one of my biggest goals of this year was to be more productive. some days i could end up staring at my phone, on twitter, for hours on end. all of a sudden, the entire day is gone and i’ve accomplished nothing. that is the worst feeling. being homeschooled, it’s SUPER important for me to be responsible and finish my schoolwork. with ballet and blogging added to the mix, things can get a little crazy. after some trial and error, i’ve found the easiest ways for me to be stay organized and i’ve decided to share it with you! (because i’m just SO AWESOME like that)
use a planner and calendar
personally, i find writing down all my tasks/events to be more effective than uploading it as a new event on my phone. you can easily customize things the way YOU want. sometimes apps aren’t able to provide what i need in the most efficient and effective way. my paper source planner is my new best friend.
i’m a visual person and love being colorful. i’ve categorized all my tasks/events into colors (i.e. blogging is aqua, school is green, ballet is pink, etc). this way, i can easily see what needs to be done in the different aspects of my life.
use all the things!
highlighters! pens! tabs! sticky notes!! indulge in using all the extra things: i usually highlight super important stuff i need to remember. pens are part of the coloring package. tabs allow me to easily flip to the week we’re on. i usually write my daily to-do list on a separate sticky note and stick it next to the date. (this fills in more space.) also, isn’t it great to flip through your planner to see it being, well, USED? my planner is being loved. *hugs*
compile a to-do list
i’d say i’m a fairly task-oriented person. to me, there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing off something on your to-do list, or ending the day knowing you did all the things you planned to. although i almost never complete everything on my to-do list, it forces me to do things i’d otherwise procrastinate on. they’re like mini goals. even if i didn’t complete the task, at least i tried, right?
this is another way i managed to motivate myself to be more productive: accomplishment stickers. if i finish a blog post, i add a sticker to my planner; if i go running, another sticker; if i finish a school assignment, another! these are things that you decide on – and they can be mundane things like grocery shopping – but they seriously do wonders to me. writing this blog post? GOLD STAR FOR XAN!