How to Stay Organized

In this post I will be talking about the ways in which I try to stay organized in my everyday life. I chose this topic to write about because I ran a poll on my Twitter, and the winning option was a post on how I stay organized (as seen below). Be sure to go and follow it because I will be hosting more polls on which blog posts you’d like to see me post! Now, onto the topic of the day…..

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When talking about staying organized, I will focus more on staying organized from an academic perspective, as I am currently a university student. Of course, some of these tips can also apply to your everyday life, if you’re interested in that.

First and foremost, have some sort of planner / calendar / to-do list, or even a combination of all these things. You will be able to keep a running record of what you need to get done for that day or week, and it will give you an overview of your plan of action. In this way, you won’t forget something important that needs to get done. Hold yourself accountable when you can’t complete your to-do list and reflect on the reason(s) as to why you were not able to complete everything on that list.

Keeping a planner is all good, but try your best not to over-plan. I’m guilty of doing this! I am always over-ambitious when I’m writing my to-do list in my agenda, and in the end, when I haven’t done some of the things in my planner, I feel quite annoyed! Recently, I have begun to write two or three realistic things that need to get done in a day, and when I get them done I feel incredibly accomplished. 

To be quite honest, staying organized in all that you do will pay dividends when it comes time to review your notes for tests or exams. If you have been diligently attending lectures and taking notes, then you are able to go one step further and organize these notes into designated folders on your computer or into binders. This will ensure all your notes are kept in one location and you do not need to go scrambling last minute to get your study notes together. See the picture below which shows a little overview of how I organize all of my lecture and reading notes.

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Finally, I find that having cute stationary (i.e. pens, sticky notes, highlighters, erasers, pencils, etc.) and notebooks keeps me motivated and interested in whatever it is that I’m doing. My favourite store to purchase stationary would have to be Muji! I find Muji to be reasonably priced with top quality items. I did a mini-haul the other day, and my purchases can be seen in the picture below.

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I truly hope these tips helped you in some way! All the pictures in this post were taken by yours truly! What is a method that you use to stay organized? Please feel free to comment your tips below, I’d love to hear them 🙂 

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Hi there, I'm El! I am currently in university studying history and criminology. I absolutely love coffee, photography, blogging, hiking, and reading. I take a lot of pride in ensuring my blog is of high quality and that the content is something that people will genuinely enjoy reading. Please leave a comment on any one of my posts, I truly appreciate it!

15 thoughts on “How to Stay Organized”

  1. I think my favourite part of this was the stationary… I’m so good at that part of organisation cos I love all the pretty things but man I’m so bad at every other part 😅 This post made it sound so doable tho!!
    Xx

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  2. I like to stay organised but I try and keep it all in my head, so I really think I should follow your tips especially with the stationary to stay organised!

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    1. You should definitely give it a go! Of course, everyone has their own way of staying organized, but trying something new may help quite a bit 🙂
      Let me know how it goes!

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  3. I have a planner but I never really use it. I guess cute stationery would help ahah I love cute stationery! I have been really organized lately so all good for me! xx corinne

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  4. I’m the kind of person who LOVES to buy stationary, but ends up using an old notebook and a pen that barely has any ink left.
    However I’ll try to get more organized, using your tips. Hopefuly it’ll work this time, othervise I’m afraid I’ll lose my head one day.

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  5. I see myself as being pretty organised and am always on the lookout for new tips, loved your article, especially the part of ‘over-planning’ as I am guilty of this too!

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