Life has become pretty hectic for all of us, and the relentless pace is only made more nauseating when you are unorganised. There are plenty ways of getting yourself organised. We are big fans of tried and tested planners and diaries.
Actually putting pen to paper physically creates a written contract with yourself and helps you stay on track and achieve the goals you have set yourself. Also you will be less likely to forget that you have a dentist appointment next Thursday.
So you want to use a planner to get organised? Well keep reading to find out just how to do that.
Pick the right one
Do you want to bullet journal, are you using habit trackers, or are you just after a week to a page person. Whatever you choose it actually has to work for you, otherwise this is essentially wasted money, and time.
Really look through the selection on offer, and pick wisely, do your research. Make sure that you are happy with your choice and know you will be able to use this planner effectively.
Actually use it
Open it, get a nice pen, and start putting your life in the pages.
Silly as that sounds, but how many times have you bought a planner and then just watched it go unused for the year. It’s not going to suck you into it, and send you back 50 years to see who opened the Chamber of Secrets, so we are sure you will actually benefit from using your planner,,
Instead of never using it, actually start using it. Put in your appointments, when you work overtime, when you are actually going to call your mum back – she won’t wait for ever- and actually use the thing for its intended purpose.
Do to-do lists
Okay so now you have started using your planner, now is the time to make sure you are actually getting your life together. Start each week with a to-do list. AND ACTUALLY COMPLETE THE TASKS AND TICK THEM OFF.
So many people write a to do list and then don’t do it.
What is the point?
We are being strict here, but you are reading this because you want to get organised.
Track your progress
Now you can use your shiny new lists to see how well you are doing. What tasks are you managing to complete well. What are you leaving to the end, and not managing to complete?
Now you have an itemised invoice of dysfunctional behaviour. You can use this for next week, tackle the stuff you typically leave FIRST. Leave the stuff you have no issues with.
Soon you will have broken the dysfunctional behaviours and will be on the road to organised nirvana.
Don’t set yourself any gaols that are unrealistic. Know your limitations, and be aware that you are the same person that you were last week, and that any changes you make need to be gradual.
It doesn’t mater that the change isn’t over night, just know that you are working in the right direction to get yourself where you want to be.