How I Lead an Organised Life.

I am a very organised person, pretty obsessive with it if I’m being totally honest. I like to have everything planned so that I know exactly what I am doing on what day, at what time. I have also found lately that it helps to keep me motivated and positive as I now have a system that produces a solid plan for my week. I thought I would share it with you, to try and help a few of you. You may want to use my way of organisation for a more simple and stress free life! It is quite new to me too, but I am finding it to be a great way of organisation but who knows I may find something better in months to come. But here’s my current organisation situation..

Although I do use my iPad and certain apps to organise my life, I do prefer to have a hard copy that I can personally write on. (Yes I know the old fashioned way) I find it easier to write everything in my organiser which I purchased on EBAY at the beginning of the year, here it is below with my diary…

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The key is to always write in pencil!! This allows you to change things around easily, as you can simply rub things out if you feel it isn’t working. I personally think that having the book in front of you, being able to edit it whenever you like, helps to keep you stress free and is great in making sure your week is perfectly planned to fit your needs.

An organiser is so much better than an diary. It gives you a little section for each day in a weekly view. This allows you to look at your whole week all together, giving you a better outlook into what you have to do each day. I personally find this is better than just seeing one day at a time, and makes it easier to plan what you can fit in on each day. Below is a blank week in my organiser to show you what I mean..

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On to the actual planning.. I tend to plan two weeks at a time just because of my fortnightly rota from work, but it may be better to start with just planning one week at a time and see how it goes. Firstly, I write in all the days I’m working in the week, and in my case I write whether I’m working in studio or on location. Basically, just all information that I need to know about my working day. Once that is all sorted, I think about all the different activities, chores, errands, appointments and general things I need to schedule in, that need doing that particular week. It helps to write everything out on a separate bit of paper, and mark it off when you have scheduled it into your week. When organising your week you need to make sure you spread everything out evenly and use your time wisely so you don’t become overly tired. (Also make sure you have scheduled in some me time!) Taking time to plan your week is key in making sure everything can be completed in the best way possible! After working out what I need to do in that week, I simply work out how much spare time I have each day and how much time a certain activity needs which then allows me to decide when would be best to do it during the week. It does take time to get it all to work, and there is always plenty of rubbing out, but trust me it is all worth it when it is finished!

I go through this ritual every Sunday night. I know it’s not for everyone but I find it puts a positive outlook on my whole week, and really helps with the Sunday night blues!

I do also write a diary every day which I do think helps with staying organised. I find it helps in being able to know what you do and on what day if you do ever need to find out when something was done later on down the line. As mentioned above I do also use my iPad alongside my organiser as it helps to plan my weeks but I won’t go into all that now!

So basically after all that rambling on, all you need to do is buy yourself an organiser, a pencil and a diary and get planning your weeks, one at a time!

I hope this has been helpful 🙂

Emily Jane
xoxox

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New Year Resolutions

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I know we are now in March and everyone set their New Year Resolutions nearly 3 months ago but I thought I would share mine with you. I’m trying my very best to stick to them all but some seem to be a lot harder than others. I set myself 14 goals and here they are..

  1. BE HAPPY – This was the most important one for me. I really do believe that everyone needs to try and be as happy as they can because we all do only have one life! But I do also understand that sometimes it can be very hard to stay happy when different events happen in your life. My goal is to be happy, genuinely, intensely and consistently happy  by the end of this year!
  2. MAKE THE MOST OF MY DAYS – I want to be more adventurous with my days. I usually spend a lot of my days off laid about doing nothing. I want to experience and try out lots of new things this year.
  3. CONTINUE TO BE ORGANISED – I have always been a very organised person but this year I want to make sure I always stay organised by planning my weeks in my new organiser. I want to know exactly what I am doing so that I feel more relaxed – this is important to me.
  4. DO MORE WITH MY FAMILY – Family is very important to me. I don’t spend enough time with them and this year I’m going to start! I arranged a meet up with all my cousins in January and it really made me realise how much time we go without seeing each other.
  5. SAVE MONEY – This is something I am really bad at! As soon as I get money I spend it so one of my goals this year is to try and save money.
  6. LOOK AFTER MYSELF – I know this is some thing everyone says at the beginning of the year but I really do mean it. I have been doing a lot of reading about improving your self and become a better person and I found out that to have a healthy mind you need to have a healthy lifestyle – and that is what I plan to do! I have already joined the gym which is a massive step for me, I plan to set up my own diet plan too, as I am not good at following other diets!
  7. SET UP A BLOG – SUCCEEDED! – and here I am! This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time and I have finally committed to it! I just need to make sure I stick to it and blog as often as I can.
  8. CREATE MORE HOBBIES – When I was little I had a lot of different hobbies but I realised recently that I now don’t have any, which kind of upset me! So this year, I am going to try out new things and see what I enjoy!
  9. READ MORE/WATCH YOUTUBE – I want to learn more about the world, my general knowledge is shocking! So this year I have decided that I will try and learn something new every day by reading or watching about a new top. It also gives me extra things to blog about too!
  10. GO TO THE CINEMA MORE – I love the cinema but I don’t go often enough. This year I am going to make the time to go as it is something that I really love to do. Even if I do go on my own!
  11. PLAN WORLD TRIP – I want to see the world! Again, it is something everyone says but I 100% plan to visit as many places as I can this year around work.
  12. BUY A CAMERA – I have wanted a camera since I started studying Media at university but could never afford one with being a student and having to pay for everything else. Now that I am working and earning money I want to save and buy a camera.
  13. GET BETTER AT ARTICULATING MYSELF – Recently I have become a lot less confident and I have become very poor at articulating myself. This is something I really need to work one but I’m not sure just yet how I will succeed.
  14. RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY – I really want to do some sort of run this year for charity. The heart foundation is a very important charity to me after losing my grandad and I really hope to raise some money for them this year. I might even do a skydive!

So there they are, my 14 goals for this year. I may have been a bit adventurous setting myself that many but I am definitely going to try my very best to complete them all! What were your New Year Resolutions this year? Comment yours below.

Bye bye for now,

Emily Jane

xoxo