How I Am Organising Myself in 2018 and Tips for Staying Organised | School

January 07, 2018

Hi guys! I hope that you are all well and have had a lovely weekend.

I wanted to upload this post last week but I honestly didn't know how to start. I knew I wanted to organise myself well, but I didn't actually know how I was going to keep organised and prepared for school and blogging and stuff. If you know me, I am fairly scatterbrained- I go through phases of being on top of everything, to being on top of nothing. It's an endless cycle and I am hoping that 2018 will be the end of it.
It took me a while to create a game plan as to what I wanted to achieve and how I am going to achieve it, but I want to share my plans for 2018 and how I am going to stay organised.



I am juggling three commitments right now; school life, social life and blogging. However, sometime this year I am planning to get a job, therefore my life will be more hectic. I know that means I need to stay organised, so I thought that it is better to build up the habit now.

During the Christmas holidays I did a load of research into the best ways of keeping organised, so today I am going to share them with you. I want to keep these tips quite general, because it isn't just students who read this blog, so if you are a student and you want a more specific organisation post, please let me know!

Also, these tips mainly revolve around using a planner, as that is my main and favourite form of organisation. I would like to post in the future more tips for good organisation, but please let me know in the comments. :D

Keep A Journal/ Diary/ Organiser;

This year, I am keeping a journal and I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that I use it the entire year. Last year, I had a lovely PaperChase Planner but I didn't use it from time to time. Not only is that wasted pages, but it is also failed organisation on my part, as I was more forgetful and unorganised during those periods.
This year, I am actually using 3 planners, which is absolutely ridiculous sounding, and it is, but I want to make sure that I get everything that I need to get done completed and I really like that planners that I have.
My Marble A5 Planner is my pure school planner. I take it to classes, write down my volunteering duties and all of my extracurricular school activities. I do copy some of the stuff from it into my other planners, but it doesn't happen that often.

My Undated Planner From the Range is my general day planner. I take this with me everywhere; it contains shopping lists, homework, meetings, events, classes... everything. If I was to abandon all my other plans (which I have no plans to do anytime soon) this one would stay by my side.
My Motivational Planner is one that I got for Christmas from my sister and I DIYed a little bit to suit the purpose of it a little more. I stole the idea for this from a Youtuber, and I use it as a study session planner. In it, I write a to-do list of everything I want to get done in my frees or study sessions and I can tick it off once I am done. I am really bad at getting work done, but I am really trying to use this planner more.
I also have a little notebook for miscellaneous things which I don't think would fit into the other planners, e.g. a habit tracker, expenses tracker etc.
There are many options when it comes to planners. You can buy generic planners, like me, or customisable ones, like filofaxes and discagendas and planner binders. You can also customise a planner through planner stickers, or have a bullet journal, which is a completely custom planner which you design yourself, usually in a notebook. It isn't necessary to use a physical paper planner, though. You can use apps, like the Calendar app on your phone, if that is easier for you. Then you can get alerts when you need to do something.

Plan Out Your Week

This is really important and actually something that I am doing right now, haha. If you take the time on a Sunday or Monday to plan out the week ahead, you can be so much more organised.
On a Sunday, I go through all of my bags, my diary and my school folders and I get rid of things I don't need, store things I do need and just do some general organisation. I also try and finish any notes that I have started, any documents I need to read etc. This really clears your mind so that you can think ahead to the next week, and plan what you need to do to make that week amazing. Once I finish writing this post, I will be organising my school notes and my old class notes in my folder (if you want some more information on this, please let me know!)

Keep A Habit Tracker

I really recommend keeping a habit tracker. It is something that I have done in the past and found incredibly useful. If you don't know, a habit tracker is a document or checklist that you keep, and you write down any habits or things you want to track on a daily basis. For example, if I wanted to read 5 pages a day, I could add that to my habit tracker, to ensure that I achieved it. I would keep a note in a memorable place and tick off every day if I have read my 5 pages. Scientific studies show that it takes around 21 days to build a habit, therefore by the end of a month, if you do something every day and track, your brain should become used to it.
Habit Trackers tend to be featured a lot in Bullet Journals because of the flexibility the bullet journal allows, and it is rare for a generic journal to have a habit tracker. However, you can always make a habit tracker on a piece of paper to tuck into your planner, or to put in a memorable place.

Always Consult Your Planner

Easier said than done. I find it quite difficult to consult my planner, which is why this year I am trying to make more of an effort. The more often that you consult your planner, the better idea you will have of how your week is laid out and you can avoid procrastination and forgetting things. Try to consult your planner every day, to keep up to date with all the things that you are doing, especially if your schedule changes daily and if you are quite busy.

Reflect

I think that this is one thing that people forget to mention. Whether it is the end of the day, month or week, it's important to take the time to reflect. Take notice of things that you didn't do well at, your strengths and your weaknesses. If you do this, you know for next time what you need to focus on.

I will be using a diary to recount my week and see how it aligns to my goals for the year. This way I can see where I need to work and what I need to do.



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2 comments

  1. I'm going through this difficulty too! Being a student and a blogger is hard, especially when you want a job too! I try to get ahead of all of my work at college. People think I'm too ahead of the game but you have to be in order to keep your life less hectic!

    Sophie xx // One Unique

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  2. This has been so helpful! I'm thinking about adding a habit tracker to my bullet journal because they always seem useful and look so great! I'm hoping to get a job (or start volunteering) this year, so I'm hoping I can juggle it all too! xox

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