If you’ve known me for a while, you will probably be completely confused by the title of this post. I’m the kind of person who writes lots of lists but rarely completes the tasks on them. Since New Year, I’ve been making a conscious effort to become more organised and it has actually been pretty successful. I’ve kept my Filofax up to date and looking pretty with Washi Tape and colourful pens and with several different checklists in the back to keep me on top of my blog schedule, and a schedule for restarting YouTube videos in February. I know I won’t be the only one who used to fall into the trap of writing checklists but not actually completing them. I thought I would show you what I’ve been doing, and although some of you might not necessarily find this interesting, I started doing this because of reading posts about organisation on other blogs.
So you are probably wondering why I’m still using a Filofax when I have several different electronic devices. I love writing. It’s one of the things that I miss the most about university. As much as technology is great, nothing beats putting pen to paper. So without further ado, I’ll show you the layout and style of how I keep organised with my Filofax.
It may seem a little OCD colour coordinating, but for me, if something looks pretty and is visually stimulating, I’m more likely to stick to a plan (if only I’d done this for my dissertation!). I’ve picked up Washi Tape from various different places; online, in stores and also over in the USA. It’s basically coloured masking tape that you can write on so can turn boring to-do lists and diaries into brightly coloured, artistic lists. Previously, I switched and changed depending on which was within my reach or my mood but I’ve now got specific colours for different things; yellow for work, purple dots for general plans, orange for bills, green striped for travel, silver striped for going away or events over several days and pink stripes for gym sessions that I have booked. Like I said, it makes me feel a little over the top but so far it has helped keep my life in order.
I’ve also started a proper schedule and checklist for blog posts by making a table with the theme of the post, whether photos have been taken, a draft written, proof read status and the date it is scheduled to post. By being able to see visually whether I am up to date, it has helped me to organise more regular posts without having to faff around and panic as to whether I’ve got something written or not.
If you have any similar posts to do with organisation, I would love to read them, I find them really interesting and often give me more ideas to use. I hope you don’t all think that I’m crazy, I just thought I would share with you how I keep myself up to date and stay on top of things.