A lot of people have told me that I seem like I have my life put together. To those people I say: HA! I am unsure about so many things, but the one thing I am positive about is that I am a very organized (if slightly all-over-the-place) person. As a Type A personality, there are a few tips and tricks that I live by when it comes to organization. Here are my top 3:
1.Have a system in place.
This is the bread and butter of organization – the number 1 tip that (probably) every organized person will give you. If you don’t have an organization system in place, then you can’t very well maintain an organized life. In my organizational system, I use planners, dry-erase calendars, bullet journals, and God only know what else to make sure that I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing – when I’m supposed to be doing it.
2.Create a routine for yourself.
I have a morning routine and a night routine (and – sometimes – a middle of the day routine) that I try to stick to religiously. This helps me stay in an organized mindset; I know what I usually do and when each and every day. Now, this isn’t to say that I stick to this all of the time. Sometimes, I have to go off-book when I want to have a little fun (ie. I skip my skin care if I’m out too late on a Friday night). But I do try to maintain my routines as best I can.
3.Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Life is messy. It doesn’t always fit into a cookie-cutter version of what it’s “supposed” to be, and that’s fine. If I can’t complete my morning routine because my sister got a flat tire and needs to be rescued from the side of the road (true story) then that’s fine. Things come up that are more important than the everyday grind, and I try my best to live with that and make the best of everything.
What are some of your tips and tricks to stay organized? Let me know in the comments section!
I love that there is no one way to talk about writing; it’s different for everyone.
For me, writing is a way to get out all of the jumbled-up ideas caught in my head and then somehow morph those ideas into an organized whole. It doesn’t always work out like that! Sometimes the morphing stops half-way, and I have to scrap the whole project and start again. This is what I refer to as “almost-writer’s block.” I’ve written it all, but now I can’t seem to get it all to make sense. But the beauty of writing is that even when something doesn’t make sense, you can still make it beautiful. A lot of poetry is a great example of this!
I love that writing is personal.
I can write whatever I want because no one ever has to see it if I don’t want them to. I can rip that page out or highlight and delete whole passages if I want to keep my thoughts to myself.
I love that writing makes you think a lot.
I’ve noticed that a lot of our modern culture involves moving super fast and not stopping to take a deep breath and reflect. When I write – even if I’m writing fiction – I’m constantly thinking about my life and reflecting on things that are current.
I love that writing is shareable.
There are times – a lot of times – when I want the people close to me to know what I’ve been thinking about, but I can’t actually tell them face-to-face. That’s when I turn to the writing I’ve been doing recently.
Writing is about more than blogging, noveling, or making poetry. It’s about expressing what weird, stupid, or “dumb” things are floating around inside your head that you would be afraid to express otherwise. If writing wasn’t a thing, the world would understand a whole hell of a lot less than what it understands now (which isn’t a lot when you think about it).
I absolutely love the message behind this song. I come from a “broken” home. I hate that term, but I can’t seem to find a better one to use. This song has made me (and my mom) cry more than once, and I hope it touches you as well.