Wednesday, 17 August 2016

THE SMART GIRLS GUIDE TO STAYING ORGANISED & MOTIVATED



I love repeat LOVE having a wave of creativity hit me. I can just be taking a shower and then WHAM it all comes to me at once. I have found that when it comes to making use of this creativity being organised is key. It's all very well having lots of ideas racing around your mind but if you're not careful these ideas can swim off far, far away, never to be seen again. Therefore we have to catch them and pull them out of our brains and pour them onto paper. And to do that we have to be organised.


Whilst we might have the best intentions to remain organised life can get in the way and before we know it we are back to square one. Do you ever have those days where you have your to do list at the ready, you've got up early and suddenly all motivation to organise your creativity is gone. You can't find one single ounce of the 'get up and go' that you hear so much about... It's happened to all of us. But there are some ways I believe we can maintain this organisation and help our creativity have a steady flow.


So you want to hear more about how you can become the epitome of staying organised and motivated? Then you will find the next few tips helpful!

Set realistic goals
Ever heard the saying don't run before you can walk? Well it's pretty much applicable to any part of life and especially when in an attempt to be productive.


Instead of setting a goal that may take years to achieve and leave you feeling disheartened if you haven't achieved it within the first month, take your goals day by day or even weekly. At the end of each week have a mini review and round up what you managed to achieve. If you didn't manage to achieve something this week, why? What stopped you? And could it be achieved next week instead?

Have a place to store your ideas
Okay so here's an admission from me - I am a serial stationary buyer. If there is a notebook with an array of woodland creatures on (I am looking at you Paperchase) then it's a done deal. This can mean though that I have so many notebooks with scribbles in that I loose track; and often ideas can never amount to anything.

Without the risk of sounding like an OAP, there is now a tablet where you can handwrite notes and transform them into digital text. This tablet actually allows us to connect via Bluetooth to a wireless device such as our iPhones and the notes we write can be easily copied straight to our devices. If you're constantly on the go and want more freedom to choose when and how you capture your ideas then it may prove useful to have them on both paper and a tablet device.

I was kindly sent this tablet to test out by Wacom! 

I was kindly sent this product to review by Wacom! The best use for me in productivity is that I could hand write notes and sync them to my phone - a second copy for insurance!

Having one go-to place to jot your thoughts/ideas down is a crucial piece in completing the jigsaw of organisation. I try and keep my notebooks down to a minimum (and fail miserably when I go into a stationery shop) and have a designated topic to each one... e.g. notes/random scribbles, blog post drafts, lists etc.

Back your notes up!
Ugh this brings back bad memories of being in college and loosing my memory stick (for the second third time) that had my coursework for three subjects on. I was absolutely gutted and honestly I felt at the time it really stunted my productivity; I was so angry that all my previous hard work had been for nothing and struggled to find the motivation to re-do it all. Since that final incident I always make sure my work is backed up on a memory stick and I email a copy to two separate email addresses.


Find inspiration everywhere 
We can't all jet away to a remote island or live in a log cabin in the middle of a forest. But that doesn't mean inspiration cannot be found outside of your four walls. I find human nature fascinating and sometimes can't help but notice their behaviours whilst sipping my coffee in Costa. Sometimes it can be in those moments that an idea suddenly literally POPS into my head.


Ever heard of being mindful? It's pretty popular these days. It basically means to be aware of your surroundings and I couldn't think of a better way to discover new ideas and allow my creativity to grow. If you are a regular reader of my blog (thank you and I LOVE YOU) you will know that I am really developing an interest in interior design, hence the stash of magazines I keep on my desk. You can find so much inspiration in magazines that are focused around your area of interest and even create collages/mood boards/scrapbooks with them for ideas. 

Have a home for everything 
That means a pot for your pens, a box for your electric cables, a shelf for your books... Anything that means if you need something in a hurry you know exactly where to find it.


Buy a notice board
I'm old fashioned at heart. Yeah there are tonnes of great apps on our phones to give us a quick ping to remind us that we were meant to call the doctor back at 4pm... But I much prefer using a notice board to not only pin up important reminders but to stick some motivation up there too. It's amazing how much of a pick me up it can be when you least expect it.


* I bought this cork board as a discounted black photo frame from Home & Bargains for 79p! I then spray painted it white, bought a small roll of cork and placed it inside the frame. It was a super easy DIY project that let me add a bit of my personality to a standard cork board. 

Do what works for you
The internet is full of ideas on how best to explore your creativity and keep organised, I mean you're reading one right now! But what is really important to remember is that one size does not fit all. If to do lists aren't your thing then don't do them, simple.

Instead explore other avenues such as writing a done list of all the things you've accomplished so far today already. Another fab way to generate ideas is to mind map. This takes me back to my school days of starting off with one simple idea and having an offshoot of lots of other ideas that could stem from it. Think of the initial idea as being a seed and the growth being the sub-topics.


Don't force it
Sometimes we just don't feel like being creative and sometimes the temptation to wrap yourself in your duvet and never move seems all too good. I think with something creative such as blogging it's easy to feel frustrated when you can't think of any ideas or when taking photographs finding a new and exciting subject.


Often when we force ourselves to find creativity it can lead us to feel inadequate in what we are trying to achieve as creativity I believe is something that cannot be forced. I cannot count the amount of times I have compared my little blog to other blogs and thought: "Ugh, I am SO bad at this" and only gotten myself into a worse mood. I'm getting better now at letting it come to me naturally and accepting that inspiration will find the way to me in the end.

Rome wasn't built in a day
All good things take time. Whether it's selling your artwork or earning money for your writing, it all takes time. Patience is really a virtue and although it may seem sometimes that you aren't getting anywhere the fact of the matter is you are. If you've completed a piece of work today however big or small you're already a step further ahead than you were yesterday. 

Defeatism is common amongst us all. I for one am guilty of giving up or thinking well what's the point? If something doesn't go my way straightaway. But why is this a bad attitude to have? The clue is in the title. If we give up at every hurdle we fall at then we will never make it to the finish line and still be within a chance of winning the race.

Reward yourself
Whilst material items can boost our mood and make us happy, this is only temporary. If you constantly motivate yourself with something you have bought then you can start to loose scope on what the real purpose of staying organised and being motivated is about. Rewarding yourself with a cup of coffee, an episode of your favourite TV show or a hot bath can be just as rewarding. 


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17 comments

  1. This was a great post Emily! Those opening paragraphs I was reading like 'yup that is me' haha. I work from home for my job and I'm always on the look out for tips like this to help keep me motivated and organised throughout the week and this was really useful to me. I'm going to apply these tips to my work in future, so thanks for sharing this :D
    VioletDaffodils
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad it could help you in some way x

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  2. Great post! I'm a complete serial stationary hoarder too, so I think I need to invest in one of those tablets! I try to have one notebook for just my blog ideas. Awesome tips!
    Steph x.
    marvelsteph.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Thank you so much, same I have so many fluffy pens, notebooks... When in reality I probably don't need them (edit: yes I DO need them) x

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  3. Love this....obvious cute stationary is a necessity too ;)

    https://www.instagram.com/marthawatsonallpress/
    www.splitthecity.com

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  4. this is a great post, lovely photos too! serial stationary buyer...guilty!!! xo


    http://jessicabronwenkennedy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much - it's an obsession I cannot control x

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  5. Wow this is such a good post! These tips are genuinely really useful, particularly as I'm going to be starting college soon and want to hit the ground running and be completely organised from start.

    Jemima x
    anotherrantingreader.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I am glad it was useful for you. Good luck with starting college x

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  6. A great post! Got to say I love your desk, I'm currently trying to sort mine out (need to buy some paint and accessories!) so given me more ideas :) Love the corkboard!

    thegamingmum.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much! Mine was an up-cycle project too, good luck!x

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  7. These tips are so handy! I think another important thing is just to take it easy and always have breaks, as its not good to get burnt out!

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.con

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    1. Thank you! Completely agree, getting burnt out only sends you backwards, it's about pacing yourself and allowing yourself time to relax too!x

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  8. I love this post, and I have major desk envy. Those are some great tips for finding inspiration, but I have learnt to do things a little differently. At work, I have to be creative on cue, which means I can't wait for inspiration to strike. I've found that even when I'm not feeling it, bashing out some words can help me shake off the cobwebs and I can still end up with something good after a rewrite.

    I'm also very jealous of your cork board! Where can you buy cork roll from?

    Lisa | farawaylisamae.com

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    1. Thank you! To be honest that does sound like a good idea, I guess when you have to you can wake up your creativity! You can buy the cork roll from Hobbycraft/Ebay... I got mine from Hobbycraft x

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  9. I just got a check for $500.

    Many times people don't believe me when I tell them about how much you can get filling out paid surveys online...

    So I took a video of myself actually getting paid $500 for paid surveys to set the record straight once and for all.

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