3 Ways to Organise Your Life this Year

ways to organise your life

I have to admit, typing a title with the words ‘ways to organise your life’ makes me feel like there should be a little fanfare at the start of this post, or at least a loud whistle – as though I’m a wise old teacher about to gather you all round to impart some special knowledge.

No pressure then, eh?

Keeping ourselves organised is nothing new, but sometimes we start the year with the best intentions only to find that by March a few things tend to fall away a bit (or at least, I know I do) . Before we know it, we’re right back where we started!

I thought it might be helpful to share a few ways that I like to keep on top of things, in case you’re setting yourself goals (well, it IS January!) for the year and need a helping hand to stick to them…

  1. Invest in a diary and be sure to use it! Call it a planner, a diary, a journal, an electronic agenda app or just a notebook – whatever name it goes by, this little baby is my number one, can’t-live-without-it organisational tool. When I was a kid, I had a furry Dalmatian-patterned Filofax and it was one of my favourite possessions. Granted, I didn’t have THAT MUCH to plan in it (unless you count ‘going to the caravan’ and ‘Dad’s birthday’) but still! There are endless styles of planner available from all kinds of brands, but my current favourite is the Ban.do agenda, as I loved using it last year and have recently treated myself to a new one to kick-start 2017 (pictured above). Bonus tip: take fifteen minutes and mark in important events for the entire year so they don’t sneak up on you later…
  2. Get on board with meal planning. Food is such a big part of life, yet when I think about how little time I spend thinking about what to eat I feel a little bit embarrassed (who’s that at 5pm cruising the M&S aisles on an empty stomach about to make a silly dinner choice? Oh, yeah – it’s THIS GAL). So I’ve come to realise that with some slight preparation in advance, my meals for the week will be sorted so that I don’t even need to think about it later. Winning! Depending on what you like, you could make a big batch of something at the weekend and incorporate that into your meals for the week. Making the plan really doesn’t take long. Then it’s just a case of buying and preparing the food so that you’re ready for the week ahead. Bonus tip: this is especially helpful if you’re switching up your diet and trying to eat more or less of a certain thing – incorporate this goal into your planning.
  3. De-clutter your day-to-day. De-cluttering is such a wide-ranging topic that it’s perhaps best to be more specific here! When I say the day-to-day, what I mean is, the meaningless messages that take up your time and energy every single day. Unsubscribe from those newsletters, catalogues and email updates that – let’s face it – you delete without opening anyway. That daily email that you get from a company you bought a sweater from one time five years ago? Buh-bye. By all means stay signed up to anything that is of value, but be brutally honest with the rest! You’ll be surprised at how satisfying it will feel and the best part? Making more room for all of the stuff that you enjoy! Bonus tip: for anything you DO decide to stay subscribed to, make a sub-folder in your inbox to keep them in check.

I hope that you achieve everything that you set out to do this year, and that one or two (or perhaps all!) of these tips help you get to where you want to be! And if you have any must-do’s to share when it comes to ways to organise your life, please let me know in the comments below…

Let’s do this, team!

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  1. I love these tips – I am working on unsubscribing now – so many emails to unsubscribe from BUT then I save so much time later and every email will be worth reading!

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