*This post contains affiliate links. My customised diary was part-gifted.
If you see my workspace, you’ll know straight away I’m an organised chaos kind of person. While I am slowly doing my best to declutter and start letting go of unimportant material possessions, I am insanely far from being a minimalist or having a Pinterest worthy space (and side note: I’m totally OK with that). Just like life itself, my desk and my mind can get a little messy at times. None of this stops me from banging out work to a deadline or remembering important things, but I do have to work at staying organised so that I have more time to focus on being creative and kicking butt at all the things I chose to do.
As we get closer and closer to the end of the year. I thought I’d share my top ideas for staying organised for 2018 as both a reminder to myself and to help out anyone else who is juggling a hectic life.
- Write it down
Writing down things you need to do serves a dual purpose – firstly it keeps the thing visible and the front of your mind, so you won’t forget it and can schedule it appropriately. Secondly, it creates a sense of satisfaction when you get to mark that thing as done. In fact, I totally give you permission to add things you’ve already done to your lists, just so you can cross them off! I am 100% old-school in that I like to write my notes, lists, thoughts and scribbles on actual paper, but there are loads of good organisational apps if you’d prefer to take things digital.
- Use a diary
When you work to varying deadlines, for different clients, and have numerous projects underway, there is nothing more important than a diary. It’s the only way I know for sure that I won’t forget about a social event, double-book myself for work or make a commitment that I can’t keep. Next year I’ll be using a personalised diary from Bullet Planner. It’s got all the best bits of a bullet journal with all the hassle taken out – because it already looks amazing and has all the pages I need, I can get straight on with using it. It’s got weekly, monthly and yearly calendars, as well as pages to track all the different aspects of life – habit trackers, holiday planners, sections for goals, books to read and favourite recipes, and lots of other features designed to motivate and inspire. I completely customised my planner, and I can’t wait to start showing it off.
- Schedule in down-time
No one wants to look at a boring diary that is chock full of deadlines, places to be and never-ending to do lists. Make sure you pencil in some ‘me time’ so that you don’t get burned out – and stick to it! Whether that’s heading to the gym for a group class, squeezing in a nap, meditating, having a Netflix binge or reading a book, make sure you make time for it. I can’t stress how important this is!
- Create a workspace that works
Whatever your style, make sure your work space reflects your personality. For me, it means a bit of clutter, tonnes of pens and notebooks within easy reach and everything I need (post its, photo light, mini whiteboard, printer paper and more) in the one place. Add some personal touches so that it’s a space you want to work in – I’ve got a couple of pretty skulls, a stuffed toy penguin that my partner won at a fair on Penguin Island, a bit of greenery, and photos of all the most important people in my life. A workspace you love, with everything you need, will help you work a lot more effectively.
- Look after your health
It’s the easiest things that are sometimes the hardest to do – getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, moving, meditating, taking vitamins, eating enough fruit and veg, flossing. When you’re stressed these basics are often the first to go, even though they’re essential for supporting your mind and body through busy periods and crazy deadlines. I’ve made a commitment to myself to use the habit trackers, goals pages, cleaning checklists and reflection pages in the Bullet Planner as I strive to take even better care of my mental and physical health in 2018.
WIN A BULLET PLANNER DIARY
Thanks to Bullet Planner, I’m giving away one beautiful 2018 diary/planner. With a gorgeous Paisley design on the cover, a white spiral binder, a black and white layout that you can colour yourself and all of the same useful pages that I’ve talked about – including creative colouring in designs, shopping lists, habit trackers and space to reflect on your year – it’s got everything you need to get organised and start kicking goals in 2018.
To enter, just leave a comment bellow telling me, in 25 words or less, the first thing you would write in your new Bullet Planner diary.
If you;d love to purchase your own completely customised diary, you can do so here.
Competition terms and conditions:
- Competition is open to Australian residents aged 18+ only. By entering the competition you confirm you meet the entry requirements and accept these terms and conditions
- One entry per person per medium (blog, Facebook and Instagram, for a total of three entries per person)
- This is a game of skill. The Perth Project will pick the best response and all decisions will be final. The winning response will be based on creativity, originality, and suitability
- The prize consists of 1 x 2018 Diary from Bullet Planner, RRP $38.00
- Prize will be sent via Australia Post with a tracking number, however no responsibility will be accepted for anything that happens to the prize once posted
- Prize is not transferable
- Competition closes at midnight AWST, Sunday 3rd December 2017. Winner will be drawn and notified on Monday 4th December 2017
Competition is now closed. Congratulations to Lenny, who won via her entry on Instagram and thank you to everyone who entered.