five essentials : on staying organized

If you know me well, you would know that I am obsessively organized. Organized is an understatement of what I go through to keep myself sane. Not only do I battle an extremely busy day-to-day schedule, but I keep up with a blog. It’s challenging, but anyone can honestly do it. I tend to have a seamless week with the help of a few organization tools and tips I’ve picked up.
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Pick one day a week where you give yourself some time to relax and organize all you have to get done. I usually make a list of all I have to get done during the week every Sunday, then designate a particular goal or task to each day of the week. Spacing out tasks make things easier and prevents buildup. Also, it may help to organize your tasks based on location. Sometimes you can kill two birds with one stone is you’re out getting groceries and need to pick up a prescription. 
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The magic three. I usually give myself three big tasks or goals to do on a certain day and then let the rest of my day work around it. Don’t go over three and don’t stay under three, three is a good number to stick to. You won’t regret it when it’s Thursday and the rest of the week is already look empty [especially the weekend]!
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Have a planner tool. I use a Moleskin planner to plan out my meetings, assignments and regular tasks. For me, it’s easier to look at a week as a whole in a written agenda. For you tech-savvy friends, I would suggest the any.DO application. It’s sleek, clean and has an organized interface.

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I think most people’s biggest struggle, and it was mine for a long time, is trying to get too many tasks done at once. Focusing on one task means you will get it done efficiently and effectively. It will also take you less time if you’re focused on one thing at a time. 
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Simplify your life. I know this sounds a bit vague, but it really helps. Learn to say no if you have too much going on. I try to limit myself to three parties/events a week. Those are what really ends up slowing you down. Make use of some of your down time by picking out outfits for work. Then, just relax. You will be most productive if you are well-slept.
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I’m no connoisseur of organization since I’m always looking for tips.
Leave yours in the comments!
  • Meghen Matta

    Um, very helpful advice! I always went with the “get one major task done a day” and sometimes it would end up wasting the rest of my day. Three is a good number, I am going to have to try that out! You’re constant work ethic, success, and drive have also inspired me to go through with my grad application to Durham 🙂
    <3

    • Thank you so much, that is so meaningful to me 🙂 I’m sure you will get into Durham and we can frolic in the UK together!

  • Meghen Matta

    Um, very helpful advice! I always went with the “get one major task done a day” and sometimes it would end up wasting the rest of my day. Three is a good number, I am going to have to try that out! You're constant work ethic, success, and drive have also inspired me to go through with my grad application to Durham 🙂
    <3

  • Joy | Frock Files

    Oh, I’m a big fan of the “magic three” rule. It’s kind of incredible, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get much more than that done! Although sometimes ONE of those three things involves a bunch of sub-tasks, and knocking all of those out at once is satisfying. Since it’s summertime I’m definitely on board with simplifying. I’m trying to finish working by 7pm at the latest so I can spend more time reading, hanging out with James, and actually enjoying the warmth outside.

    • Oh sub-tasks can get tricky… but the magic 3 help me get through the week. I hate a lingering to do list over the weekend.

  • Joy | Frock Files

    Oh, I'm a big fan of the “magic three” rule. It's kind of incredible, but there just aren't enough hours in the day to get much more than that done! Although sometimes ONE of those three things involves a bunch of sub-tasks, and knocking all of those out at once is satisfying. Since it's summertime I'm definitely on board with simplifying. I'm trying to finish working by 7pm at the latest so I can spend more time reading, hanging out with James, and actually enjoying the warmth outside.

  • Thank you so much, that is so meaningful to me 🙂 I'm sure you will get into Durham and we can frolic in the UK together!

  • Oh sub-tasks can get tricky… but the magic 3 help me get through the week. I hate a lingering to do list over the weekend.