Organized calendar and notebook

Pardon me if I am the bearer of bad news, but it’s Monday! I doubt I am the only one waking up with the Monday blues this morning. BUT, I do know that I can make today a great day. And step one to doing that is getting organized.

Exactly that is what I am here to talk to you about today! Whether you are headed back to school for the fall term, in need of overcoming the pile of work on your desk or just feeling lost within the day to day to-dos… I have your back!

There are 3 steps to getting organized. Yes, just 3. Follow them and you will be on the path to being the most organized person on the block!

STEP 1: Find your method.

Are you a lover of the digital age? Or do you love the feeling of a pen rolling over paper? Or do you prefer a mix of both? Whatever you like, choose it and stick with your method!

In today’s highly digital world, there are SO many great organizational tools at your fingers tips, literally. Whether it’s Apple or Google’s version of Calendars, they are both intuitive and sync among devices. The same goes for apps such as Evernote. You can create notes, checklists, vision boards, and much more that you can sync and easily have access to on your computer or phone.

We also are in the midst of the era of bullet journaling and creating the perfect planner. Whether you purchase the classic Leuchtturm 1917 notebook to create your own bullet journal or configure your own Erin Condren planner, get a pen that you love and use it!

Or, do a combination of digital and paper. I personally fit into this category myself! For events and appointments, I use my Calendar app on my iPhone. It is just easier for me than carrying a notebook around everywhere, let alone writing every event in it! But, when it comes to my to-dos, a notebook and nice pen need to be at my disposal.

Point is, pick a method and stick to it. If you notice that you might be better off with another method, then switch it! But don’t waste your time pimping out your new bullet journal if you will never touch it again.

STEP 2: Brain dump.

Ok, you have your method chosen, right? Now it is time to dump the contents of your brain. Chances are you are are either running around like a chicken with its head cut off, or you are close to it. All of the things you have to remember are driving your crazy!

This is the perfect time to sit down with your notebook, laptop, or both and start jotting everything down. I find this the most relaxing exercise ever! Slowly, my mind clears up, but at the same time, I still have all of those thoughts captured. 

Figure out a way to categorize your thoughts. How do they belong together? For me, I categorize my to-do’s into school, work, coaching, blogging, and life! Several little categories help me not get overwhelmed! This is about finding what’s right for you. So, maybe one big list is all you need!

STEP 3: Make it a habit. 

Ok, step 1 and 2 have been fairly simple, right? Well here comes the doozy. Making this a habit… This is your make it or break it moment. There are plenty of studies of how long it takes to make something a habit, but here is my advice to you. Use that phone to your advantage and set a reminder! Every day, take 5-10 minutes and have a mini brain dump! And over the weekend, take a bit longer to brain dump, set some goals for the week, and plan ahead!

So there you have it. 3 steps to being organized. Sounds easy, but it’s far from it. It takes hard work, just like everything else in life. And really, this is just getting your thoughts, priorities, and to-dos organized, this doesn’t involve actually doing them!

But this is the start. The start of being motivated to tackle your tasks. The start of completing those tasks and gaining more motivation to keep working hard from them!

What are your go-to organizational tools?

With love,

Lena Marie 💕

“Clutter smothers. Simplicity breathes.” – Terry Guillmets

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