There is one skill that is more important than any other when it comes to transforming your life, and that's organisation. When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.
How can you reach your goals if you don't have them written down to remind you of them? How can you eat healthily if you haven't planned your meals and all you've got is a freezer full of chips? How can you run a business without any structure? How can you fit "you" time in with your busy lifestyle if you don't make the effort to schedule it in?
When I am unorganised, my life gets chaotic. When I embrace my persnickety side and plan my life down to a T, I become wonder woman.
Here are just a few ways I am bringing organisation into my life to help me reach my own personal goals:
- I write my goals down. If they are huge, I break them down into manageable chunks
- I regularly review my goals
- I have daily To Do Lists that contain literally everything I must do that day - I include alllll the mundane stuff like cooking my tea and washing up afterwards, not just because it ensures I don't forget, but because I can see everything that needs doing at a glance and it means I can plan my time accurately
- Using timings on your To Do List. In the past, I've struggled with my To Do Lists because I've made them insanely huge. When I started adding realistic time frames for each task, for example, breakfast from 8.30-9.00am, I was able to make lists I actually had a chance of completing and it has made me feel so much better about myself
- Use apps! I cannot imagine my life without Wunderlist and Evernote. I use Wunderlist for my daily To Do Lists, as well as having different lists for things I know I need to tackle at some point but it's not urgent. As for Evernote, it might as well be my life. I keep my health diary in there, blog post ideas, essential information regarding my home, I keep track of the things I've been doing in there. There's no excuse to be unorganised when technology is practically begging to help you
- Back to that health diary I just mentioned...every day I record the hours I have slept, the food I have eaten, the drinks I have drunk, how I have been feeling physically and how I have been feeling mentally. Since doing so, I've found patterns that are helping me craft the lifestyle that fits me best
- Meal planning is something I adopted in university and I am so glad I did because back then I was rolling around in money, now I'm not and can't afford to waste money on food! Not only does meal planning save me money by not buying any unnecessary rubbish, but it prepares you to be healthy. If I only plan healthy meals, I only buy healthy food and therefore I can only eat healthily! It means I'm never caught unawares and resort to getting a takeaway
Of course, it's impossible to be 100% organised all the time, as I have learnt this week. A nasty, nasty cold (honestly, I'm just so glad it wasn't proper flu....) has really set me back this week and it doesn't matter how carefully curated your To Do List is when illness hits. You need to rest. I also find that if you expect everything to go to plan and leave yourself with no leeway whatsoever, you're setting yourself up for stress.
However, my biggest tip for organisation is one that I am totally aiming at myself...
It's great if you've got to the stage where you've written all these plans down and you're feeling super duper organised but all the To Do Lists in the world are NOT going to make a difference if you don't bloody stick to them!