I have a lot of goals for 2017 and none of them are going to get completed without some organization/planning ahead. I take pride in being pretty organized, but there is always room for improvement. Keep reading to find out how I plan to stay organized in 2017.
Investing in a good planner – or two
I am a firm believer in investing in a good, paper planner. This year I decided to separate my blog planner and personal planner. Last year, I tried to fit them both into one and I think when my personal life got full – the blog got left behind.
For my personal life – I use the Kate Spade Wellesley Planner with SewMuchCrafting inserts from Etsy. This is a personal size, ring-bound planner and fits right inside my bag. It also acts as a wallet with eight card slots.
For the blog – I am using an Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner. This is perfect because it comes with repositionable stickers in the back and I can color-code based on the category of each post and move them if needed. There are also extra note pages with each month to track statistics or set goals.
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One Minute Rule – The Happiness Project
The book club that I am a part of just read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. One of the things that really stuck with me was her talking about a One Minute Rule. If a tasks takes under a minute then do it right away. Whether you have to put a dish in the dishwasher instead of the sink or run the trash out quick – do it now. This will ensure that those tasks don’t build up creating an even bigger chore later on.
Establish Routines: Morning and Night
You guys… if I said that I had any kind of routine right now – it would be a lie. Another way I plan to stay organized is by developing these routines and doing my best to stick to them. I understand that there is always going to be exceptions but staying up on a Monday to binge watch Law and Order: SVU episodes that I have already seen until 2 a.m. – is just not logical anymore. Snoozing until the last possible minute and then slamming four cups of coffee is not a sustainable way to start your day.
Dedicate Time for To Dos/Lists
This one is huge for me. I am the queen of switching between multiple tasks to get things done as I think of them. This year, when I think of something that needs to get done – I will add it to my list and complete it during the dedicated time or in order – completing what I am working on first.
This is a new discovery for me, and I have yet to try it. Basically, When faced with any large task or series of tasks, break the work down into short, timed intervals (called “Pomodoros”) that are spaced out by short breaks. Via LifeHacker.com. According to LifeHacker, this has been voted one of the top productivity methods and I am really excited to test it out.
I am really looking forward to getting this year started and seeing where 2017 takes me. If you have any organization or productivity techniques that you swear by, please make sure to leave them in the comments below! Like I said before – there is always room for improvement!