First of all, thank you all so much for your well wishes on our new house! It truly means so much to us. It’s been a busy few weeks and we started packing this weekend. However, today I wanted to share a few tips for keeping organized for school, work, and life.
All through college and law school I was a die-hard Lilly Pulitzer planner gal. I refused to try anything new because I don’t like change…haha. After law school, I wanted to get a planner that reflected more of my professional style. Last year, I tried the Ban.do planner and liked it mainly for the smaller size. For some reason it still reminded me of the Lilly Pulitzer planner.
This year, I opted for an Erin Condren planner. It’s personalized and very design friendly. I chose a planner with a gold binder rim with fun watercolor. My mom is always willing to try out new planners so I got her an Erin Condren planner, as well. I got her the palm leaf print for her and I will link it below. She is already obsessed with it! If you are a student, you can go for a student styled planner which would be awesome for every college and grad students. I did a similar post last year with a few tips for organization and it was such a hit, I figured I would do another post.
Here are a few tips to keep you organized:
(1) Buy a great planner: This seems totally obvious but if you invest in a nice planner, you will use it. If you spend $10 for a planner at Target, you likely will only use it for a week because you are not truly invested. I get really excited to get a brand new planner each year and when I started investing in planners, I started using them. I highly recommend investing in the Erin Condren, Lilly Pulitzer, or Ban.do planner based on your price range and stage in life.
(2) Highlighters: I highlight my events by color to keep me organized at a glance. Being super busy often does not lend much time to sit and study my planner. I can easily glance by color and see what is going on in my life. I use a pink highlighter to highlight work related events or plans. I use a green highlighter for fun events like movie dates or birthdays. I use yellow for appointments such as doctor appointments and hair appointments. So… you get the idea. But seriously, it is incredibly helpful.
(3) Keep Important Information: I use the “notes” section in my planner to keep information that I always forget. I’ll need to order more contact lenses and can’t remember the name of my eye doctor. I now keep this information in my “notes” section of my planner so I can easily find the number and call. I always have my planner with me which helps when you are trying to make a phone call in your free time or in-between events. You would be surprised how helpful this becomes year to year.
(4) Tab the week: One of my favorite aspects of the Erin Condren planner is that it comes with a little ruler that can be moved to mark the week. I change this tab from week to week so I can have easy access for the current week. However, if your planner does not come with that feature, use a post it note to help guide you to the current week.
(5) Write it down: This again seems super obvious but I also write things down I’ve already done. The reason I do this is so I can look back and remember what day I went to the movie or completed some task. It seems trivial but how many times do you think”what day did I pick that up?’ or “where did we eat for her birthday?” Maybe because I am attorney I love to keep records but it’s also kind of fun to look back and say “oh, it’s been a year since I passed that bar” or “last year, I was at the beach”. I keep my planners form year to year as a fun way to keep track of what I did over the last few years. I don’t keep a diary (I was never good at that kind of thing) so this in a way becomes my diary.
**This post is not in partnership with Erin Condren.