I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the most organised person out there – probably one of the least. In fact, I’m late for almost everything, I leave every assignment until the last minute, and I sure as hell won’t remember to upload this blog on time. But like many others, alongside saving more money and renewing my gym membership, getting organised is on the top of my resolutions list – would you believe it?
This weekend is my last before the next University term begins. Read on for some of my tips to stay focused during the semester.
GET A DIARY
A diary was at the very top of my Christmas list this year. It is the easiest and most efficient way of taking a permanent note of appointments, work deadlines, or even just little notes-to-self. This one (pictured below) is from Homesense (Go Stationary London). My ideal diary comes with plenty of space to write in for each day of the week (which, of course, this one does). It also includes a note section, an A-Z address book, a birthday section, a website page, AND a conversions page! What more could you possibly ask for? To be honest, I have had diaries in the past but I haven’t remembered to keep up with them for longer than a month – I’m a changed woman this year, I’m telling ya!
GET A MAGAZINE FILE
Before getting one of these, my documents became abandoned at the top of my wardrobe or under my bed. Now everything stays in one place. Besides, it’s a pretty addition to a bedroom or office. This gold one is from Homesense.
GET A DAILY JOURNAL
Although this isn’t as essential as a diary, it’s a convenient notebook to have to the side. There isn’t so much pressure to check it daily and I can use it to write pretty much anything I like. A journal is something, unlike a diary, which I enjoy keeping up with. They’re great to look back on for the small things that you may not otherwise remember. In my journal, I take note of things like my puppy’s progress, descriptions of any trips I take, and even just a moan about a miserable day I’ve had (even if I just want to rip it out later). The point is, I’m in control of what goes in and what doesn’t. When I saw this one in Urban Outfitters (ON SALE!) I had to pick it up. It also comes in a black and white marble.
TAKE TIME OUT AND BOOK A HOLIDAY
I am the BIGGEST advocate of time-out. If I focus too hard on one topic for more than an hour I become crazy. So yes, I take that nap when I want too and I’ll stop for that cup of tea. Although, I’m one-hundred percent guilty of milking that 2-minute scroll through Instagram into a 2 hour inspection of Twitter, Facebook and Youtube – so be vigilant. I also find having something to look forward to helps me stay motivated. Like most students, however, I’m on a mega budget. I find going through Airbnb is the best option – but of course, do check hotel prices as you’ll sometimes find yourself paying more on Airbnb in the end (you are often charged extra for cleaning and service fees).
FIND YOUR BEST SKIN CARE ROUTINE AND STICK TOO IT
Another request on my Santa list this year was a re-stock of my favourite skin-care products. There is nothing more refreshing than clean skin – basically, when my skin is happy, I’m happy. If you go to bed with make-up on I am undeniably judging you through my screen. In the morning, I stick to the bare minimum of a cleanser and a moisturiser. In the evening, I will remove my make-up with the Garnier Micellar Water, cleanse with the Emma Hardy cleansing balm, tone with the Dr. Hauschka facial toner, and then moisturise with the Arbonne gentle daily moisturiser (which is all natural, vegan, cruelty free and has lasted me since March 2017 FYI!)
REVAMP YOUR CLOSET
The first thing I did this year was begin a closet clear-out. There is no better feeling than a tidy wardrobe. Don’t be a hoarder, you are never going to wear that sweater again!
I hope you found these tips helpful. They may seem pretty obvious but how many have you actually committed too so far?