Hey guys!! I recently realized how not on top of things I was and I realized that I really needed to get myself in order. I needed to organize and balance many parts of my life, including my social life, my health, school, and the actual organization of the physical spaces around me. I'm going to share some tips for how to get back on track when you've started to get lazy with your everyday routine, so I hope you can apply these to a few aspects of your life!!
1. Take GYST Days. I learned this from watching Kalyn Nicholson's YouTube and it's been so helpful to implement in my life. It stands for "get your s*** together," and it's where you choose a day of the week to just GYST it out and get done what you need to get done. I chose Sunday's as my GYST day because I like to start the week off on a good note, and getting organized before it starts helps me do so. When I have a GYST day I like to do my laundry, clean my room, finish up any homework I had that weekend, do any self-care/beauty routines I wanted to do, and plan out my next week. The beautiful thing about one of these days is that it's completely your own, so you can tailor fit it to what you need to do!! It's so helpful and makes the rest of the week a little easier.
2. Stay on top of the little things throughout the week. Even though you have a big GYST day, it's nice if you do a little bit of stuff throughout the week to make your GYST day workload a little lighter. To do this, just try and do things as they present themselves throughout the day. If you have some clean laundry, put it away when it's dry and don't let it sit on the chair (we all have one) until you're ready to pick it up at the end of the week. Put things in their correct spot when you're done using them and do assignments when you get them. Doing things NOW reduces your workload for later, and you'll thank yourself for it.
3. Organize your schedule based on when you work best. This takes a bit of self-reflection. Look at your life and find out when you're the most motivated to do a certain task, and try to do it then. Unfortunately, we can't do this perfectly because of structured things like work and school, but it's important to do the best that you can. For example, I love working out in the morning because it sets a good tone for my day, so I'm really excited for summer because I can have time to sleep until the time I like to and workout before I start my day.
4. Find something you genuinely enjoy learning about. It's important to always keep learning. I'm the first to admit that school has kind of ruined my love for learning, but I've found topics I enjoy learning about and I try to research them as often as possible. I love learning about health, fitness and lifestyle routines, so I watch a lot of YouTube. It's definitely an unconventional method of learning, but I like that because it doesn't feel like school and I love hearing information based on people's first hand experiences. So find something you enjoy, and learn as much as you can about it. I promise it won't feel like school if it's something you enjoy!!
5. Treat your body right. I notice I feel really crappy about myself when I don't eat well or sleep enough or workout, and that makes me really unmotivated to do everything else that I need to do, so it's important to me that I give my body the respect it deserves, and in turn it will work with me to achieve my goals. This can include anything from eating food that makes you feel good, working out, putting effort into your skincare routine, prioritizing your sleep, or anything in between.
6. Get your finances in check. I am literally horrible at this, but it's my goal to get it together this summer. My goals this summer are to save half of what I make and not draw from those savings, and to not buy something until I can afford it twice. I really can't offer much advice on this topic yet because I kinda suck at it right now, but as I figure out a system that works for me I'll share it with you guys.
7. Use a habit tracker. I used to be wary of these because I thought it would develop an unhealthy relationship with what I'm tracking, but it honestly helped me become more accountable with my goals and it lets me reflect on the day I've had and how I can have a better one tomorrow!
8. Keep a list of what you need to do. This helps keep everything you need to do out of your brain which frees up space to actually think about completing the tasks you need to complete. You can keep one on paper, in a planner, or on the notes app on your phone. The notes app has the option to make a checklist which is something I'm going to start using for my day to day tasks as I think of them.
9. Prioritize your social life. You never really hear this, but I think it's one of the most important things to do to help your life stay in balance. It's important to show the people that you love that they are important, and taking time to put effort into those relationships is so important. I encourage you to find the people that make you feel good about yourself and inspire you and keep them in your life. Be with the people who motivate you to achieve your goals. It's also just so important to have people you can hang out with when you need a break from all your other tasks. You need people who make you laugh and who make you happy just as much as you need all those other things that are on your to-do list.
That wraps up all my tips for a more organized life!! I've learned a lot of these tips from others, which is part of that whole learning thing (!!!), so I want to include their info in case you want some more tips on how to get on top of things:
Health/Lifestyle tips: Sarah's Day, Kalyn Nicholson, Sam Ozkural
Workout videos: Blogilates
Total girlboss inspiration: Maddie Minor, owner of Willows & Palms (p.s. you can use my code ANNAWP10 for 10% off your purchase!!!! I'm a genuine lover of her products and message and I want you all to see the love and importance she puts into her message)
Thank you so much for reading!! See ya later! <3