Being organised is super important to me; juggling a demanding job with a social life and hobbies isn’t easy – case in point, my often neglected blog! – so a diary is an essential item for me.
I loved my planner so much last year that I ordered my 2019 one as soon as they went on pre-order in August!
My planner arrived beautifully packaged and with a handwritten note which is a really thoughtful touch, I follow Rugile (Ella Iconic’s founder) on instagram and when you see how much effort she puts into running her small business I think it’s even more impressive that she has the time to add such personal touches to each package she sends out.
Yes the planner looks lovely from the outside but for me, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. I like to have a page per day in my diary and this one is helpfully broken down into priorities, schedule and then there’s a goals/to do section broken down into key areas such as career, home, health and personal with a space on each page to write what you’re thankful for that day.
If you follow me on instagram you’ll know that, especially since I’ve been home from hospital, actively practicing gratitude is really important to me and has huge mental health benefits.
I like to keep everything in one place and so for me, it’s important to have a diary that can do everything. I love the monthly financial page – possibly because it’s blank at the moment so I’m not scrutinising my spending! – for keeping on top of my spending habits and this will become increasingly more important as I look to buy a house next year; and the habit tracker is particularly excellent as a practical and visual tool for behavioural change.
As I mentioned at the start of the post my job is demanding, the hours are long and it can at times be all-consuming, and especially in busy times it becomes more important to me than ever to be able to obtain some sort of work-life balance. Work-life balance is different for everyone, it can be as simple as making sure you’re not having lunch at your desk, and for me being able to see: a) my goals and how what I’m doing at work feeds into them and; b) my plans across a month or two months means I can plan and prioritise booking in quiet weekends where I need to.
I find being able to write my plans down not only means they stick (if I put them in my phone I will forget) but it also relieves anxiety – I don’t have to worry about remembering because it’s all written down!
I’ve tried numerous planners over the years (Filofax, Erin Condren etc.) but the only one I’ve repurchased is the CEO of My Own Life planner and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!
How do you keep organised?