You know those moments when you are a little kid, you`re not allowed to do some things and all you can think is how much you want to be an adult. Well, don`t grow up, it`s a trap! While I have quite a boring life, it can get too hectic sometimes. I have a full-time job in retail and that comes with the strangest schedule. I am on the afternoon shift, so I work from 13-21 and have days off on Tuesday and Wednesday. On those days, I have to do the cleaning, cooking and other domestic chores. Besides that, I need some time to spend quality time with my husband and friends. And then there`s blogging. In honour of National Stationery Week, today I`ll share my tips on how I stay organised, featuring some cute notebooks and planners. Normally, Friday is Get Organised day, but I prepared this post in advance, so that`s that.
The budget book
I won`t lie, I`m terrible at saving money. I`m an impulsive buyer and whenever I see a sale, I can`t walk past it. My best friend has a table in Excel, she sets a certain budget and writes all the expenses. I thought that would be a good idea, that way you can see how much money you spend on essentials and how much on junk. However, I decided to have a little notebook instead of an online table. That way I can keep all my receipts, but I also like the fact that it`s more personal, I can colour it and make it funkier. For each month I set a budget, I write my daily expenses and at the end of the month see how much money I saved. If it`s not a lot, then I go through my receipts and for next month, try to eliminate the things I don`t really need.
The Shopping List
Sticking with the shopaholic theme, I also discovered that making a list with what I need keeps me in order. In the past, I used to go buy bananas and come back with seven other things. We throw away monthly at least 20% of our food, how insane is that? Now, whenever I go to the supermarkets, I plan what I will cook for the following week and get only the ingredients that I need. I`m allowed to one extra item that is not on the list, but that`s it.
Blog Post Planner:
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when I have the day off, I try to write my posts for the following week. Although I like to write mainly beauty products reviews, I also like to mix in some fashion and lifestyle posts. After I decided what posts I will write, I try to organise them for diversity. That means that if I wrote 2 or 3 reviews in a row, the next one will be different, so my readers don`t get bored.
I have so many notebooks, it`s insane. I normally carry one with me all the time, so I can write blog posts ideas in it. But at home, I also have notebooks where I write recipes, blogs I want to comment on, lists of products I want to test.
So there you have it, some tips of how I organise my time. I know some people are better organised, they plan even the hours they post or tweet, but for me, that will make blogging boring. It`s a passion and while I take it seriously, it`s not my first concern in a day. Anyway, how do you stay organised? Do you have lots of notebooks too or just go with the flow?
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