I love organisation, organising things and telling people that I’m organised. Feeling in control is really important to me and as someone who gets stressed out over the tiniest things, doing everything I can to maintain control and be on top of things makes all the difference to me and my stress levels.
At the moment I feel like I’m balancing a few different plates whilst trying to catch up with all my friends, exercise and eat healthily and do things just for me such as reading a book or binge watching Peep Show again. The start of the university year can be very overwhelming and I find that doing lots of little things help me to have an organised week, and therefore an organised life.
Despite all my efforts, I do still sleep in a lot and end up finishing work right before the deadline but I can’t stress enough how doing these little tips gives one easily stressed out gal peace of mind.
SPEND SUNDAY EVENING ORGANISING
Unless you have something on on a Sunday evening, I would recommend setting aside an hour or so to organise the upcoming week. For me this involves checking my diary to see what I have coming up, updating my whiteboard for the week ahead and updating my weekly planner. I love knowing what I’m doing when, where my free time is and most importantly, when my deadlines are so I don’t miss anything important.
A whiteboard is not essential but I can’t remember life before mine. I’m a very visual person and I love having things written down – my lists have lists. Having the whiteboard gives me a vision of what my week/month/year looks like and thanks to the handy weekly planner from Poundland being magnetic, I also have that stuck up on there which has what I’m doing each day, my priorities for the week and any tasks that need completed.
For me it is super important that I know what is happening when. I’m balancing my blog, university studies with deadlines, odd bits of freelance work and work on upcoming projects so by arranging my week loosely on a Sunday evening, I wake up on Monday morning ready to go.
YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY ORGANISATIONAL DEVICES
Anyone who tells you that you do not need that new desk planner or list pad is lying, and incorrect. I have a notebook for everything I try to do – even brand-new projects which currently consist of the title.
A paper diary is where it begins with me – if something is not in my Busy B diary, it is not happening. I use it for appointments, deadlines, trips, reminders, everything is put in the diary from library books needing returned to holidays. I find it so much more useful to look a week at a time so I can see where my free time is and when I can squeeze other things in.
To be organised on a day to day basis I use a page to a day diary which is from Sainsbury’s. I split the day into AM and PM and every evening I fill out my to do list for the next day. I find it so helpful to have to do list tasks with activities for the day mixed in as it gives you a realistic view of what you can actually achieve in that day.
For my studies, I have separate notebooks for each subject. This keeps all my notes separate and means I am not missing anything important. If I happen to type something up instead, I try to print it out straight away and I keep all my loose sheets of paper for university in a ring binder, divided by subjects with dividers.
STUDY WHERE YOU LIKE, WHEN YOU LIKE
My most productive time of the day is in the morning from around 7am until 2pm. After 2pm I have to move locations or take a break for a couple of hours. I just cannot sit in the library from 9am till 5pm, I just physically cannot do.
Don’t feel like you have to listen to your friends or fellow students on how you have to study. If you prefer sitting in a café or working from your desk at home, you do you and work from where you feel more comfortable and productive.
MAKE A MEAL PLAN BUT DON’T RESTRICT YOURSELF WITH IT
Meal planning and food preparation is something I definitely need to work on. I have the best intentions but my proportion size is out of control and I end up cooking for six, not one. It happens with everything I try to make a couple of portions of and I end up eating the same dish for a week which is boring and uninspiring.
Making a meal plan is super helpful for controlling your finances around food as it prevents waste, helps you do a functional food shop where you aren’t wasting money and can help you stop buying lunches when out.
But don’t feel like you have to stick to your meal plan if you don’t want to. If you decide to grab a bite to eat at lunchtime in a café with a friend, do it. If you end up going out for dinner instead of eating your third portion of chilli, do it. If you get a good grade and decide to celebrate with your favourite sandwich from Pret, do it. Life is too short not eat good food when you want.
DON’T FORGET TO RELAX
I love spending time with my friends, being busy, going out and working on different things. But I also love spending time by myself. If you are trying to keep up with everything you will burn out: from balancing your studies, a part-time job, friendships, extracurricular activities, everything. Don’t forget to schedule in time where you can chill the fuck out.
For me, a relaxing evening goes along the line of clean bed sheets, comfy pyjamas, something good on Netflix on the TV, my open notebook in front of me where I brainstorm for the fun of it not because I need to ~ create content ~ and applying all the face masks to my face.
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