I was lucky enough to land a nice job after graduation and fast forward a year on I’m lucky enough to get sponsored to do a certificate and go back to school like I wanted to. But add that on top of leading my normal life, work, unhelpful solicitors, puppies and everything else is basically driving me (even more) crazy.
Worst of all, I’ve noticed that some things are slipping through the gaps. I feel like I’m actually 89 when I can’t remember whether I’ve done something and it’s just not helpful to anyone – specially in your day to day work.
So, I’ve decided I need a life attitude change! Starting with a better planner. As well as a daily to do list my ideal planner should have a day per page view (or a two day per page maximum) and be divided into personal and work life. The problem is that I can’t have all that I want and still nicely fit it into my handbag.
So, I’ve settled for this cutie! For less than a fiver it has a day per page view, giving me plenty of space on my schedule, and fits perfectly in all my handbags.
I’ve also researched tips for becoming more organised and a couple of recurring themes appeared:
1- Make lists
But more, do this in a systematic way. Observe how many important things you can comfortably do in a day and limit a list to that many items, but most importantly, once today’s list is full don’t be afraid to pass things on for tomorrow.
2- Use the 2 minute rule
The two minute rule dictates that if something comes in which you can do in two minutes or less just do it. Since you’ll have a limited amount of things you can comfortably do on your list you have time to do the little things that tend to otherwise delay your day.
3- Stop Procrastinating
This is my biggest crime! I am so so terrible at procrastinating and the worst thing is it’s a very hard habit to crack. Some articles have suggested that you should do bursts of 15 minute sessions where you focus only at the given task and then have a 2 minute break. This is a work in progress for me since 2 minutes seem to turn into 10 a bit too often….
4- Write things Down
And add some details to it so that you can remember it after. A note saying “Karen” does not illustrate what this person wanted, why or even how urgent it is. Short prompts are fine as long as you can pick up exactly what is is at a later date.
5- Use Your Planner Wisely
Use your planner to plan the big things as well as the little ones. If you have important dates written down you can start preparing for it before and not feel cluttered. Use little prompts a week of two before a birthday so you have plenty to time to prepare.
Well, that’s all I got on this subject for now! If I find any more or if any progress is made on these tips I’ll share it here.
Meanwhile do you have this problem? How do you keep yourself organised amidst today’s chaos?
Let me know in the comments.
Lots of love,