry as soon as you get it out of the dryer!!!! Nothing is more sad than that pile of clean laundry you just pick out of that eventually mixes in with the dirty clothes before you’ve even worn half of them. Just put them away. Thank you.