Organising your life both mentally and physically is really important for your mental wellbeing. Sometimes, I ask myself how I can be more organised too and that's when good things happen. I'm going to show you how to stay organised and on top of things. Thank me later. ;)
I mean let's be honest, I am not organised all the time. Nobody is. This blog post is ironically a couple of days late. Sometimes we just don't know what we are doing with our lives and that's okay. However, I do feel much better when I am organised and I want to share my tips and tricks with you on how to have organised days and an organised life in general.
Being organised does not equal NOT being spontaneous, the one doesn't exclude the other. It doesn't mean being boring, or being an "adult", or doing work constantly. It means the opposite: allowing yourself to have free time, and a lot of it if you are organised and productive! Organisation means to me personally keeping a diary, a journal and a to do list. Writing, writing, writing is my way of keeping on top of things. I talked about keeping a journal in my previous post which I highly recommend if you want to know how to keep a journal successfully.
To Do Lists
A to do list needs to be exactly that: ONE SINGLE list. Don't keep more than one for the day. To do lists are great because you can write what you want to do every day and that way you can keep organised. However, don't cram your list with 10 things. The way I do it is to have 3 major things to do for one day, and then you can have 2-3 smaller ones, if they really don't take more than 15 minutes.
Also, include in your to do list that you will take at least 1 hour to yourself every day. It is so important to take time off, and really not to do anything that you "need" to be doing but just things you do for fun and for yourself. Our bodies and minds need breaks and a lot of love and self-care. Give your body and mind exactly that.
You can keep a long to do list somewhere with things that you need to do at some point. In order to not feel too overwhelmed and think about things you need to do constantly, it helps to have a BIG to do list with things you need to do within this month, this year, at some point. Rate the importance and urgency of these tasks and add them to your daily to do lists when you have the time to fit them in.
Tasks that take 5-15 minutes but that you always drag with you without ever doing them, like writing that one annoying email, or sorting out your wardrobe, cleaning the kitchen sink, and so on, should be done at the beginning of your day when you feel the most energised.
Dedicate every day a little time for yourself. This could be taking a bath, doing a hobby, watching a movie, reading a book, face mask times, yoga, meditation, and just whatever makes you feel loved and cared for. Take at least 1 hour, but ideally longer.
Keep your home clean and tidy
Your environment is a reflection of yourself and vice versa. Do your best to clean and tidy your home. One method that could work for you is to set yourself a 15 minutes timer each day and just clean and tidy as much as possible. That way, you will always clean a little bit and not be overwhelmed at the end of the week when you need to do a deep clean. I am still preaching this to myself because it's still not totally ingrained in my mind. But hey, life's a journey, right? And I'm the driver of my own sustainable vehicle, taking lessons with me that fuel my vehicle. Maybe I'll stop here. Let's head over to my next point.
Don't work more than 25 minutes at a time. It is proven that we can only focus as much as 25 minutes at the time. Then, we need a 5 minute break. That's how you can work efficiently without feeling burnt out. I use an app called Focus that I really love. It's the Pomodoro method, invented in the late 80s. Pomodoro means tomato in Italian, hope this makes you smile. This is how it works: you do 4x25 minutes with a 5 minute break between each session, and after the 4th 25 minute work chunk you take 15 minutes - 30 minutes to relax. Then, you can repeat the 4x25 minute work time.
What I love doing, especially when I'm working on my laptop, is to walk away from my laptop and go to a different room. I make myself some tea, go to the bathroom, tidy a bit, read my book, or meditate. It's important to use that time to walk away from where you are sitting. And ideally, not take other electrical devices instead.
So there are my tips and tricks to be organised and productive without feeling overwhelmed. This is all very personal to me and does not mean that you will function exactly the same. Some of these tips might be useful to you, others you might try and think what the hell, this doesn't work at all. Just try and see. And let me know what you think about my Happiness Series so far.
Being organised makes me happy. My next topic is intuitive eating!
Much love, Viki xx
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