10 Simple and Easy Ways to Keep Your Life Organized

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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.

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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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  • Thanks for sharing! There are great tips. I already do some of them, but others (like keeping Insta hashtags handy on your phone) are things I really need to do!

  • Agendas are the best!! I used to say that about people with agendas too – because everything I had was kept online, but writing it out is soooo much better! And good for an overview glance as well ^^

    • Haha I don’t know what I’d do without it!

  • Victoria Stacey

    I totally do the lists of hashtags in my notes thing! I also am trying to get on a better sleep schedule – hoping it’ll work with the new dog!

    • Congrats on getting a new dog, I want one so badly haha! Waiting until my boyfriend and I move out together 🙂

  • Carly Ned

    PREACH!! “DON’T BUY MORE GROCERIES THAN YOU CAN EAT” hahaha! My boyfriend ALWAYS insists we buy this and that… and then we don’t eat it or it goes bad. And I thought I was the only one who kept a note with hashtags on my phone. Good to know I’m not the only crazy blogger out there! Another great post 🙂 xx thecarlycollective.com

  • Amy

    I would be lost without my agenda! I swear it keeps me on top of everything and I feel so lost / unorganized / unproductive without it!

    xoxo,

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • I love that pink notebook by ban.do. My favorite agenda is from that company!

    • Thanks Rachel! I’m going to keep buying planners from them because I love them so much haha!

  • Girl, such s great post! These are all practical tips to stay organized that we can all incorporate. It’s sometimes hard to find balance cause we’re running at such a fast pace! Thanks for these 10 fab reminders!

  • Super great ideas! I am so disorganized and need to rectify that. I am pinning this so I can go back when I get my iPhone and planner. I am curious if you know the best hashtags for food that aren’t location specific. Just foodie ones.

    • Thanks Bobbi! Here are the foodie hashtags I’m currently using, hope this helps: #foodblogger #foodblog #foodporn #foodgasm #food #foodie #foodstagram #foodpics #delicious #wtfoodies #instafood

  • Love, love, love this list!!!! I need to download the reminders app!

    • It’s one of the standard Apple apps haha! 🙂

  • I haven’t used a written planner yet but I need to try! I love the ones you have pictured!

  • I’m totally obsessed with my planner & have been using religiously this year. It’s absolutely keeping me organized. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

  • Ashley Mason

    These are great tips! I wouldn’t be able to live without my planner!

  • I love this! I live out of my agenda and check my email way too often haha. Definitely need to work on a more consistent sleep schedule though!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

  • These are such great tips! I have never used the reminders app but I may try it soon.

  • HOP

    I am a planner addict! Seriously! I have tried using my phone and honestly can’t be as productive nor creative as a planner with pen / pencil. It’s just so much easier to jot down ideas and such.\
    Good luck on getting organized! Gotta do the drink more water goal too !

    Hoppie | http://eatwithhop.com

    • I totally agree! Thanks for reading Hoppie 😊

  • Cydney

    I used to use that reminder app all the time, I don’t know why I stopped not I just stocked up on two diaries and a notebook too for blogging

    • I always have my phone on me when I’m running errands and such so I like using the app!

  • Jolina

    I’ve been very bad keeping a proper sleep schedule. I stay up all night all weekend so when the work week rolls around, I’m exhausted! Need to work on that.

    • Haha that’s my exact problem now, especially since I’m still on winter break from school!

  • These are great tips! I’m with you, I’ve had a paper planner since I was in high school and I swear by it!

  • Deb

    Drinking water!!! I need to do this more 🙂 love your writing!

  • Greta Hollar

    Drinking water and the apple reminders app are a big part of my day! Love the rest of these tips.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Great tips! Keeping a note with my insta hashtags has been a game changer!

  • Using a planner and planning my outfits out ahead of time makes a huge difference for me! Great tips girl!

  • MK

    Instagram hashtags is something I keep meaning to do, and never do. I think I’m going to go set that up now. Thanks for the push 🙂

  • Tuyet

    Thanks for the tips! I’m a planner too and need to organized at all times!

    http://kimballandkedzie.com/2017/01/09/blush-bucket-bag/

  • Sarah Jean

    Keeping hashtags on my phone is such a great tip! I’m just learning Instgram and constantly looking up pinterest posts to find old hashtags I’ve used. Thank you!

  • So many great tips!!! I really need to drink alot more water. I always forget to do it.

    • I always just carry a water bottle around so I don’t forget!

  • Water is my biggest downfall. I need to find something for android to help me with the reminders.

    • For me I always carry my water bottle around so I don’t feel the need to get coffee when I’m at school or out haha!

  • Jennifer Jackson

    Great tips! Love the IG hashtags hack!

  • Whitney H

    Okay, I thought that I was organized but dang girl! These are awesome tips. I live by my planner, I have to write everything down or else I forget!

    • Haha, thanks Whitney! That’s me too, half the time I forget I have plans if I don’t write them down lol.

  • Love these tips Jessica! I’ve been working on getting organized this year

  • All great tips around organization! I do most of these and the hashtag one helps save so much time!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • Thanks Tina! And isn’t it such a lifesaver?! Lol.

  • I need to do the hashtag thing and meal planning! Ahhh so many ideas you’ve introduced me to lol thanks!

  • Kim Amy

    I do the hashtag thing already and my to-do list needed to have more options so I switched from Reminders to Wunderlist…you might love it!

    • I’ll check out Wunderlist – thanks for the suggestion Kim!

  • Babies to Bookworms

    Great tips! I like the not buying more groceries than you can eat tip!

    • Thank you! It just makes me feel a lot happier when I’m not wasting food!

  • Sharon Glascoe

    I really need to start planning my outfits. I take entirely too long to get ready in the morning and it has everything to do with my outfit dilemmas!

    • Haha my boyfriend complains about it all the time!

  • A planner / agenda is a must! Can’t imagine getting organized without one. Great post 🙂

  • emilymaureen

    Love these tips! The reminder app is my new best friend.

  • Ooh these are great tips, especially the one about keeping a note for instagram hashtags!! So handy!

  • Jacqueline Gikow

    I just today started thinking about Apple’s Reminders. I’ve hated the idea forever, but I have succumbed to chaos with my activities. lol

    • Haha, I really don’t know what I’d do without Reminders! It’s tedious to get started with but you grow to love it!

  • Jessica Slater

    Some really good tips. Will have to get myself a new planner for 2017 x

  • Such good tips! I honestly cannot live without my planner. And def utilizing that IG hashtag trick!

    Enclothed Cognition