I Need To Get More Organised!

Getting organised

The problem

Do you ever irritate yourself? Like REALLY irritate yourself? I do. All the bloody time. There are many reasons I get annoyed with myself. From saying ‘yes’ when I really want to say ‘no’ (I’m sure I’m not alone there!), and to being so ridiculously indecisive (why can’t decisions be easy to make?!). But what really gets on my bits more than anything, despite my best efforts – I cannot, for the life of me, stay organised.

I buy diaries, or have them gifted to me, every year. It’s a good job, because if I didn’t, God only knows what I’d be like! I have to write down what I’m doing and when – it’s the only way. I have reminders pop up on my phone, only for me to forget I’ve seen them which results in me forgetting to do whatever task it was I needed reminding of. And I’m usually ALWAYS late. Jeez, this racks me off more than anything. You know you have a friend that you tell them the time to be somewhere is half an hour earlier than it needs to be, because you know if you don’t they’ll be late? Yep. I’m that person. And I can assure you. It irritates me a whole lot more than it does my friends and family.

Now I know this sounds totally contradictory in comparison to the blog post I wrote about how I organise my blogging schedule. And for a while I was organised with it. I still am to an extent but I’ve got to be honest. I lapsed a bit. I no longer have two weeks worth of posts scheduled. Things get busy don’t they? Christmas comes along and birthdays and there’s presents to wrap, and parties to organise and you know, life to live. I had to be a Mum, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. I had stuff to do that didn’t involve tapping away at a laptop and scribbling away in a notebook.

But the work kept coming in and the blogs got written and the pictures got edited and the posts got published. But, honestly? It felt uncomfortable. It felt like I was constantly on the go. Always had something to do and every time I sat down to watch Eastenders I felt guilty that I wasn’t scheduling a tweet or liking a shedload of pictures on Instagram. Phew. I’m knackered just thinking about it. And I was back then. I needed a break.

social media organised

There’s always something you can be doing…!

The solution

And so I took a break. Christmas came along and I decided to hang up my writing boots for a couple of weeks (or more like ten days!). I decided to reassess the situation after the season of turkey, presents and Prosecco had passed. And so here we are. Back where I left it.

During the break I decided that not only did I need to be organised with the blogging malarkey, because we all know just how much time it takes up. But I needed to be organised in LIFE aswell. I’m talking boring shit, like cleaning and washing and mundane crap like, getting clothes ready for the next day.

getting organised in another life

Maybe in another lifetime??

Don’t get me wrong, I did do the cleaning and the washing (I’m not a skank!) but I did it whenever I could be bothered or whenever I had a spare minute. I didn’t schedule it in. I didn’t have set days like I know a lot of people do. I’ve never been a domestic goddess – and for the record, I never will be, but I do feel like I need to nail this part of being a grown up. Because I never have and if I’m honest. I don’t like it.

I’m organised! (well, kind of!)

So, I’m on it. I’ve given myself a kick up the ass and have told myself to be a grown up and do the domesticated thing. I’ll do the washing every God damn day if I have to, to stay on top of it. I refuse to be that person who’s putting away two weeks worth of washing because she’s been putting it off for days on end. Yesterday I had both beds stripped and in the washing machine before I even had breakfast. For a few minutes I sounded like my Mum when asking the Mr to get out of bed. “Get up I need to strip the bed!” is something that has never left my mouth before. Who even IS this person?

In terms of this little corner of the internet that takes up so much time? Well for now I have set writing days – evenings of course. Whilst the Mr is in the gym, I am exercising my fingers writing things like this, and all of the other things that go with it. Whilst Little Man sleeps I am wide awake, creating something that hopefully one day he will get to read and be proud of me for (whilst thinking “So that’s why Mum was on her phone a lot!”).

So far it’s going well. All of it. The house is clean and tidy. The washing is done. The blogs are written and published and the tweets are tweeted. So far, I hardly dare say it, but I think I’m winning at 2017!

organised winning

Winning!

Well. I say winning. At least until the morning, when I know I will probably be rushing Little Man out of the door because I made us late again, faffing at whatever I was faffing with that made me underestimate the time.

Ah well. You can’t win them all. One step at a time yeah?

 

 

How about you? Are you like me (someone please say yes!) or are you super sorted?ย 

 

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56 Comment

  1. Reply
    Emma
    9th January 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Fab post – I try to be 80% organised but some days it just goes out the window. I’ll never be without my diary & notebook (old school pen & paper girl me!)
    I took a break over Christmas and have really noticed a difference in my motivation with my blog!
    Em x
    http://happywiseowl.com

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      9th January 2017 at 5:31 pm

      I know what you mean. Sometimes you just need time to breathe!! I think we should schedule in a bloggers holiday twice a year – when we can all have a break without feeling guilty! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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    Patty Gordon
    9th January 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I have kids and a hubby who run my life. Being a stay at home mom it’s part of the job I guess. I try to be organized, but just when I think I’ve got a pattern going to my day or life, someone else in the family throws a wrench in it. Luckily I have worked ahead this year on my blogging so that even if something gets messed up, I can still keep posting regularly. I’m so excited for this year. working organized really is making a big difference!

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      Jaki
      9th January 2017 at 8:08 pm

      I’m looking forward to feeling less stressed with it all. I’d love to get back to having things scheduled but I’ll take it one step at a time ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for reading.

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    Abi - Something About Baby
    9th January 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I could have written this post myself! I am feeling so disorganised. I said I’d take a break over Christmas but didn’t, so I now seem to be on an unscheduled blogging break because I can’t get back into the swing of things. I’ve bought a notebook and am trying to set times to blog like you have so I’m not doing it at inappropriate times #MarvMondays

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      Jaki
      16th January 2017 at 12:08 pm

      It’s tricky isn’t it. Sometimes I find myself thinking “I’ll just do that, it will only take a few minutes” then before I know it, I’ve lost the night faffing with something that didn’t need faffing with! I hope you get back into the swing of things soon.

  4. Reply
    Muma on the Edge
    10th January 2017 at 10:50 am

    Hey Hun,
    Good luck with the organisation this year! I am also victim of the disorganised bug – especially when it comes to washing and making dinner / actually having food in the house. Somehow it all gets eaten up before I’ve had a chance to replenish it. It’s a pain in the bum!
    A schedule is what i am now working to, but life does still get in the way. My daughters birthday weekend has just sent The Schedule into a downward spiral, and I’m desperately trying to claw it back…
    we can only do what we can I guess!
    Good luck to you!! xxxx

    #twinklytuesday

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      16th January 2017 at 12:10 pm

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. We are only human after all. Thanks so much for commenting, I hope you get back into the swing of things soon. xx

  5. Reply
    Kayla Arnold
    10th January 2017 at 11:07 am

    I love being organised! My mum got me a label maker for Christmas so now I can take it to the next level!! #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      10th January 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Wow!! I think it might be a few years until I’m at that stage! Go you!

  6. Reply
    Mackenzie Glanville
    10th January 2017 at 11:17 am

    great start to the year. I am feeling more organised with blogging than I normally do lately, but I am still usually running late. #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      10th January 2017 at 5:45 pm

      I am relieved I’m not the only ‘late one’! It’s so annoying isn’t it? Thanks for reading and sharing too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lucy grace
    10th January 2017 at 1:56 pm

    I am just like you! Always the late one. Always juggling and ALWAYS faffing.lol! I’ve also done the same as younin making more of a concerted effort to get organised and so far I am winning too! My OH laughed at the family planner on the wall and asked if he needed to schedule in speaking to me but I think hes secretly inpressed by my efforts. Its made things much more relaxed and easy at home in general since we aren’t flailing around in a panic anymore. One thing though…. organisation takes a lot of effort. I’m shattered!lol. Xx #dreamteam

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      10th January 2017 at 5:44 pm

      I think my hubby is super impressed that the washing basket is nearly always empty!! I feel quite proud – is that sad?! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ We can do this! Xx

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    Collette @ Family life and me
    10th January 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Fab post! I need to be a lot more organised too! It’s one of new year goals. I like the idea of scheduling everything in, I must try that xx #twinklytuesday

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      Jaki
      10th January 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Maybe I can do a follow up post with how this goes – if it’s successful!! Fingers crossed! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  9. Reply
    Sammie
    10th January 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Our whole post just described me completely. Im so crap at organising myself. I am the worlds biggest procrastinator! Let us now how you get on! #twinklytuesday

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 4:31 pm

      I certainly will! We appeared so ‘on it’ with our pretty blog posts when really we’re just winging it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks so much for commenting.

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    Mrs Mummy Harris
    10th January 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I really wanted to get organised as I went back to work yesterday but over christmas Ben was so ill, it just didnt happen. Hpwever I do have wednesdays off and im trying to work on doing admin stuff on the bus back from work.

    At the moment I feel like you did where i’m stressing But I think thats cos i had a super busy weekend so I didnt get to do many linky’s and now i’m behind my usual schedule let alone knowing i have an 8.15-5.45 shift!!!

    Lets hope we both get our butt in gear and next month we’ll be gliding around the house and blogging world with ease! #anythinggoes

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Ah bless you it does sound like you’ve had a lot going on! We shouldn’t beat ourselves up. We are Mums after all and this is the most important thing. But you sound like me, a bit of a perfectionist! ๐Ÿ™‚ we will ace it I’m sure. Good luck with it. Let me know how you get on! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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    Sarah
    10th January 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Well done you. I wish you luck! I’m just the same. Every evening I write a to do list for the next day, a to do list for the next evening, shopping lists, blogging checklists. I don’t always stick to it, but I’m trying! I’d be screwed without it!

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 4:34 pm

      There’s something great about striking things off a to do list though isn’t there?! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Briony
    11th January 2017 at 10:14 am

    I am so with you on this. I have an actual list taped to my fridge to help me keep on top of the cleaning and if I didn’t programme things into my phone’s calendar so it can beep at me and tell me where to be I would be lost. 2017 is going to be my organised year, maybe, hopefully #bestandworst

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Haha. I am so relieved it’s not just me. I really thought everyone else was owning it. Apparently not!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Busy Working Mummy
    11th January 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Being organised is so difficult. I tend to get in to a routine and then stick to it because if i deviate then i don’t stand a chance of getting anything else done! #twinklytuesday

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 4:44 pm

      I know what that’s like. I’ve been like that all my life! Time for change ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Alana - Burnished Chaos
    11th January 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Oh you could be writing about me! If I don’t write it down or schedule an alarm it is quickly forgotten about, and if e alarm goes of when I’m in the middle of something else you can guarantee by the time I’m done it will have completely left my brain. My husband is the organised one in this house but as he’s away 10 weeks at a time things tend to go to pot! I’ve found bullet journaling really helps, but only when I remember to use it ๐Ÿ˜‚. Hopefully you’ve cracked it and if so I need your secret x
    #FamilyFun

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Haha. I’m working on it. But yes. I’m writing to do lists at the start of each week and having great pleasure in crossing things off! Although at the start of this week I wrote I needed to sort hubbys birthday card and present for next week. It’s still not done!! I think I need to double check my priorities!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ x

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    Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson
    12th January 2017 at 2:45 am

    Ohmygoodness, I am right there with you! I recently got to the point where I decided that I MUST do something different. So why not start an organization series on my blog? So far, it’s going so well that I may continue it indefinitely! Stop by and offer your opinions if you get a minute! http://www.carolinatwinmom.com
    #DreamTeam

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Oh wow yes I will for sure! This post has made me realise that I’m really not on my own in this one. I think we’re all just winging it!! ๐Ÿ˜„

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    Chonnie Johnston
    12th January 2017 at 10:04 am

    Fab post! I am actually super organised, so much so its annoying! I think its good to be somewhere in the middle, organised and on top of things but also able to let things go and be spontaneous sometimes. Love your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ #BloggerClubUK

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Ah thank you so much. It’s so nice to hear people enjoy my little space. And we’ll done you for being so organised. I envy you!! ๐Ÿ˜„ x

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    Life as Mum
    12th January 2017 at 10:26 am

    I am no way organised! I have one diary for my blog, one for daily routines, one for my bag with appointments and one to write in day-to-day. I haven’t followed neither of them! I just do whatever comes to mind at that day and I find it hard with Freddie not napping long in the day. #MarvMondays

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 5:05 pm

      It’s so hard to get everything done isn’t it?! It feels like there’s always something. X

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    Helen Gandy
    12th January 2017 at 1:27 pm

    You are not alone, believe me!! Towards the back end of last year I was starting to get a bit fed up of the stress around blogging but I’ve set myself small goals around it and I’m not putting myself under any pressure at all! Great post and look forward to reading your posts through the year. Thanks for linking up lovely #bestandworst

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks lovely. I’m so relieved. When you’re in your own little blogging bubble you kind of feel like everyone else is winning and you’re winging it! Posts like these are great for the confidence boost when you get all this feedback. Thanks for hosting a great linky x

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    Brandi Puga
    12th January 2017 at 3:17 pm

    That makes two of us! I especially need to figure out how people get so organized and ahead of their blogging!

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 5:33 pm

      I used to be! I can’t remember how I did it so efficiently!! Judging by other comments on here, we aren’t alone!

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    Selena, The Rambler
    12th January 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I’m so working on this. Trying to make it a balanced life so I don’t poke my eyeballs out. Best of luck for your 2017!!! =) #BloggerClubUk

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 5:34 pm

      And to you too. Thanks for stopping by.

  21. Reply
    Karen : TwoTinyHands
    12th January 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve been slacking with being organised recently, I too had a good break over Christmas and I’ve decided to concentrate on parenting a bit more rather than blogging but getting the balance is difficult. On that note I am going to strip the bed… Thanks for linking up to #FamilyFun

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Haha that made me laugh!! It’s so easy to get consumed in the blogging. Time goes so fast when you’re working on something and before you know it hours have gone by! I think it’s something we all struggle with. X

  22. Reply
    tammymum
    12th January 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Oh i get this, being organised is key but not always easy, especially with little ones in tow. I think the break would have done you good – it definitely did me good. Good luck with your organisation I am pleased to hear its going well, long may it continue! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Fingers crossed I keep on top of it all. But I won’t beat myself up if I slack off a bit at times. We all need a break every now and again xx

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    CaptainKirt
    12th January 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I’m a tech person and use my devices to organise my life. I lose diaries or forget to take them with me so I rely on my phone calender and to do lists.

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      Jaki
      12th January 2017 at 11:12 pm

      The daft thing is – I use both! I think I’m beyond help! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

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    Alex Iveson
    13th January 2017 at 10:00 am

    I’m the same tbh! I’ve given myself a great big kick up the rear-end this month though and starting to get into a better routine! #BloggerClubUK

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      Jaki
      15th January 2017 at 1:24 pm

      It appears a lot of us are the same!! This is secretly good to know. We are all pretty much winging it which is hilarious when we all appear so on the ball! ๐Ÿ˜„

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    Random Musings
    13th January 2017 at 1:02 pm

    This is so me! I tend to try to do too many things at once and end up with a disorganised mess all around me at all times lol – but I get there in the end!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes ๐Ÿ™‚
    Debbie

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      Jaki
      15th January 2017 at 1:22 pm

      I know that feeling. I end up chasing my tail – as I have been this morning!! I was doing so well! At least I have good intentions ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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    Susie at This Is Me Now
    14th January 2017 at 11:41 am

    Love this. I have given myself a kick up the arse too and it’s working! I’ve got a new passion planner which is immense. And I’m being more strict with what I do when so that I can switch off more and actually enjoy being a mum. Good luck and long may it continue (for the both of us!) xx #familyfun

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      Jaki
      15th January 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Yay! Well done you. Let’s hope we can keep it up. Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lisa (mummascribbles)
    15th January 2017 at 8:49 pm

    You just dumped my brain into your post! This is so me! I haven’t even found the time yet to sit down and start writing in my 2017 planner! I am so unorganised and definitely need to get cracking on getting things in order and scheduled in! Thanks for sharing and Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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      Jaki
      15th January 2017 at 9:45 pm

      The more I read of these comments the more I’m coming to the conclusion that we’re all winging this completely!! You do have a very good reason to be super busy with your beautiful new addition. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    Annette, 3 Little Buttons
    16th January 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Love your post! And here’s to winning in 2017. I think we should cut ourselves a bit of slack every now and again because after all, life should be fun right. I am slowly working on a better schedule,, but you know, something always comes up. Thanks so much for linking up to the #DreamTeam xx

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      Jaki
      17th January 2017 at 9:25 am

      Absolutely. I couldn’t agree more ๐Ÿ™‚ cx

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