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5 Tips on How To Be More Organized

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Five Tips To Be More Organized
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Five Tips To Be More Organized

Five Tips To Be More Organized
I don't know about you, but I constantly feel like I have a never-ending list of "To Do's" and I'm trying to multitask by doing several different things at once. At work, I'm managing different projects, tasks, meetings, and oh I have day-to-day stuff that has to be done every single day. Then when I get home, I have to cook, clean, run errands, etc, etc. Then I have this little hobby of mine called RD's Obsessions, where I answer emails, handle social media, work on blog posts, and manage all the back end stuff that goes on when running a blog. I am also active with non-profit organizations and the list goes on. On top of all of that, I still have chemo brain. Honestly, I'm already exhausted explaining all of this to you haha. But I know I'm not alone. We live in a world where there is not enough time in a day to get everything we need and want to get done.

Five Tips To Be More Organized
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One thing I know that has helped me stay on task and prevented me from being overwhelmed is staying organized. Being organized has helped me prioritize and manage my time wisely. If you constantly feel like you are running around with your head spinning, being organized will help you feel accomplished, prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, and also helps you get shit done!

How to Be More Organized


Five Tips To Be More Organized

1. Sit down and write a list.

Give yourself 10 minutes (and I honestly think it won't take more than 5 minutes in reality) to write a list of ALL the things you want to get done. I usually create my list for the day first thing in the morning after I shower and settle into my desk at work. I write it all out! Also, Sunday I write down what I'd like to accomplish that week. This helps me create my daily lists.

Five Tips To Be More Organized

2. Define what can realistically be done.

After looking at your list, think about what you can realistically do in a day. Sometimes, I have to write out next to each item how long it takes to complete each task. This helps me figure out what I can actually do and what I can sacrifice. This will assist in prioritizing. Remember, there are only 24 hours in a day and you HAVE TO make time for a proper good night's sleep.
Five Tips To Be More Organized
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3. Make a schedule and create deadlines.

Now that you know your to-do list and have defined what you can do in a day, put it in a schedule. For instance, at work, I devote the first half hour to answering emails, then the next hour I devote to daily tasks I have to complete, etc. I give myself mini deadlines (or I like to call it, daily goals) so I know I am accomplishing what needs to get done. Have a meeting or want to set a time to chat with someone? Put it in a calendar. It is the only way that you will not forget and it will ensure time is dedicated to it.

4. Stick to your schedule.

I get it, there are things that will pop up that will be out of your control. Some you have to put all your attention to. But most of the time, it can wait. Follow your schedule and then get back to it. I know when I check my emails, everything appears 'urgent'. I stick to my schedule anyway. If I get distracted by every email that comes through, I will never get anything done. It's okay to get off track here and there to handle TRULY urgent matters, but you don't want to get knocked off your schedule constantly. Remember when I said I dedicate time to answer emails in #3? That's how that gets handled!
Five Tips To Be More Organized

5. Buy a planner.

Want to know how Steps 1 through 4 can get done? By getting a planner! Writing it out and visually seeing what has to be done helps you become more organized and productive. Plus, you will not forget it. I have chemo brain, so I feel like I am always forgetting things. So I write down a lot of my to-do's. If you're on the hunt for a new planner, I recommend the Erin Condren Life Planner™.

Not sure if you remember, but last month I attended an event at Dylan's Candy Bar hosted by Erin Condren and shared it on Instagram. If you've never been to Dylan's Candy Bar, I highly recommend it! The cocktails are amazing and the food is delicious! Plus, it is a candy store so it will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth nostalgia. If you have kids, they would be in heaven. So basically it is a win for a family haha! I was introduced to all the features of the Erin Condren Life Planner™ at this event.

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Why Erin Condren Life Planner


One of my favorite features is that their planners are customizable. If you know me, you know I love to customize! I love it when things feel special and made just for you! They have a large selection of different covers, and within those covers you can select different color options, different bindings, etc. The options are endless! It can be personalized, so of course I added my name on the front cover. But you can also use your initials, monogram, or even your blog's (or business') name. It's totally up to you!

The Erin Condren Life Planner is made for you. So all these fun features can be tailored to your personality. Another cool feature, is that the covers are interchangeable! So if you decided you no longer liked your current cover and/or wanted to switch it up based on different seasons, you totally can! How fun is that! I know I am always changing my mind, so it's great for someone like me haha.

No joke, this planner makes organizing more fun. The layout is great to follow and fits any lifestyle and it actually makes me feel better about my chemo brain. I know it sounds silly, but when your mind is foggy everything can be overwhelming. So having my planner makes it easier.

With that said, I highly recommend trying it out! You can get 15% off your planner. Just make sure you are using the promo code 'GETSOCIAL15'. You won't regret it! If you do get one, let me know what you think and how you personalized and customized it! I'm a stationary junkie, so I love hearing this kind of stuff haha!

Five Tips To Be More Organized

Five Tips To Be More Organized

xo RD




100 comments:

  1. Hi Rach,

    I think that being realistic and getting a planner is the best. Since I had Chloe-Sofia, I find it hard to remain organized since you never know what will happen once you have a baby. :-)
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    Miri
    http://currentlywearing.com

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  2. Sticking to what you've written especially to your schedule is the most effective way to be productive and organized :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  3. Such great tips! They make the best planners!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  4. I totally need to scoop up one of these planners!

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  5. How lovely is that planner?! Love the design. I write out a schedule for myself every week so that I know what I should be doing when - I find it so helpful x

    LuxeStyle

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    1. I love it and love that the covers are interchangeable!

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  6. That planner looks amazing! I'm currently on the hunt for a good one :)

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  7. It is so hard to stay organized but I find that color coding my emails and having a detailed calendar is very helpful!
    xo Jessica
    www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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    1. I do that too! Plus, it makes more fun!

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  8. I love the color you choose! I've heard great things about the EC planners and those stickers look so helpful!

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    1. Thank you Nicole! I highly recommend them!

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  9. Great tips! I don't know what I'd do without my planner haha!

    Love, Lindsey
    http://www.thenomisniche.com/

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  10. Rach,
    Your planner is adorable! I love the print! It is so helpful to write lists and stick to what can actually be done! Love the advice!

    xoxo,
    Vanessa
    www.whatwouldvwear.com

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  11. I can't live without my EC planner. It literally goes everywhere with me. I kind of wish she would come out with personal sized ones.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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    1. Same! I bring mine everywhere! That would be nice too!

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  12. I used to write everything in my planner during school. Now that I graduated, I sort of stopped. But I definitely need to go back to it! it was so helpful

    Enclothed Cognition

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  13. I make plans but then sticking to that plan is where I miss. Ahh things that look easy are the hard ones to achieve!
    Vaishali
    http://www.vivaciouswish.com/

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    1. It's so true! Hopefully you can stick to it this time!

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  14. I love staying organized!!! I use my planner all day everyday lol!

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  15. I am SUCH a goal and list maker. Even if I don't look back on my lists, just being able to get thought down onto paper can make such a difference for me. This planner looks super fun too (I personally am a die-hard Moleskin fan)!

    xx Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

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    1. Me too Pia! I heard great things about Moleskin ones!

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  16. These are some seriously good tips! I teach high school and TRY and TRY to teach my students the benefits of using planners. Most of them don't believe me ;)

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    1. Oh high schoolers! They will eventually get it!

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  17. Totally loving this post babe! I can always use more ways to be organized as blogging life consists of being majorly organized lol. Totally obsessing over the planner to just clicked the link to check it out =)

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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  18. Love love love this post!!! I need to get my life organized right now - definitely need to start making some lists, I know that would help so much!

    Laura
    Black Coffee Beautiful

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  19. I love working with a cute planner like yours! I find that what works for me best is to create a schedule and set a deadline for each task. The deadlines are important so you won't slack off until the tasks overlap!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  20. I can't tell you how much I needed this article right now! Thanks Rach :)

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    1. Aw thanks Kasey! I hope it helps you!

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  21. This is such a cute planner. I love it Rach.
    http://www.easys-tyle.com/

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  22. ok i need this right now! i'm so unorganized and all over the place! thanks for sharing!

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  23. I am obsessed with my Erin Condren planner and teacher plan book! They are perfect for keeping me organized all year long. It doesn't hurt that they are SO cute too!

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    1. Right?! I think the cuteness makes it 'fun' to stay organized haha.

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  24. This is a blogpost for me! Haha. Thanks for sharing your tips

    Xx,

    || FLOORTJELOVES ||

    www.floortjeloves.com
    www.bloglovin.com/blogs/floortjeloves-12198253

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  25. That planner looks awesome, I need one hehe. Thank you so much for your kind words, it helps so much, my dad has chemo brain now too and its hard to communicate with him right now...

    I will be updating everyone on whats been happening on my blog soon mwah xx


    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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    1. I hope you end up getting one! I'm sure it's taught, but stay strong for him and be patient. Sending positive vibes your way!

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  26. Such a great tips!! Thanks for sharing!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS & HOLLYWOOD!

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  27. que genial, con lo difícil que es organizarse una misma

    @andreeacarro www.andreeacarro.com

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  28. Love these tips babe! xx

    www.fromluxewithlove.com
    www.bloglovin.com/blogs/from-luxe-with-love-14590195

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  29. You tapped into my telepathy!
    Thanks SO much for sharing this xo

    http://mojitosandmanolos.blogspot.ca/

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  30. So useweful tips!
    Hope we can follow each other :))
    https://www.instagram.com/isidora_arodisi/
    http://highheelpoodl.blogspot.rs/2017/07/top-5-off-shoulder-dresses.html

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  31. I write lists everyday! Love your planner xo

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    1. It is the only way I can remember things haha!

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  32. Those planners are my absolute favorite!! I need to get one for 2018 soon!

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    1. Thank you Ashley! I highly recommend Erin Condren!

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  33. I love my Erin Condren! I actually grabbed the one from Amazon, it's the hardbound one. I like that there's more room. I write so big that I run out of room! I love the cover of the one you got.

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    1. Oo I didn't know they come in hardbound! Thanks Laura!

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  34. These are fantastic tips! I LOVE making lists, but weirdly, I tend to forget about making them when I'm the most stressed out/busy. I'm definitely going to make a schedule for this coming school year because it'll be my first year blogging and teaching!
    And as a teacher, I'm always on the hunt for a better planner, I'll definitely be checking this one out!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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    1. Hopefully it works out and you like the planner!

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  35. I don't own anything by Erin Condren, but I do have a blog notebook that is basically my entire life, lol. It keeps me organized.

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    1. Organization just makes things a lot easier!

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  36. cute planner and so many great tips!! <3

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  37. Realistic is the correct work. This post came at the right time girlll. Thanks for the lovely tips. Helps a lot!

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. There is some great tips here, which I try to keep in mind as I'm so unorganized :D

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  39. I'm obsessed with being organized- so I am so down for this post! :)

    Happy Thursday, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Yay I'm not the only one haha! Thanks Ashley!

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  40. I'm such a huge Erin Condren fan! Their Life Planner is a MUST for organization! Love this post.

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  41. I have a planner! I have a tons of to do lists! An still wondering where I did wrong! Thanks for the tips! Follow!

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  42. This is so helpful! I struggle with this on the daily! I really love the tips and planner!
    xo Debbie | www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

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    1. Thank you Debbie! Glad I was able to help!

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  43. Such great tips! I can't function without my planner, and I am the queen of to-do lists!

    -Tristan

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  44. i am so NOT organized and need to be!!!

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  45. Erin Condren is such a game changer!

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  46. I couldn't agree more that having a fun and super functional planner is so important to staying productive and on-top of your to-do's!

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  47. I've heard such great things about this planner!

    Birdie Shoots

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  48. EC planners are my absolute favorites!!!

    XO
    www.taylermalott.com

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