Last week, I talked about how one of my focuses for 2018 is wellness. Another one of my focuses is organization.
I have been having a lot of issues with my anxiety lately. Our house is in a constant state of demolition – I still have boxes in my kitchen that I haven’t unpacked (and won’t until the kitchen is complete). I haven’t been able to exercise like I need to due to a hip injury, so the anxiety has just been festering and growing. And I have been feeling really unorganized, overwhelmed and scattered, and it is making my anxiety even worse.
So I am making it a point to get organized. I want to simplify, de-clutter and get it together. But I am taking it one thing at a time. If you overwhelm yourself with too much, there is NO way you can keep it up!
My first step is to really rely on my planner. I have been using the Whitney English Day Designer for several years, but I still don’t think I am making the most of it the way I should. I want it to be my life.
If you don’t have a planner yet, I highly recommend you getting one. It doesn’t have to be super fancy or expensive. But do make sure it is something functional for you. I used to use a Kate Spade planner, and while I loved it, I really needed more room for daily things, which is how I ended up with the Day Designer. But there are so many options out there. Lilly Pulitzer makes planners. ban.do makes planners. The Day Designer has versions at Target. Just get something you like and will want to use.
Here are a few of my tips for making the most of your planner-
Color code – it makes things so much easier. Whether it is with stickers or colored pens, whatever works for you. I use colored pens. Maybe each person in your family has a certain color, or certain activities have a specific color (work related, school, home, etc). I find color coding can be extremely helpful.
Try Stickers – I realize this may sound slightly juvenile, but my planner last year came with stickers & I loved it! I used them for things I was really excited about or really needed to pay attention to. I know some people use washi tape too.
Calendar Page – use your calendar page for overall things that you want to see – maybe birthdays, appointments, parties, events, kids’ practices. That way you can look at your whole month at a glance and see what weeks are crazy, what days are free.
Daily Pages – Use your daily pages for the details – the day’s to do lists, meal planning, maybe your goal for the day. I like to keep track of my detailed workouts on my daily pages along with my to do lists.
Write it down – whatever it is, write it down. I firmly believe that you are much more likely to get it done if you write it down (plus I LOVE to cross things off my list!).
The second thing I am focusing on is making a giant list. I want to make a list of all of the things I need to work on (decluttering and cleaning out), and I am going to tackle 1 – 2 things on my list each month. Some months I may be able to do more, some just the one. But I can slowly tackle projects without being crazy overwhelmed. And not overwhelming yourself is the key to success, don’t you think? By the way, I plan on including this list in my planner AND penciling in when I hope to accomplish them.
If you are interested in more, I am going to start including a little piece to The Monthly Edit, my monthly newsletter. You can sign up for emails at the bottom of this post. You’ll get the Monthly Edit the first Tuesday every month & a weekly email with the week’s blog posts on Fridays.
So who is hoping for a more organized 2018?