I’m a flustered person with a million thoughts running through my head each day. And I’m sure you do too. Here are three things I use the most each day in order to organize those thoughts, which might be along the same lines for you. If not, feel free to pull some ideas!
I find writing things down to be therapeutic. On sunday afternoons, when I begin to plan my week, I usually feel quite overwhelmed with all that there is to do – often times when there’s too much, I choose to ignore most of it in fear of stressing myself out. But I was taught that that’s not a way to treat your responsibilities. By planning out all the things I have to do, I am better able to see what is expected of me that week. I then know when I have to turn down a hang out or when I have time to chill. Being a student, working part time, attempting to maintain a social life, and blogging can add up. But jotting down what’s most important puts my days into perspective and helps me prioritize my time effectively. I used to use my planner for making goals as well. One of my favorite quotes is, “If you have no goals, where are you headed?”
Some of us carry around clunkers that hold our life and others opt to carry tiny satchels. Either way, a organized purse correlates to a relaxed woman. If my bag has 1039094 receipts, empty gum boxes, 4 lip products, and change flying around on the inside – I go insane. If this reminds you of yourself, you embarrass yourself every time you go to look for something because you end up rummaging around for 10 minutes; and on top of that, a rush of frustration falls over you.
Be honest with me, how many hours a day do you spend on your phone? If you can’t really average it, then how many times a day do you recharge your phone? I’ll be the first to admit I am completely obsessed with my phone. I check it before class, once during class, the second class ends, walking to class, and literally during any other break given to me during the day. Here are a few things I’ve done in the last few weeks to help curve my amount of time spent on the phone. It’s also really important to show the people around you that you value them. Sitting on the phone through half the conversation does not preach that message. Here are a few other things I do:
- Start the day off with 100% battery life and don’t recharge it until you’re done with your day. This keeps me from continuously checking my phone for no reason because I know I have limited battery life.
- Delete all the apps that you don’t really need. I’ve deleted Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter (and it’s account because it’s useless), We Heart It, Pinterest, Spotify. I haven’t deleted my accounts. I’ve simply taken the app off my phone.
- If you find yourself distracted in class, work, or anywhere really – just turn it off for the duration of tat time. You won’t die, I promise. If you are a student, maybe you’ll actually pay attention and take notes too.
It’s been a great journey. And I hope you benefited along the way. I’m sad to say this series is officially over, but as the warmer months begin – I can’t wait to start another series. What would you like to see next? I’d love to hear your ideas.
If you haven’t read the previous posts to my simplify series, here they are:
#simplify | week #1 click here.
#simplify | week #2 click here.
#simplify | week #3 click here.
#simplify | week #4 click here.
#simplify | week #5 click here.