How do I organize myself?

Hello, my pretties! How are you all doing? Well, I hope! I’ve doing well enough! It’s been a busy week, but I’m alive, kicking and still blogging, so I guess everything’s okay!

Organization. I have been reading so much about it lately. There’s always a new and better organization hack we should all be doing, a new trend we should all be following, etc etc.

As someone who has to live with anxiety and loves patterns, I need order as much as I need oxygen. When I let chaos take over, I become paralyzed and unhappy, so I need to keep myself organized. And here is how I do it:

Checklist – things that have to be done every day (work reports, exercise, etc etc) go on top of my planner (yes, a paper one) as  a daily checklist. Not everything in there is done in the morning, but they’re the most important items. Some items vary, such as laundry (once a week) and taking out the trash (every other day), but if it’s a part of that day, it goes on the checklist.

Other tasks – whatever else has to or should be done but is not on the main checklist goes in the planner after the list and gets crossed out as it’s done. If something can’t be done, it goes into the next free slot (not necessarily the next day).

Limits – I’m one of those people who, if allowed, will fill the planner to the brim and still write where I’m not supposed to, so I have now put a soft limit on only filling my planner up to 2 pm (I don’t really do things by the exact times, so it’s a space measurement) and a hard limit up to 6 pm. Whatever can’t fit there, has to go to another free slot. It helps me keep sane and allows me some space for general notes, like a phone number or something that has crossed my mind.

Mobile tasks – These are the ones that can be done any day, any time. They’re usually moved around to the weekend or any other day off and tackled whenever possible, since they’re not urgent.

Habits (like working out and writing every day) go into the main checklist so I won’t stop doing them.

Food intake (as I’m watching my calories) goes on the bottom of the planner so I can keep track, but I’m hardly overly attached or prone to beating myself up over what I eat. It’s more so I can know what I tend to eat more of in which days, and adjust my shopping list according.

Well, I guess that’s it. That’s pretty much how I keep track of everything. My days are pretty uneventful, and I work from home from 8:30 to 6, Monday through Friday, so not a lot changes on my work days. Weekends are less structured, but grocery shopping and lunch still happen every Saturday, with the rest of the time free for leisure or devoted to other tasks, like cleaning or laundry. I know, I’m boring.

I think it’s time for me to stop going on about such a mundane subject, isn’t it?

So now it’s your turn to speak! How do you organize your life!

Share it with me in the comments!

See you all on the next post!

13 thoughts on “How do I organize myself?”

  1. I’m not as organised. I thrive in chaos :) I think, this is from having to do too much planning at work (project management…) But yes, I have some to-do lists to improve my memory. And the medical appointments and literary events and birthdays are marked in my phone calendar. I call it my ball dancebook. :)

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    1. A ball dancebook sounds like a really great name for a calendar! And I can live in chaos, but it drives me nuts, so I need the order to keep myself from trying to do everything at once. :D

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  2. I’m a list maker. I’m also a ‘place for everything and everything in its place’ kinda gal. Doesn’t mean I’m really tidy or efficient, but I like to be able to find things quickly or find the easiest way to achieve something. I like ‘systems’. If something in my daily routine isn’t working, I find a way to put it right. Now, where did I leave that list……. 😉

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    1. Hah, see, I knew I liked you as soon as I started reading your blog. I’m pretty much like this as well. I’m not the tidiest person ever, but there’s a method to the madness. I’m lucky enough that my list is on my planner, otherwise I’d definitely lose it. >.>

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  3. You seem extremely organized. I pretty much live by my calendars (a huge one on the wall and a smaller desk one). I also schedule my ‘work days’ down to the minute (morning chores, walk the dog, workout, breakfast, and so on)
    The only problem with being so anal is that if my schedule gets thrown off, I have a hard time coping.

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    1. You sound a lot like me. I think I’d probably lose my shit if I ever lost my planner. And I feel you so much there. I have a really hard time forcing myself to understand that sometimes things don’t go according to plan. It’s getting less terrible as I get older, but I don’t think it’ll ever get easier.

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