Sorry for the late post, I had an impromptu adventure last night that resulted in me driving 3 hours in the middle of the night and being up until 5am this morning. So, I kind of just woke up for the day. I’ll try to make it up to you guys by posting again tomorrow morning at an actual reasonable time. Until then, here’s my first post for my Adulting101 series. I hope you like it. 🙂
For the past year I’ve been on a mission to, for lack of better phrase, get my shit together. I want to be that girl who seems to always have everything together even though I feel like it’s impossible for anyone to be that person all the time. If you’re reading this and you are one of those people then please share your secrets with me! 🙂 But anyway, even though I know that no one can be that person all the time, I’m still striving to be her most of the time. This series is going to be based off of my struggles to pull my life together. You’ll get to here how i’m pulling my life together to hopefully get some ideas for yourself as I’m assuming that’s why you’re reading this post and you’ll also hear which ideas of mine don’t work and hopefully can learn from my mistakes. So without further ado onto the first step: Getting Organized. This is essential and probably needs to be the first step in really getting your shit together.
Step 1) Get a Planner! My number one piece of advice would be to get a planner and be sure to use that planner. Also, make it a planner that you think is cute even if it is a bit pricier. The reason here being that if the planner doesn’t make you want to write in it and carry it around then you’re never going to use it and then you just wasted your money. So go for the slightly more expensive planner if it makes you want to write in it more. For instance I got my planner from Target so it’s not anything fancy like a Lilly Pulitzer one but it’s cute and professional looking while not being boring, actually to be honest it’s way cuter than anything I thought I would find at Target. Also, if you like to deal with electronics more than paper or find it easier to not have to carry a planner around, you can always use your phone or computer. Google has a great calendar that you can access through your google account on any device. There are also, a ton of apps for free that are great planners, picking one out just depends on personal preference and what you are looking for in a planner. For example, I use my planner for life stuff, class, and this blog, so I’m going to want a planner that goes a lot more in depth than someone just using it for school, so it’s all personal preference. Comment down below and let me know if you want me to do a post on my favorite planning or productivity apps that are free.
Step 2) Use the Planner! Having a planner is a great start but ultimately useless unless you actually use it on a regular basis. As for what methods of planning and using your planner work best for you is going to be some trial and error on your part. For instance, I color code mine so I can see what different tasks I have for the day. Some people like to put times for everything to keep them on track but that ultimately leaves me feeling too overwhelmed. I put big events and important days in the month portion as well as my blog ideas and when I want to post them. My planner is awesome because for each week I have a section for my top 3 tasks and a general to-do list for the week where I put tasks that aren’t time sensitive. In the days section of the week I put all my tasks, color coded, that I have to do on specific days. That way with even a quick glance I can easily tell what I’m doing for the day whether it’s working on this blog, working around the house, homework, or doing a bunch of running around. I try to leave out things that I do every day like going to class but always include my daily workout. Putting it in my planner is like setting an appointment with myself and it makes me more likely to get my butt to the gym. Comment if you want me to write a post showing you guys my planner and how I like to organize for ideas.
Step 3) Follow Through! This is personally where I struggle. I’m really good at planning things out but when it comes to the execution I am a lazy procrastinator. But if you really want to get organized you have to keep up with your planner and do the things you write in there on the days you have them written otherwise you become like me and spend the rest of the week scrambling around playing catch up with is extremely stressful and not worth being lazy earlier in the week.
So, get a planner, use the planner, follow through and you will be on your way to organizing your life in now time!
Alright, that’s all I’ve got for today and that wraps up my first official blog post. If you like what I’ve had to say on this topic or have some constructive criticism I would really appreciate hearing it. Thanks for reading and I hope you have an awesome day! 🙂