I am always the centre of peoples jokes when they realise exactly how organised I am. I’ve learnt to deal with it and regularly give some great advice to others about how to be more organised. Some take the advice well, others realise what a loser I am and that I need to get out more. I bet there are so many other people out there that get excited about the anticipated arrival of a brand new Filofax diary. Even my own Mum thinks that I am not normal. However, despite what others think, I love being organised. So it’s time to pass my ‘words of wisdom’ onto you, to help you become more organised.
Firstly, every needs some sort of a diary. It doesn’t have to be as extravagant as a £60 Filofax, any diary will do. That way you can write down your timetable, instead of clenching onto a piece of paper for the rest of the year. Just because you have a diary doesn’t mean you have to be the next Bridget Jones, pouring your heart out onto paper, just use it to remind yourself of places you need to be and when.
The next tip (which is a personal favourite of mine) is stationery. Yes, it sounds boring but when writing up essay plans or lecture notes, use highlighters or a different coloured pen to highlight any important information you may need in the future. Not only doesn’t it make everything look more interesting and pretty, it also saves you time by not having to re-read everything just to find one sentence.
I love a good and detailed list. To-do lists, shopping lists, lists of deadlines etc., it all helps me to organised my time in order to get everything done. I love it when I have done something, then I get to use my favourite pink highlighter and cross it off the list. By writing lists, you can take each point one by one, get it done and then forget about it. There is nothing worse than having too much to do, leaving you with the feeling that your head is about to explode. That is when the stress and grey hairs start to creep in, so just break everything down into manageable and achievable chunks to avoid pre-deadline stress.
Hopefully this will help you deal with the workload that the New Year has brought us, so have fun making all those lists!