As we move through the month of January, I’ve been working hard to have my most organized year yet. Although planning everything is impossible, time-consuming, and downright stressful, a bit of creative organization can really relieve your mind and conscience from feeling overloaded with dates, to-do’s, and excess information. I’ve compiled a short list of the tactics and items I’ve been using to plan for 2018. These are some quick and small ways to organize that can have a big impact on the smoothness of your year ahead 🙂 Let me know in the comments if you have any tips and tricks you love that aren’t mentioned in this posts; if you’re new to my blog- hello!- comment below to say hello, and check out my last post, New Year’s Favorites!
Planners are a Must
There’s something about writing down all of your appointments, meetings, and exams all in one place that helps you feel at ease. Hand-writing your calendar in a notebook planner really helps solidify it in your own brain as well, and is another level of assistance for your memory beyond little scribbles on random sheets of paper. Make sure you continually stick with your planner, even on days or weeks when you don’t have much going on, because as it becomes habit you’ll be fully prepared for the busiest and craziest of times!
The Power of the Master Calendar
If you’re one to have events planned for the long-term quite regularly, or simply need a more compact and aesthetically pleasing way to plan, try a large wall or desk calendar. This is an easy way to count days, draw arrows, schedule and reschedule, and keep track of everything in one space. Be sure to keep your calendar in a place you visit often so you won’t forget to continually update it. Not able or wishing to buy a calendar from the store? There are countless templates online that you can print out and bind together for the perfect free alternative!
Sticky Note Time-Savers
Aw, the sticky note, a very underappreciated little tool that can make a big difference in your sanity! Feel like you know you’re going to forget something? Write it on a sticky note (or multiple if you’re like me and reallyyy forgetful ha-ha!) and stick it wherever you’ll see it when most needed- your desk, car, bag or backpack, kitchen cabinet, or even a light switch. This is the perfect way to save yourself the extra worry and ever-changing reminders running through your head of what you can’t forget to do later on in the day.
Phone Reminders for Relief
If you have a phone with the ability to set reminders and calendar dates, this is a great addition or alternative to your organizational ventures. Reminders can even be set to vibrate or made a specific sound so you’ll know exactly when something’s coming up in your daily calendar. Just be sure that if you clear your notifications often, you don’t miss reminders set!
Color Code Everything!
Life can be so hectic, attaching colors to specific events can really step-up your planning game! Colored pens, highlighters, colored pencils, or rainbow markers are fun and quick ways to separate things like job, school, personal, and more in your planner and calendar. If you’re a student, separating your classes by color is a great way to remember where to go and what to bring without much thought. If you work multiple jobs or are a parent and planning for separate kid’s activities, this is another useful trick for differentiating what’s what.
Plan with Creativity without Overwhelming
With some inventive and careful thinking, you can plan events to fit more into your day. If you feel you’ll have the energy for back-to-back to-do’s, go for it! Be sure to prioritize what’s necessary and complete those tasks first so you can always post-pone later items on the list if necessary. Take on what you know you’re able to complete whenever possible, and then go from there. With less stress and pressure to get so much done, you’ll find you power through your checklist faster than ever before!
It’s Okay to Say No
When dealing with optional additions to your chaotic schedule, only take on what you are able to do. If the option presents itself and your gut is telling you you’ll be quickly overwhelmed and frustrated with the added task, say no. It’s okay to say no when you’ve accessed your current situation and concluded it’s better to not take another thing on your plate. We all have unique abilities and capabilities to juggle daily tasks and events, so don’t be hard on yourself! Respect yourself and your time.
Take Time Out for Yourself
Remember to make notes on the calendar of time for yourself! You deserve to take time for yourself, and the things and people you love. When possible, squeeze in a few minutes, a few hours, a few days, whatever is fitting to your schedule and happiness, for fun and relaxation 🙂 These are great moments to motivate you through even the most hectic and stressful of times. Take a breath and know that time is coming, and you’ve worked hard for it and are deserving 🙂
That is it for my tips and tricks organizing into the New Year! I hoped this post has given you a few ideas for how to organize for less worry and more success! Leave a comment below if you’ve been incorporating any of these into your routine or if you have any favorite tips from the list above 🙂 Happy planning, and have a fantastic day, friends!
With love and positivity,