Saturday, October 8, 2016

Organize Your Life in a Weekend

This weekend was a mess, but in the best way. I purposely kept this weekend completely unscheduled so I could stay in my apartment and completely organize my life. Did I actually organize my entire life in a weekend? Probably not. But I did take time to organize different aspects of my life that are going to make life so much easier in the future. Here's a few things I did to organize my life in a weekend. 

Source: StudyKouffe

1) Plan
I am an avid planner user, and this step would have been done regardless of my plans for the weekend, but it makes all the difference. Sometime over the weekend I like to go into my planner and physically write all the due dates for assignments, social plans, and general life tasks (like laundry or cooking) that I want to do for the week. I also keep a running to-do list on my whiteboard, and I meal plan in a separate journal. By taking a half hour or so to plan out my week, I make life so much easier for my future self by knowing what I need to do and when I need to do it. 

2) Clean
Ideally, everyone would clean once a week, but sometime's that's just not possible. I vacuumed my room and deep cleaned my bathroom. Along the same lines as this step is putting things away. While cleaning, if I ever found something out of place I would make a conscious effort to try and put it back in its home to cut down on the clutter. 

3) Do That Thing
"That Thing" is going to be different for everyone, but it's the one thing that you know would be super helpful if you did, but you just can't get yourself to do it. My "thing" was making a spreadsheet of all the classes I need to take for my major so I could accurately plan the next three years. It took a full three and a half hours and by the end of it I was so over it, but it really helped me organize my life. Your "thing" might be something related to your work, or your personal finance, or your family, but you should suck it up and get it done. You'll seriously save so much time in the future by just getting it done in one sitting, and if your "thing" is similar to mine, it's nice to have something to reference when planning for the future. 

4) Tackle the Mess
I literally just moved into my apartment, so I don't really have a "mess" yet, but if you have an area of your home that you are unhappy with, make a change! Go through everything and either trash it, sell it, give it away, or find it a home. A weekend isn't a long enough time to do your entire house, unless you're extremely motivated or your house is small, but get as much as you can done. 

These were the big things that I did this weekend to organize my life. If you don't have a full weekend to spend on this, feel free to break it up into smaller chunks and spread it out over a week or month. By far, the best thing that I did from this list was making that hellish spreadsheet of the courses needed for my major. It was so time consuming, but I know will make life easier when I need to meet with my advisors or enroll in courses for future semesters. Let me know in the comments what your tips and tricks are for organizing your life!

1 comment:

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