I love a list. In fact, I love multiple lists. I will have a list of the things I need to do, what to pack if I’m going on holiday, on what I need to get when I go shopping, I will have a list for every scenario. In general, I just like to be organised! I like to know what’s happening, as well as where and when so that I know everything is under control. I think being organised is definitely a control thing for me, I hate when life is in disarray, and most of all I hate not having a plan. So I thought I would just do a little post about the main ways I keep organised.
Yes, that is a Supernatural diary you can spy in the pictures. I love a good diary, something that has lots of space to write not only important dates and appointments but also lists or other important information I come across. I also like one that has a few different ways of viewing the month; I like to have the month-at-a-view pages because they’re so useful for just quickly checking what is happening that month. But there also needs to be somewhere to pop in the stuff that happens daily in a week at a glance format. Obviously, this is not one that I would carry around day to day with me, but it does sit on my desk and I check and update it at least once a week.
I mentioned lists above, and honestly, I find it one of the easiest ways to find control and order in my life. I am forever making lists, whether its about the blog posts I need to write, the next books I’m going to read in the next month, or what I’m going to eat that week. I think that by writing everything down and planning things can help bring clarity and in times where my mind is loud and working a mile a minute, really helps calm things down. There’s almost nothing that can’t be fixed with a list and a good cup of tea, of that I am sure.
When I was younger, I would always carry a notebook around with me. I think it was more to do with always wanting to be able to sit and write if I felt the need to. But it was also really helpful for noting down things that people recommended or things I’d heard about that I wanted to find out more about. I still do this, but I’m a little more with the times now, I tend to squirrel all my stuff away on my Google Keep app. I tend to use this app purely because it allows me to access my notes from anywhere, even if I don’t have my phone with me, just by logging in online.
I said earlier that I don’t carry my diary around with me because it’s too big and bulky, so I like to utilise the calendar and reminder apps. I will put my scheduled blog posts into my calendar and set a reminder the day it’s going to be published. This means that I’ll remember which post is going out and I can do some social media posts for it too. I’ll get reminders on the mornings of appointments or days out too. Having it all on my phone, also means that when I’m out making plans, I’ll know when I’m free just by checking my calendar on my phone.
Obviously, there are lots of different ways people like to stay organised, and honestly, there isn’t a right or wrong way to do it. It’s all about finding what works for you, a few years ago I hated the agro of using a diary and was able to just remember when things were happening at the drop of a hat, now I’m lucky if I remember when my own birthday is!
Are there any particular apps that you like to use to stay organised? Or perhaps a certain ritual or routine you have that helps you keep on top of things? Let me know in the comments down below, I’d love to know!