Sunday, 12 June 2016

How I Stay Organised




I did a post last year talking about how I juggle blogging with a full time job (here), but today I wanted to write about how I juggle everything. I'm still not the most organised person in the world, but recently I feel like I've finally got on top of juggling a full time job, my blog, renovating a house and keeping fit and healthy (mostly!). I recently had the opportunity to contribute to Pow Wow Now's Ultimate Guide to Flexible Working which is really helpful for busy bees like me and is full of tips from people in similar situations. Building on that, with a little help from the team at Pow Wow Now who sent me a lovely box of goodies to help me through the working week, here's a little lowdown of how I stay organised throughout the week: 


Work | I always make sure I have my work shifts written down in my diary because staying organised means knowing what I'm working so I can fit the rest of my life around it! I work very varied shifts so planning is key to making sure I get everything else done. Once I've got my work shifts in my diary it means I can sit down and plan my week around them. Because I plan lots of things in my diary it's good to colour code (#whatageek) and I got some coloured gel pens* from Paperchase in my goodie box that will be perfect for that!


Blog | I schedule pretty much all of my blog posts at least a week in advance. I know there are a lot of people who think that blogging should be spontaneous and not too planned, but I would barely post anything if that were the case for me! I tend to use my weekends to make sure everything is finished for the week ahead and it really puts my mind at ease knowing I've got the whole week scheduled! I keep a to do list for each post to make sure I've got everything I need in it and that I've proof read it before I've hit schedule! I used to make my blog to do lists on little post-it notes, but now I've been sent this Paperchase Notebook* I'll be keeping them in there instead (no more post-its going missing!)


House Renovation | Aside from my blog this is the only area of my life that I keep a to do list for. Sometimes I think to do lists are too much pressure (I feel like a failure if I don't get something crossed off!) so I try to make them as realistic as possible. We tend to work on the house when we've both got a free weekend so I'll make a list of the things we're hoping to get done that weekend. Lists really are my best friend when it comes to the house renovation because I also keep a log of how much we've spent, how much money we've got left and a separate log of each room!


Health and Fitness | On a weekend I sit down with my diary and plan my meals and workouts for the week ahead based around what shifts I'm working that week. I plan my meals for the week based on whether they need to be something I can take into work or cook at home and I plan my workouts for the days where I'm working the shortest shifts. Because I'm so busy it can be difficult to stay healthy as quite often I'm just after something quick and filling so I was chuffed to find some Nakd bars* in my box, as they are one of my favourite snacks and are so easy to throw in my bag for fuel throughout the day. It's also so easy to binge drink tea and coffee at work (and at home for that matter) and in a bid to drink less caffeine I've been taking my own herbal teas into work so I'm really excited to try this Jasmine Pearls tea* from Teapigs - and how cute is the little box?!

How do you stay organised throughout the week? I'd love some more tips if you have any! 

Amy x
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  1. Nakd bars are SO good right?! I literally eat them everyday, they're the best <3 Scheduling blog posts is definitely a great way to stay organised! x
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    1. They're literally one of my favourite things, I eat them everyday too! xx

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  2. I plan my work-outs for a month every start of the month and I make sure I write them in my calendar so I'll push through them!

    xx, Richel Goes Places

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    1. Ah that's so organised doing them a month in advance but so good! xx

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  3. It really is tricky trying to balance life and blogging. Writing everything down helps me keep balanced! Great post x

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    1. Writing things down is so important and helps me so much! xx

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  4. To-Do lists are daily must have in my case otherwise I am all over the place :)
    xx
    http://putitallonme.com/

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    1. I used to keep them everyday but felt like a failure if I didn't get everything crossed off! xx

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  5. This post was so handy! I like to be organised too but sometimes that's just not the case with me haha!

    X Marjolein
    www.misscocoblue.blogspot.com

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    1. I don't think anyone can be organised 100% of the time don't worry! Xx

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  6. fab post! I need to pick up some organisational tips!

    Hannah xx
    Raspberry Kitsch | UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thank you, hope this helped you a bit! Xx

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  7. I'm such a stationary girl so you had me at the pictures but I do love your tips. I'm not balancing half as much but it's still super helpful to keep me on top of blog work. Such a useful post!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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    1. You might not be balancing as much but you're definitely super busy and you seem so organised! Hope you're ok lovely xxx

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  8. Lovely post and I am totally obsessed with your dotted pens haha! :) x
    Helena - Swedish girl in Tokyo
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    1. Thank you - me too I feel like I'm back at school with gel pens! Xx

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  9. I can't live without my to-do lists, they help me stay focused and organized but, like you said, I also tend to keep them as realistic as possible because otherwise thay can became your worst enemy if you burden yourself too much! :) Your dotted pens are adorable and how cute is that little diary, I'm in love #stationaryaddict :) Have a great week! xx

    Matea
    www.smilesnapsparkle.com

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    1. I am a total stationary addict! Glad you agree about my to do lists theory! Hope you have a good week too :) xx

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  10. Great post! Omg, I am obsessed with the polka dot pens and the diary x So cute!

    www.wildfirecharm.com

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    1. Thank you! They are so cute aren't they :) xx

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  11. You sound super organised! Loved this post it's inspired me. Gemma x
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    1. Ah thank you organisation is probably the only thing I'm good at haha! xx

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  12. You're the same as me, making sure everything work related is jotted down. It's so easy to over look and forget some things!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. Yeah especially with shift work! Glad you agree! xx

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  13. I always write to do lists to stay organized ☺
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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    1. I'd be so unorganised without them and love ticking things off! xx

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  14. Staying organized is always so important for me because to be able to work everything has to be visually pleasant and I have to have everything due done. Great post!

    Have a nice day gorgeous xx

    My Vogue Style | www.myvoguestyle.com

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    1. Yeah there's nothing more satisfying than being able to tick everything off your to do list! xx

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  15. It's good to stay organised. I keep an editorial calendar, but not just for the blog. I also love creating lists digitally and that helps a lot. Thanks for sharing your great inspiration. /Madison
    Organika Style

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    1. I need to get with the times and start keeping my lists digitally but I do love a handwritten one! xx

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  16. Lovely post! This is very handy! I definitely like to be organized as well but sometimes life just gets in the way..Haha

    Face to Curls | http://facetocurls.com

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    1. Thank you - that's so true and important to not worry too much when it does! X

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  17. Oooh love these pictures!

    pinksmartiesblog.blogspot.co.uk

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