My entire life would fall apart if I wasn’t such a planner. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I seriously can’t do without planning things. From my daily schedule to my blog posts to my outfit for that event next week, I have to plan everything. I’m an absolute mess if I don’t.
We’re all in the midst of trying to set our goals for the new year and improve ourselves. It’s so important to stay organized in order to maintain all of these things! I’ve compiled a list of 10 ways that can help you stay better organized when it comes to your daily life.
1. Use an agenda/planner
Trust me – you need one. One year ago, I was one of those people who made fun of people who used physical planners. Why keep your entire life schedule in something you have to always carry around with you and have to worry about if you lose? The joke was on me. Having a planner really helps you stay organized and on top of things! When I was using my iCloud Calendar, things didn’t always sync properly and I’d be constantly double-booking myself or forgetting about appointments.
2. Set monthly goals and actually follow up with them
Every month I set certain goals, including the number of Instagram followers I hope to gain by the end of the month. If I don’t reach my goal by the end of the month, I analyze my Instagram business stats (so useful) and try to determine what I did wrong and what I could do better for the next month. You need to know what you’re reaching for to help you strategize how you’re going to get there!
3. Use the Reminders app from Apple
I can’t remember what life was like before I started using Reminders. Actually, I do – I was using Notes, but it was before all the good updates happened. I constantly add things to and check things off of my to-do and work lists throughout the day, every single day. I probably check this app more than I check Instagram (which is a heck of a lot).
4. Don’t buy more groceries than you can eat
I’ve actually been doing a pretty good job over the last few months of not having to throw out leftovers or expired food. I try to only buy the amount of groceries I know I can finish before they expire, and I freeze things if I’m unable to finish them by the expiry date. It doesn’t make me feel good when I have to throw out food, so this is a necessity in my everyday life.
5. Clean on a regular basis
Growing up, I had “chore days” where I had to do everything from vacuuming to folding laundry to doing the dishes. Since I’m much older now, I rarely ever have the time to dedicate an entire day to cleaning. I try to do a little bit of cleaning here and there everyday to make things easier. Vacuum today, clean the bathroom tomorrow, wipe all the counters the next day. It’s definitely less overwhelming!
6. Check your emails multiple times throughout the day
You should constantly be checking your email(s), especially if you’re in school or working online. Professionalism and responding to people in a timely manner is super important! Plus, it’s very satisfying to have an empty inbox (I don’t understand people who have 50,000 unread emails in their inbox).
7. Keep a note on your phone with Instagram hashtags ready to go
This is more of a tip for you Instagrammers, but doing this has saved me so much time and stress. I have sets of hashtags for various types of Instagram posts (lifestyle, food, fashion, etc.) along with relevant accounts to tag. It makes life so much easier when you can simply copy and paste without having to remember all 30 hashtags you regularly use. If you don’t know what hashtags to use, I have 100 for you right here. If you’re interested in seeing all the hashtags I personally use per photo, let me know in the comments!
8. Drink lots and lots of water
It’s harder to focus when you’re dehydrated, and a green tea latte from Starbucks isn’t going to do it for ya. I carry my S’well bottle around so that I always have water with me. I even got myself a mini one so I could throw it into my smaller purses.
9. Have a proper sleep schedule
I’m completely a morning person and I love waking up early to get things done, but I can’t function if I don’t have a proper night’s sleep. It’s hard for anyone to get things done if they’re exhausted! 7 to 8 hours usually does it for me.
10. Plan out your outfits ahead of time
Back when I was in high school, I used to have a note on my phone called “OOTDs” where I planned every single outfit for the entire school year. I did change and move things around throughout the year, but it made things so much easier. I’m trying to get back into the habit of doing this, as Adam always reminds me that I take forever to get ready.
I hope this gave you some ideas on how to stay organized in your daily life! Here are a few of my essentials from this post:
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