Organisation….the bane of my life. Most of the time I feel more like a organised mess than just plain organised.
Organisation was never something I have been really great at and one thing that I always try my absolute hardest to be good at. Definitely an ongoing task, challenge, just general life goal for me! But crikey it does half feel like a mission most of the time. When I’m organised I feel like I have my sh*t together, when things are disorganised or messy I just feel all over the place.
Since my adult years I have actually enjoyed the whole organising my life, tidying, getting ducks in a row process, but find that most of the time it is also a major procrastination point, an excuse to break up the day.
I used to think if there would ever be a point I would get to to of being organised enough that I wouldn’t need to do it anymore? I quickly began to realised that it was always be a constant daily thing to maintain. Although if anyone has any advice on how to streamline organisation I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
I thought I would share in the meantime some ways that I keep organised with just general life
and running a business to make sure I am on top of things rather than clueless as to what’s going on, double booking myself on personal arrangements and feeling like I have some order and plan as to what’s going on.
Organisation // Personal
*I live by my Google Calendar! I can’t believe how long I was running a paper diary for and was so anty an online calendar. For me it’s great, it is super easy to add appointments and reminders to my calendar and then to view it in such an easy format. Although I LOVE stationery, buying a yearly diary was just a bit of a pain, especially when my work calendar can run a year or two in advance – having an online calendar was a great option and I can’t believe I didn’t change over sooner.
Another major plus point to having an online calendar is that I can share it with my boyfriend. We can both see what the other has planned in the diary if we are trying to fit in some time for us or a family event, we can see if we already have something booked in rather than trying to make sure we sit down and go through the diaries together.
*Now I love a to do list – I used to have notebooks just for to-do lists….and loose bits of A4 paper with daily to-do lists, combined with random Post-It notes with to-do lists on them….an organised mess? I really utilise the Reminder App on my phone for personal to do list. Whether that be for food shopping, general errands and wedding planning too! It’s great as it’s a super simple list format which you can tick off as you go.
*I am not a massive fan of cleaning the house, but it’s got be done so no point moaning about it! I find I gravitate towards certain days doing certain household/cleaning tasks. A deep clean of the bathroom and kitchen once a week, maintaining them both everyday. Sunday morning is usually when I do more of a couple of hours in one go, just general tidying up, hoovering, bulk washing etc. I try and keep a tidy office all the time, I am one of these people that I don’t feel I can get on with any of my work if the house is messy!
Organisation // Business
*Notebooks! You may have seen a bit of a pattern…see above and a variety of other posts through this blog…but I love notebook, stationery, any prettiness I can make some form of notes or lists in. I think it is becoming a problem! I now try and keep to having just one notebook on the go at any one and have streamlined this massively. So I run one notebook (currently A4) at a time and I use the indexing system from the Bullet Journal to keep it all organised and easily accessible. I love that all my current notes, ideas, projects, brainstorms are all in one place. I use it mainly to map out my monthly plans and goals, I just still just love pen to paper planning!
*In conjunction with this I use an amazing programme called Asana
. If you haven’t heard of Asana, oh my goodness you are missing out! It is a fantastic easy to use online programme to help out mapping projects, tasks, sub tasks and to-do’s. It make it super easy to communicate with your team and assign tasks. But even if you are just a solopreneur, it is a fantastic tool to keep yourself super organised, assign yourself tasks which work for great reminders. Keep all your notes and progress in one place. I think from a behind the scenes stand point, it has transformed my business!
*Studio Ninja, is life! My main business and job is as a wedding photographer, and Studio Ninja is an incredible, most user-friendly studio management software designed for photographers! Again this is another tool which I believe was one of the best investments in my business and has been absolutely fundamental to the growth in my business this past year. It keeps me really organised when it comes to client communication and making sure all the moving parts of my business when it comes to clients and their upcoming weddings, branding projects and enquiries completely in check. I can’t recommend this enough. I have tried a few other Studio Management softwares, or CRM databases and I think this far exceeds the rest on the market.
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I hope you found this article helpful on the few little things I do to try and keep my life and business organised and ticking along. However, I am always keen to find out more about organisation and how to streamline, so please drop me a comment below, I would love to hear from you.