17.2.15

Organisation tips



'Urgh I have so much homework and it's so difficult. I can't do any of it. Been on instagram and facebook. It's 10.30pm and I haven't done anything yet. It's okay I'll get up early tomorrow morning. Couldn't be bothered to get up, will just try and do it in the car, on the way to school. Tonight I need to do homework from today, study, exercise, practice my instrument, write a blog post, catch up with the homework from yesterday, tidy my room, have a shower and make my lunch... oh and I have to walk home in the rain - fantastic :/'

Does this sound familiar? 

Feeling unmotivated, unorganised and falling behind in everything is literally my worst nightmare. But not to worry, I have some tips to get you motivated and on top of everything whether it's school, work, instruments, exercise, social media, driving or study!

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When I say 'timetable' or 'planner' a lot of you think 'no that doesn't help me' or some of you might think 'I make them and never stick to them.' But please try it again and really make and effort to stick to it. Planners don't work unless you do!

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Here are my top 3 tips for making a planner:

1. PRIORITISE
when I get home from school, I write out everything I need to do, then label them with 1 (most urgent) to 5 (not so important). This way, all the work due the next day can be completed first, followed by study, instrument practice and maybe some blogging.

2. USE COLOUR
I find colour super beneficial - highlight school work in one yellow, exercise in green, extra curricular activities in blue and so on. This way you can see approximately how much time you are spending on different tasks each afternoon.

3. CHECK OFF COMPLETED TASKS
there is a real sense of satisfaction in ticking or crossing of completed activities, it will also show you what remaining tasks remain for that day.


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Okay moving onto distractions.

Now I know this is a major issue for a lot of people (including myself) so here are my top tips for removing distractions and focusing on the task at hand:

1.  PUT YOUR PHONE IN ANOTHER ROOM
I even find putting it at the other side of my room helps as I can work solidly for 30 minutes and then have a break and check it if I want to. If you want to stay off your phone for a longer amount of time, give it to someone in your family to keep until you have completed a certain number of tasks e.g. English homework, maths summaries and instrument practice.

2. SELF-CONTROL
For some of you who use computers for your school work, it's not a simple 'put it in the other room,' you actually need to set what you need write down what you need to do before you go on Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr etc. If you really have no self-control you can download apps - 'cold turkey' for mac and 'self control' for PC.

3. EXERCISE
Wait what? Yes that's right exercise is proven to help concentration. If I feel super distracted I do a quick Blogilates video and then sit back at my desk feeling refreshed!



Wow so many things to do ahhhh - but wait, I haven't finished this blog post quite yet :)

I know that a huge problem for some people is finding the motivation to do an assignment, exercise or maybe a blog post.



Top motivation quotes

+ you don't have to be great to start, but you need to start to be great

+ motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going

+ a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

+ if we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives

+ you have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose

+ trust yourself, you know more than you think you do

+ do something today that your future self will thank you for


Finally, my tips for managing school, work, social media, sport and any other things you are involved in!

1. BALANCE
spending hours per day on social media is maybe not the best use of your time - especially when you have other things to do. This doesn't mean you should never use it - just be sensible about how long you are spending on it.

2. PLAN AHEAD
In terms of organising your week, diaries and wall planners work well as it gives you an overview of what you have on. It's great to be involved in lots of activities but make sure you don't over-commit yourself + it's super important to have down time.


 3. SPEND TIME ON THINGS YOU ENJOY
Obviously you will have to do some things that you don't like but try and make them enjoyable by adding incentives, however do activities you enjoy as well. If you want to start a blog - start one, if you don't like blogging don't do it anymore, if you want to get fit just do it - there is actually nothing stopping you except yourself.

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Hope these have helped - of course I have many more tips but these are my top ones. Feel free to send me an email (milkywayblogger@gmail.com) if you have an specific questions. 

If you have any tips I haven't mentioned comment below and you can help me as well as other readers :)

Much love
xo Georgia


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6 comments

  1. I really like your blog and am inspired by it. The layout is clear and the photos are gorgeous. Keep up the good posting.

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  2. Thanks for these tips. They're all really good. Even though most of them are common sense, I always love to read them again to remind myself.

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