All week I’ve been banging on about how lovely stationery is, and I’m not about to go back on that… BUT it’s not just about pretty notebooks and paperclips. So, with some lovely but also very practical stationery from Flying Tiger (F.K.A Tiger), let’s chat about how to stay organised. You’ll thank me for these on Monday…
A lot of people say that multi tasking is actually bad for productivity, but I guess it depends on the way that your brain works? I can understand that dividing your attention might mean that you get confused & end up giving less than 100%, but it seems to work for me. Because my brain is weird; the busier I am, the more I get done. And so, multi-tasking has become the norm.
When it comes to notebooks, I have several on the go at once. Each has its own purpose & that helps me to stay organised when jumping from project to project (happens a lot when you have several hustles). It also means that if I happen to misplace a notebook, I haven’t lost everything – that would be a nightmare. Thankfully I’ve learnt to take good care of my notebooks and haven’t lost one yet…
In some ways I’m quite old fashioned when it comes to staying organised. I’m a pen and paper kinda gal – writing things down really helps me to remember things. I guess this is the reason that I’m so attached to notebooks?
I’m a total list addict – I have lists of lists. The reason I have several lists is because it keeps things light and current. I used to have one big list but it had a really negative impact on my productivity. One big list might seem more organised but it isn’t necessarily a good thing, as it can become overwhelming. I used to have a big list and nothing ever got ticked off, purely because I would look at the list in terror. I saw the big list as one big unachievable task instead of the multiple smaller tasks that it was made of – I admitted defeat before I even tried to attempt anything. It’s all in the mind!
So now I have smaller, more manageable lists that I know I can conquer. Crossing things off lists is really motivating – if only you could bottle that feeling of finishing all of your tasks! Among my lists I usually have one for ‘today’, one for ‘the week’, one for ‘the month’, one for ‘the future’ and one for dumping anything on. The main thing I’ve learnt is that this list business is all about priorities and determining the urgency, which often that means setting a deadline. Deadlines make the world go round – whoever said it was music lied to you ha
Every now and then I sit down to go through my lists and audit them. It depends how busy/changeable things are, but I like to keep them fresh so that I don’t miss anything off. Lists are my friends now! You know that thing people say about keeping a notebook by your bed? Well my top tip is to empty your mind before you go to sleep – make a (small) list for the next day before you go to bed and you’ll hopefully be able to sleep better. Try it and let me know how it goes.
Folders are for holding stuff together, yep we all know that. But how often have you turned your whole desk upside down looking for something? A receipt or an instruction manual, an invoice or a phone bill – imagine if you could find it in 2 seconds. Well, you can if you’re organised and folders can help with that!
I feel like a proper grown up since having folders for things. House things, work things, blog things, important ‘me’ things – they all have their own folders so I can technically find things whenever I need them. See, I told you that I’m a grown up now. I even enjoyed sorting everything into folders too; I ordered things by date or relevance or company.
This might sound all a bit boring, but once you have a little system in place it’s not hard to keep on top of things. A bill arrives? You’ve got a folder for that. An important document is printed? You’ve got a folder for that. See it works. PLUS you can get some really fancy looking folders nowadays – how could you say no to that rainbow document wallet? I have some cute plastic envelope folders to keep receipts in which helps keeping track of my freelance expenses etc a bit more pleasant. I also have an iridescent mermaid-like folder that I carry around with me when I want to feel cool. It’s essentially like a clutch bag, but I can’t fit anything other than work stuff inside it. Thanks for keeping me on track folders!
So I said before that I’m a pen & paper kinda gal… I mean, that’s not strictly true. Nowadays we are glued to our phones – maybe you’re reading this right now on your phone? I don’t know the official stats but we probably check them every 10 minutes – for a text, Instagram notification or just to check the time. Technically, it’s not stationery (I guess it’s like a digital kind?) but since it plays such a big part in my life I thought it was worth a mention…
Time is money, and when you’re a busy person juggling a lot of different hustles (career, blog, social life) time is precious. A lot of people ask me how I have time to do everything, and I often say ‘I don’t’ but actually it’s all about time management. If I’m organised, I can get more things done and keep all of my hustles happy. To help me do this I set reminders on my phone for everything – sending emails, when to leave my flat to get to meetings on time, getting food out of the freezer to defrost.
A lot of people see getting the tube as a pain, but I see it as an opportunity to get organised. I’ll be setting reminders on my way home for the things I need to do when I get home and scheduling events for the next couple of days . It seems to work for me anyway. Probably because I hate having notifications on my phone, so it helps me focus on getting the task done. Does anyone else hate notifications? ha
I’m not an expert on being organised, but there’s a few things that work for me. Everyone’s methods will be different, but you just have to do what’s best for you. I think the overriding key to success when it comes to being organised is having an easy to manage system in place, whatever that looks like. Being organised is supposed to make your life easier, so don’t feel like you have to start a bullet journal because that’s what everyone else is doing – it’s not MY thing anyway. (Or planners – I worry that I’d spend too much time on making it look pretty rather than actually getting things done!)
How do you stay organised? I’m always looking for tips so let me know if you think there’s something I’m missing out on. Oh and hands up who’ll be heading to their local Flying Tiger to stock up on these colourific beauties…? I’ll see you in the queue 🙂
This post is a collaboration with Flying Tiger – I was kindly gifted some of the items featured to create this post (I bought some myself too). Thank you to Flying Tiger for supporting me & allowing me to create fun content to celebrate National Stationery Week. As always, all opinions etc are 100% my own – I love everything featured!