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How to Stay Organized in 2017

Good Morning everyone! So, one of my goals for 2017 is to be a bit more organized especially at home.  I literally feel like I’m constantly cleaning but somehow everything ends up all over the place in a few days! I just don’t understand! Not only do I want to stay organized at home but I also really want to be organized in my day to day life.

I’ve been really good at this these past couple of years but this year has a twist.  Since I want to focus more on blog to help it grow I definitely need to have the days I will be doing posts scheduled in my planner!  Which brings me to my tips!

#1 Buy a planner

So, I used to use one of these all through college! I can’t tell you how much it helped me especially with all the assignments in classes, being in my sorority, having a job etc.  It helped maintain my social life and my school life very well and I still use one till this day! It helps me stay on top of everything and its convenient because you can find them in all sizes and some fit in your purse!

#2 Buy a desk calendar or any calendar

This is also really key to staying organized.  I have a desk calendar and circle days that I may have something going on.  This could be anything from working out to a blogger event.  If it’s on the desk or on the wall where I can see it everyday reminds me of all the things I have going on especially because I use my desk everyday!

#3 Schedule reminders on your phone or laptop

Now as bloggers we tend to be on our phone & laptop (or desktop) everyday and probably most of the day.  If you set reminders on your devices for events or things like picking up the dry cleaning.  This could help you when you are out the door or even if you just merely forgot! (Don’t worry it happens to all of us!)

#4 Schedule days off

Now I know this may seem a little weird because we are talking about tips to stay organized but guys I promise you having a day off helps! First off you know that you definitely don’t have anything to do that day because well your off! Second it gives you time to review what you might have the next day, next week, or next month! I find it extremely essential to take time off to balance out what I have going on in my life and to be able to schedule in new things that might have come up.

#5 Don’t overthink it

Organization to some can be very overwhelming especially if they have to juggle many things in one day or wear many different hats from day to day.  It’s all about routine and once you have that down you won’t even think that you’re being organized but you are! You have made something that works for you on a day to day basis without missing that spin class or trip to the grocery store and that my friends is a huge thumbs up!

I hope you could find some of these tips helpful and don’t worry if you feel like you are late to the game I promise you aren’t! Planning and organizing takes some time but once you got it down it’s a game changer! Let me know what tips work for you & please someone give me tips on how to keep my house maintained for more than 2 seconds!

 

XOXO,

 

Silvia M.

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57 Comments

  • Reply Jamie Beckham

    A planner is definitely the most helpful tool to staying organized!
    I use mine like a crazy person!

    xx, Jamie

    January 4, 2017 at 9:27 am
  • Reply sincerelykenziekenzie

    such an awesome post. My planner is seriously my lifeline, and I write down everything and anything in it. I also take offdays for myself! I usually plan my week/blog posts on these days! x, kenz

    January 4, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Amelie

    Those are great tips, Silvia! I personally cannot live without my planner. I would be lost without it! I also think taking time off is essential. It’s all about balance!

    January 4, 2017 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Mom Does It All (@misteedawnw)

    Thanks for the great tips! I am the most unorganized person that I know!

    January 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply redheadbabymama

    I’ve fully embraced tech to schedule my life, and I have all the notifications on my devices. Especially waze, because it tells me when to leave!

    January 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Anna

    A HUGE yes to the planner! I don’t know where I would be without mine!

    January 4, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Tori

    I love using Google calendar! Mine is linked to my phone so every time I look at my phone I know what’s coming up next!

    Tori

    January 4, 2017 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply rainbowflash94yahoocom

    I’ve been using my phone reminders a lot more lately and it’s definitely paying off!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    January 4, 2017 at 1:52 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Yes! It’s literally one of my favorite apps to use on my phone!

      January 5, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Belle

    These are great tips! I love the taking days off; I really thing it’s important to take a step back and just relax from all the hustle and bustle.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    January 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Yes ma’am! We all need time to breath!

      January 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply theclutterboxblog

    I schedule reminders for things all the time, it’s super helpful especially when it comes to running my blog.

    January 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      I totally agree! Most of my reminders that are set are for my blog.

      January 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply bigfitfam

    I bought myself a planner, now i just have to do the rest1 My husband is constantly bugging me about scheduling days off, and ireally need to listen to him and you and DO IT! great post, thanks for sharing!

    January 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Yes listen to him! It’s very important to relax and you will enjoy it I’m sure! 🙂

      January 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply theresasreviews

    I definitely need to get more organized this year. I love keeping a detailed planner and updating it regularly.

    January 4, 2017 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Mommy Engineering

    Such a great timing post! I needed this because I definitely need to declutter my life! <3

    January 4, 2017 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Kecia | Online Income Mom

    Great tips for staying organized! I am using a planner and my phone’s calendar to hopefully keep myself in check this year.

    January 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Those are amazing tools! I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you!

      January 5, 2017 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    I try to improve on my organizational skills each year. My planner is an absolute must!

    January 4, 2017 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Terri Steffes

    I learned I have to write everything down and an electronic planner just doesn’t cut it. I love my Erin Condren, too!

    January 4, 2017 at 8:08 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Erin Condren planners are the best!

      January 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply gretahollar

    These all sound like great ways to stay organized in 2017! I plan and schedule everything!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    January 4, 2017 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

    I always buy a calendar for the new year! I hang it in the kitchen and it’s where my husband and I keep track of things. Even though we use our phone calendars, it’s still nice to see it on a calendar hanging on the wall.

    January 4, 2017 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Yes I agree 100%!

      January 5, 2017 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply Allison Rebecca

    These are wonderful tips! I am all about staying organized and you are right-scheduling a day off is so important. I didn’t do that last year and got so overwhelmed.

    January 4, 2017 at 8:39 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      That’s the perfect thing to change this year than! Good luck!

      January 5, 2017 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply Debra

    I would totally die without my planner – I love it and need it to survive! And I also have to be careful to not overthink things or I can get real anxiety! Great tips

    January 4, 2017 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    Omg I have soooo many reminders set on my phone–otherwise I will forget everything I need to do! And having a planner is an absolute MUST!

    January 5, 2017 at 7:12 am
  • Reply Rachel Ritlop

    These are great tips! I actually made my own planner this year and just picked up one of those giant desk calendars lol

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    January 5, 2017 at 7:31 am
    • Reply Silvia

      That’s so neat! I hope everything works out for you!

      January 5, 2017 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    I have a planner for my blog, since it’s my job, I have so much that I have to accomplish everyday, and without it I’m sure I’d miss a lot of important stuff to keep it going and growing. I was just reading another post and thinking to myself I need a planner for my everyday life. We have a dry erase calendar in the kitchen that tells dance lessons, dr’s appt’s, my daughters work schedule, and our homeschool field trips, but I need a small one to keep all of that stuff with me! Plus I’d love to start a daily cleaning to do, and a planner would be the perfect place to have that.

    January 5, 2017 at 9:24 am
    • Reply Silvia

      Omg that sounds awesome! It sounds like you are off to a great start!

      January 5, 2017 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply taylorannes95

    I love my planner!!! I would die without it! I use it to plan my entire months! I plan my blog posts on Sundays!

    January 5, 2017 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Traveling Well For Less

    These are nice tips to stay organized. I’m more of a digital girl so I keep my planner on a spreadsheet.

    January 5, 2017 at 11:05 am
    • Reply Silvia

      Yes spreadsheets are also a must for staying organized!

      January 5, 2017 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Megan mccoig

    Some really great tips. I’ve already set many reminders on my devices and got a lovely planner. I must use it all throughout the year, as I end up abandoning it and regret it at the end of the year!

    January 5, 2017 at 11:39 am
    • Reply Silvia

      Don’t worry I’ve been there! Just carry it around everywhere and that should change!

      January 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Rachel Catherine

    I love the idea of scheduling days off. I think it just helps you to refocus on everything so you do’t feel so bogged down.

    January 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I don’t think I could make it without putting reminders on my smartphone. Haha! These are great tips for the new year!

    January 5, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Yes the reminders are my life! Especially when I’m leaving work!

      January 5, 2017 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply reesann723

    I need to be more diligent with my planner and planning my obligations. Looking forward to being successful this year!

    January 5, 2017 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Amanda Love

    I can never leave the house without my trusted planner! It has everything I need and it’s also what I use when taking down notes. I think these are all going to help, it’s nice to stay organized throughout the year!

    January 6, 2017 at 1:51 am
  • Reply Heather (@TownsendHouse1)

    Yes, a planner and calendar are both essential for me. Scheduling days off is something new for me though, I am working on creating more white space this year, and that seems like a perfect way to start!

    January 6, 2017 at 8:41 am
  • Reply toughcookiemommy

    I’ve really been considering buying a planner to get myself organized. While I usually try to keep up on my smartphone, I think having an old fashioned organizer will be much better for me this year.

    January 6, 2017 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Amy

    Planners are essential for me! These are great tips for staying organized this year!

    xoxo,
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    January 6, 2017 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Robin Rue

    I could not live without my planner. I have to have everything marked and written down. It also makes me feel so much better to strike though something as I do it.

    January 6, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      That definitely is a great feeling!

      January 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Katya

    These are great tips!! However I found myself struggling with staying organized even when I use paper organizer and a desk calendar… could you please specify how exactly are you putting information into your agenda and what are some of the tasks you are including? Do you have a separate to do list in addition to the planner?

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    January 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Sure! I use a ton of different colored pens and highlighters and I also buy a ton of sticky tags! Especially the small bookmark ones! They help so much! As far as including tasks I always plan out blog posts and the days I want them posted and also put any sort of events I might have to attend in bold letters and flag that day and page! I do also have a to do list I keep separately which helps me for day to day and a journal for jotting down anything that might come to mind while I’m out and about! I hope this helps! 🙂

      January 10, 2017 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Vaishnavi @ Dentmaker

    Wow. Awesome tips to stay organized this new year. Love your points of taking planned days off. And oh yes, makes absolute sense not to get overwhelmed!

    January 7, 2017 at 9:34 am
    • Reply Silvia

      It helps me every year!

      January 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply hannahcstark

    These are some great tips! The whole calendar on my computer with alarms is what keeps me going. I would totally forget everything if I didn’t have alarms set haha. Maybe my goal for 2017 is to stop forgetting things haha!

    xoxo, Hannah

    January 7, 2017 at 10:49 am
    • Reply Silvia

      That sounds like a great goal!

      January 10, 2017 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Adaleta Avdić

    I am trying to figure out how to most efficient way to add reminders into my phone, because sometimes I forget what’s going on or my thoughts change within mins and I forget! xx Adaleta Avdic

    January 7, 2017 at 7:15 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Put it in your calendar with an alarm set to an hour before whatever it is you need to do! Or just your notes! 🙂

      January 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

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