We’re a week in to 2019 now, guys!
So far, so good. I’ve decided to try to be super on it and organised this year, and I think it’s going pretty well at the moment!
Part of my plan to keep on top of everything is by having the right tools for the job.
I’ve bought 3 main planners/ journals/ diaries this year, each with a different purpose.
My I am very busy planner from WHSmith.
This is perfect for bulk planning sessions. It has monthly tabs to make it easy to flip to the section you want, and within each month you have 4 main sections: goals for the month and the plan of action; the whole month to view; week to view; and reflections for the month. It also has a year planner for 2020, so you can even make a quick note of important dates for next year!
My I am very busy diary from WHSmith.
This is literally my daily diary/ journal. Every evening I write down what happened in my day, as well as my thoughts and feelings. There’s also a handy year to view section at the back which I’m using as a mood tracker. I’ve created a key for the different highlighter colours I’m using, and keeping track of my daily moods and emotions (including anxiety and depression days).
My Balance Planner from Kickstarter.
This little beauty is my life planner. The purpose of the balance planner is that it splits your life into key areas, and gives you a chance to focus on what you want to aim towards in each of those areas.
The main areas of focus are: work/ study; self growth; body/ health; relationships; friends/ leisure; and spirituality.
The planner starts with your yearly goals, your ‘vision board’, and your ideal version of you (while being realistic about your limitations). Then it moves on to your monthly goals, and then weekly goals. The yearly, monthly, and weekly goals are all split into the 6 main areas, so you can focus on what’s most important.
After each weekly goals page there is a week to view spread over 2 pages, with a mini to do list at the bottom of each day. Following that there is a weekly gratitude page, with space to write your biggest win of the week at the bottom.
To some people this may seem like an excessive amount of things to be able to keep organised, especially to those who are able to organise their entire lives on their phone – you are truly magical beings to me. It’s all down to personal preference. Some people work better with physical pen and paper, some people prefer to have everything digital for ease and convenience. I am without a doubt a pen and paper kind of girl. And 3 different books means I can split my needs into different categories, which is what I need in order for my brain to make sense of things.
Let me know what methods you use to keep organised and on top of things, I’d love to know what works for you!
Here’s to a more organised and efficient new year!
Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.
– Christina Scalise