Adulting 101: Staying Organized

May 9, 2016

Staying organized is absolutely vital to becoming a fully functioning human being and I get it, sometimes things get a little crazy and it’s hard to stay on top of your stuff, but nonetheless, the world doesn’t stop for anything.  It continues to spin regardless of all the stuff that got piled on your to-do list, so it’s either you sink or you swim.

Here are 3 tips to staying on top of your game:

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Get a calendar.

I know that everyone has a calendar app on their phones nowadays, but it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t use it regularly. If you’re constantly looking at your calendar on your phone and it works for you then that’s awesome.  For others, don’t feel bad.  I had to buy myself a planner because it was the only thing that worked for me.  Physically writing out the things I needed to do and seeing it on a calendar helped me to better keep track of what I needed to do.

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Get a white board/bulletin board.

Ever since I invested in a huge white board (WITH MAGNETS!), my life became less cluttered and my mind became less cluttered too! Instead of making my pile of responsibilities bigger and bigger on my desk, I put them on the white board (this is where the magnets came in handy) in terms of priority.  The sooner things needed to be taken care of, they went up on the white board so they were staring at me in the face.

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If you’re not the type to sit down and write everything down at once on a white board, then a bulletin board is awesome too. You can write notes to yourself throughout the day and pin them up as the day goes by.

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Alerts!

Set up alerts on your phone or computer, whichever one you’re looking at the most and set alarms 15 minutes before the deadline of anything. Setting alarms has helped me tremendously because sometimes you don’t even realize how much time went by! Everyone has procrastinated at least once in their lives and every time we think to ourselves, “where did the time go?!”

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Sit down and plan out your day.

Ok I lied. We’re giving 4 tips.

Yes, sometimes your memory is amazing and maybe memorizing your calendar is second nature to you, but there are so many benefits to sitting down and planning for what’s ahead.  Maybe there’s a small detail you overlooked that’s relating to something very important.

You can do this either the night before or early in the morning. I am not a morning person so planning out my day at night is not only better for my schedule, but it also allows me to plan what’s the latest I can wake up the next morning while still being productive (yaaasssss!!).

If these things are already in practice, that’s amazing. If you have any other tips that are awesome, please let us know!!