Hello bookworms and welcome back to my blog, on this fabulous Monday! By now, you must already know, today I am doing one of my original features known as Monday Musings, and today I will be discussing with you all the topic of organization.
I’m an organisation nut. I’m crazy about it. If you follow me on Snapchat (my username is josierainbowelf if you were wondering), and if you know me quite well, you would definitely know how crazy I am about organization. I love to plan things: how my day will go, tasks I need to complete, how my week will run, what blog posts I need to do for the week, and I even love organizing my home and my belongings.
I believe that organization, and being organized is important. Especially if you’re a flighty kind of person that tends to forget things easily (guilty, as charged). Being an organized person, and having an organized life is, I believe, extremely beneficial, in many ways. Not only does it allow you to be a slightly more stress-free person, it can also help with making aspects of your life more efficient.
Now, maybe you’re thinking, staying organized all the time is a lot of effort, or maybe you’re thinking that being organized and the methods of organization are boring. I don’t know if it’s just my crazy obsession with it, or what, but organization can be extremely fun. Keep reading, and I’ll tell you all the great things that come with being an organized person, and how it is not a boring task in the slightest, IF you know how to do it in a way that won’t bore you to tears.
Get ready to stress less!
Doing things such as planning your day, your week, your month… However you like to do it, will really help relieve any background stress that can sometimes run through your head. Writing down tasks that need doing and events that you need to go to means you have less things that you have to consciously remember, therefore meaning, less clutter in your mind.
It’s one of the reasons people write in diaries. Dumping all your thoughts down in words on a piece of paper is like dropping your heavy school bag on the floor when you get home from school. Bliss.
Unleash your inner artist
If you’ve seen ‘studyblrs’ on Tumblr, you’ll understand what I mean. Organization isn’t simply about writing things down, or keeping things neatly tucked away in their own designated spots. There are no limits to how you can organize, so why not do it creatively?
With everything from bullet journals, to planners, DIY organizational tools and equipment for your home, etc. Just take a look on Pinterest and BEHOLD THE WONDERS OF CREATIVE ORGANIZATION. There is an entire website dedicated to bullet journalling. I bet you didn’t know that! There’s even online shops wholly dedicated to planners and organization, such as Erin Condren.
What methods are there to becoming an organized human being? I’m glad you asked:
There are endless ways you can go to be an organized human. To be completely honest, despite my extreme obsession, I’m definitely not consistently an organized person. I’m very forgetful and I tend to sometimes not stick with my organizational routine. I know that it can be a tedious task at times, but there are definitely ways that make being organized fun.
This is something I only recently discovered, thanks to the beautiful website, Tumblr. I recently started going on a frenzy of following studyblrs which are basically Tumblr blogs that post pictures of their study spaces and set ups when they study, for motivation. (How ironic, since I graduated high school just recently).
But one of the things I found which caught my eye was bullet journals. They’re probably the simplest, minimalist and creative ways of being organised and keeping tracks of tasks, events, deadlines, whatever you need to organise really. It’s simple really. The name speaks for itself. A bullet journal is basically your planner, created by YOU, using bullet points, such as the one above. Why is a bullet journal great?
- You can do crazy-creative things with a bullet journal; just take a look on Tumblr, or search up images on Google! It’s a creative outlet!
- It’s so simple and easy to use
- You can create it in a way that suits exactly YOUR NEEDS
If you want to find out more about bullet journalling, check out the official bullet journal website, by clicking here.
Planners. I’m quite sure you all know what these are. The picture above is an image of the Erin Condren planner which is beautiful and amazing. Planners are the traditional way of being organized. Usually you have a monthly spread/layout, and then a more elaborate weekly spread, where you can add all info of tasks and events for each singular day. Something I love about the Erin Condren planner that is different from others is that is uses a ‘morning’, ‘day’ and ‘night’ format, and uses blank space instead of lines. FABULOUS I TELL YOU.
For those of you who like to have everything set up for you already, a planner is great. I personally don’t like the conventional planners that use specific times, which is probably why I adore the Erin Condren planner so much. However, these planners can be very expensive. Which led me to create my own planner on Word. It’s so simple and easy to create your own planner using shapes on Microsoft Word, and then printing it off on thick paper and placing it in a binder. It was a method of mine for a very long time, during school.
Why are planners so great?
- There are so many different ones out there; ones that you can buy, like the Erin Condren, or ones that you can get for free online (these are known as printables)
- Its all set up for you; for all you lazy humans out there (once again, guilty as charged)
- THEY COME WITH CUTE STICKERS; which you can buy from all over the place – Etsy tend to have some adorable stickers for planners.
- It is also extremely easy to go crazy with your creative side when using planners – just have a look at YouTubers who have planners/videos on their planners, they’re intense
Now these methods I just mentioned are only touching on the surface, but these are some of the best organization tools that can be applied to all areas of your life (theoretically, at least). I can’t say that I’m a huge expert on physical organization, but that is definitely a topic of discussion for another time, perhaps.
I hope to have converted you into the art of being organized. Honestly, if you’re still not convinced, go take a look at Tumblr, go watch some planner/organizational videos on YouTube and get your inspiration fired up!
I assure you, not only will being more organized help declutter your mind and your space, it can ignite your creative juices and, if you’re stationary-obsessed (like me), you have an excuse to spend a ridiculous amount of money on pens.