Monday, 9 May 2016

5 WAYS TO GET ORGANISED

I used to be the biggest culprit in leaving things to the last minute and feeling overwhelmed by the mountain of tasks I had to do, or deadlines that were looming. But I've finally discovered how good it feels to be organised, and how important it is in order to feel more relaxed in life.


1). Write things down
Making lists may seem like a boring and unnecessary task to do, but it really helps to empty your mind. When you've got lots of things going round in your head and you feel like your brain is about to explode (we've all been there), it's nice to relieve the stress by writing it all down. It helps to visualise your workload in order to prioritise tasks, and it gives a sense of achievement and relief when you can physically cross an item off the list after doing it. I usually write a list at the start of the week so that I know exactly what I need to do by the next weekend, and it means I don't have to worry about forgetting anything important.

2). Be realistic
Theres no point in setting yourself too many tasks for the week/month if they are physically impossible to achieve. I think it's great to push yourself and strive to be your best, but if that means you're taking steps backwards in being organised instead of forwards, then something is going wrong. When I started this blog, I said to myself I was going to post three times a week, but then as time went on I realised that alongside university, placements and a job, this wasn't happening. This meant that my organisation strategy wasn't working and therefore I was falling behind with my blog posts. However, now that I've made the realistic decision to post twice a week on my blog whilst still at university, it makes me feel more relaxed and able to achieve that goal and stay organised with my weekly schedule. 

3). Set a goal
As I said before, theres no point in giving yourself an unrealistic amount of tasks to do, because you will feel weighed down by them. However, I do think that it's good to set yourself realistic goals which will inspire and motivate you. I'm currently writing my dissertation which is something that I'm really struggling with and don't want to write, however, the thought of finishing my course and obtaining a degree is something that motivates me to keep going. Having that goal and achievement ahead of me helps to keep me organised and have a structured working pattern so that I don't feel stressed out by the deadline and get it finished in plenty of time. 

4). De-clutter regularly
It's really hard to feel organised in your head if everything around you feels cluttered. It's good to have a regular tidy-up to help clear your mind and ensure your environment is relaxing. If your surroundings are unorganised it can lower your mood and make you feel unmotivated. In order to organise your workload and schedule, you need an organised space around you.

5). Don't procrastinate
We're all guilty of doing this, and I still find myself doing all of the unnecessary tasks in order to avoid the boring important ones. But the longer you wait to do something, the more difficult and stressful it will become. If you try and just get on with the tasks you need to do (even if they're really boring), it will give you more time in the end to relax and they will be achieved quicker. Putting the effort in now will lift the weight off your shoulders.


I hope this will help to motivate you into becoming organised if you aren't already! I definitely feel a lot happier and relaxed when my mind and environment are organised. If you have any more tips then please leave them in the comments below, I would love to hear some different ideas.

Lots of love,
Emily.
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