For me personally, I struggle with it (being organised), because it’s really tempting to scroll through Instagram for an hour or two, or go on Snapchat to “catch up” for 4 hours. Here are 7 ways to boost your organization!
Map out your month, week, day (or even year)
Making a visual “map” of your week may help to remind you of ongoing or upcoming tasks. Start by getting a weekly and a monthly calendar (I print a weekly planner off from Eliza Ellis and then I print a monthly calendar off from Emma Studies ) and writing in your activities in the calendar before moving onto some of the items on your to do list. It’s helpful to have both a weekly and a monthly calendar because a lot of the time the schedule changes from week to week and also because the boxes in the calendar aren’t always big enough. If you know you have a geography test on Thursday, write it in the calendar. If you know you have English coursework due on Wednesday, write it in the calendar. Also make sure to put your calendar in a place where you will see it often. I put mine up on the wall by my door just so I can be sure that passing it every day will be a reminder to study.
Start with a clean space
Starting with a clean space will make you feel more organized, trust me. I like to clean my desk at the beginning of the week, and clear it after I use it (that never happens though).
Actually use the calendar app on your phone!
I know this may seem trivial, but it may help. Your calendar app is so underrated! You can set reminders of what time to leave if you’re travelling somewhere, or you can set reminders timewise, as in you will get a reminder a certain amount of time prior to an event. I know I use mine to remind me when I have dance or a test, and it actually helps, especially for someone who is always on their phone.
Get someone to help you stick to your new plans! Maybe your parents could remind you to do your work or have to make sure that you have done it. Recently, I’ve started to give my mum my phone when I get home from school to make sure that I’m not on it. That way, if I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do, I have someone to answer to other than myself.
Find your motivation
If you want to be more organized you need to be more motivated. You have to want it and you need to want it bad. Make a motivation board or wall-mine is filled with pictures of Beyoncé, Yara Shahidi, Michelle Obama, and quotes. Trust me, it’s so much easier to be productive if you’re motivated.
Try an app!
There are so many apps out there to get you being productive and organized; from to do lists to time management apps. Here are three of my personal favorites:
Forest-Time management helper
Take it one day at a time
Take every day as it comes. Being organized doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve got your whole life planned out and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. To be organized, take it slow. Be happy with what you have done so far so that you can move on.
I hope this post helps! Let me know your organization tips in the comments below!