Thursday, 19 January 2012

New Year's Resolution 2: Get organised

I can't believe it's been over a week since my last post so today's post is very relevant.

I'm usually very organised but winter has left me too sluggish to do anything. So it's very important for me to become much more organised.

To illustrate how disorganised I can be, I only recently finished my student finance application for uni this year. Just a couple of months late! I got a lovely invoice from university a few days ago but thankfully it has all been sorted out. And let's not forget room organisation! So let me tell you how I've started to become more organised and how I intend to be more organised. It's going to be a mix of both mental and physical organisation.

1) Spring clean in the winter! It's a new year so out with the old already! If there's something you haven't used in a long time and don't plan on using it any time soon, get rid of it. Fill up a bag with whatever you don't need and take it to a charity shop. Not only are you doing a good deed but you're decluttering your space which means decluttering your life too. If you need the money, sell them and see how much you can make.

2) Boxes. And lots of them! Once you've gotten rid of what you don't need, organise your belongings. Again, charity shops can come in handy. Look for good quality storage that will last you a long time rather than cheap and weak furniture that will fall apart. You'll be saving trees and getting organised!

3) Organise your time. For me, planners are pointless as I never look at them. They might work for you. I prefer to keep a list somewhere I can see it, listing everything I need to do that day. If I'm planning on going out, I make sure that I get as many things I need to do while I'm out. I take the list with me in case I forget anything. That really cuts down my mental to-do list.

4) Keep a poche in your handbag. I carry a lot of things in my handbag. Keys, purse, hand sanitiser, pens, moisturiser, perfume, mirror, tissues, lipgloss... and it was a nightmare finding anything! I sometimes forget something important in another handbag because it was difficult making sure I moved everything. So I started using a make up bag to store all these things. Now, whenever I need anything, I just pull out my 'poche'. And if I decide to carry a different handbag, I just transfer it to a different bag without forgetting anything.

5) Minimise distractions. Do you find that there isn't enough time in the day? Think about any distractions in your life that you can do without. For me, it was the Internet! I spend too much time on Facebook and Youtube so, at least for now, I'm not using Facebook. I've gone cold turkey. I've also unsubscribed to most newsletters as they weren't useful and they were only cluttering my inbox and wasting my time.

6) Make a timetable. As a student, I really should be more organised with my time instead of leaving everything till the last minute. Whether you're a student or not, you might want to make a timetable. This is especially useful if you're trying something new for your resolution such as going to the gym or a new hobby.

7) Routine. This is a big one for me as I don't have a daily routine. Well not a very healthy and organised one. I really need to fix up my sleep routine as I'm a night person and can't help but stay up till silly o'clock.

8) Set a few minutes a day for organisation. To check your diary, make goals, set meal plans, etc. Make sure it's during the time of day you can think most clearly. For me, this is before I go to bed.

9) Too much paper cluttering up your life? Tell me about it! I have a lot of paper whether they are lecture notes, letters, receipts or statements. It's an absolute pain finding an important document amidst the piles of paper. If there's anything you don't need, then give the paper another chance in life by recycling it. Everything else, keep in labelled folders or envelopes.

10) Clothes organisation. Thinking of what to wear takes up too much time in the morning for me. Make sure clothes are well organised. If there's a certain piece that you feel is missing in your wardrobe, write it down and hunt it down. Many times I think I've decided on an outfit only to realise that it's missing an important piece, such as a camisole or flat pumps.

So I hope this list has been useful for you. This is a personal list for me so you might find that it doesn't work for you. If you have any tips then please leave a comment and let me know :)



HELI said...

spring clean year round i'm starting to clean out my closet head to toe i think it will take me a few weeks to adress this issue lol

good luck

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Anonymous said...

I think my list will have to be spread out over the year also. February is upon me and little to nil done on anything so far lol! x