With it almost being halfway through the year (soo scary!!) There is no better time create an all new and improved you. Remember all those New Years resolutions you made at the star of the year? Well this is the perfect time to kick start them, if you’re like me and put them off. We all want to be better versions of ourselves and it all starts with a ‘can do’ attitude. You know what you want and you should be working your ass off to figure out how to get it. I’ll share you in a little secret, the best advice for how to plan and stay organised so you can stay on top of things and be the go-getter you are!
Prioritise by making a weekly and daily to do list
At the beginning of every week I like to sit down and write out a list of everything I need to get done for the week ahead. This way everything is visually laid out and I can prioritise my time effectively. I like to list what I need to get done in order of priority, so from the least important (at the bottom of my to do list) to the most important (at the top of my to do list). This way it is super satisfying once I tick something off, and if there is something I didn’t get to within that week I make it my number one priority for the following week. I like to also use the same approach, but on a more minute scale.
Plan ahead a month in advance
Just like how I said I like to plan my weeks and days I like to plan out a month in advance as well. Think of it as creating an editorial calendar. If you don’t know what an editorial calendar is, it is basically a form of concept development for content creation. Everything from writing to taking photos to pressing publish. Just think of it as a brainstorming stage. For example I aim to publish a post on my blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The month before I will come up with ideas for posts and punch in what I will be posting and when. This gives me room to organise what I may need to do for said post such as making time for getting or taking photos, buying or sourcing outfits etc. It’s also good because it gets you to set goals and aim for something. Now obviously things can change and pop up, but I find it helpful to have a foundation to go back to.
Get into good sleeping habits
I can NOT stress this one enough. As creative individuals we can tend to be lacking in this department. Me being a student I can say that I have certainly been guilty of this. It can be so easy to want to stay up til’ the early hours of the morning, but you need to snap out of it. It can be easier than you think, you just need to train yourself. The more you keep to a good daily routine the better. Get into a good routine with your sleeping habits. Trust me your body and mind will thank you for it later on. It’s all about being proactive with time management. I like to try and go to bed early and wake up early. Waking up early allows you to get the things you dread most done first such as responding to emails.
Be realistic with what you can get done
There is no point taking on more than what you are capable of. Don’t overpromise either. Not only is it unprofessional, but it will just end up being a bigger burden for you. This tip can be hard especially for my fellow over thinkers and overachievers out there. Now, there is nothing wrong with being an overachiever but you need to think practically. Be reasonable about what you can get done.
Work smarter and not harder
Ever heard of the saying
“it’s quality over quantity”?
I like to adopt this method in my working life by working smarter not harder. Practice makes perfect and the more you do something, the more you are likely to become a boss at it. Think about your workflow and life goals strategically. There’s no point working harder at something that isn’t working out.