Happy new year everyone! My number one new years resolution is to get more organised, it’s something I’ve struggled with in the past and I’ve decided to tackle it a few projects at a time. That’s why I have put together this how to get organised in 2017 guide. I really hope it helps you declutter and get motivated for a fantastic year ahead!
I am one of those people who downloads tonnes of apps, pops them into the folders on my phone and then instantly forgets they are there. It not only eats up all your phones memory but it makes it feel cluttered and disorganised. I use the same rule for my phone as I do for my wardrobe, if it’s not been used in the past 6 months, it’s got to go. Take the time to streamline your folders and move things around, if there are some apps like to-do lists and mindfulness ones that have been gathering virtual dust on your phone, add them to your home screen so you are motivated to use them more, anything else can be thrown out and re-downloaded later if needs be.
I am the absolute worst for deleting screenshots I don’t need or photos that needed 20 takes to get right, it means I end up with thousands on my phone and computer that are absolutely useless. Again, they slow your devices down, they clutter up your albums and just add no benefit to your life. I take the time to sit down for an hour (or two) and make some folders on my phone and devices before moving things into designated spaces. It means I can be sure I know where photos are when I need them and I end up getting rid of lots of ‘dead’ ones and ones I had forgotten about (like the 27 I took of one mascara wand, that all looked exactly the same….)
This is a tricky one but it’s probably the best one in terms of setting your mood for the year ahead. We all have those people on our feeds who perhaps annoy use from time to time (I know I lose followers whenever I complain about something!) or maybe they don’t make us feel so much envious, as jealous or just a bit crap. I say it’s time to cull them, just be ruthless and cut out anyone who doesn’t motivate you, make you smile or enrich your virtual (and real) life. If it makes you feel better, as a sort of karmic balance, try and replace every 5 people you unfollow with an account that you find that seems to resonate with you and your 2017 goals, you might find a new favourite!
I think it is so important to have a clear computer/laptop desktop, especially when you use it for working and/or blogging. I like to make some generic folders then start organising my files into them and then honing those down to the right subfolders. If you know you have certain posts lined up for the next few months then go ahead and make the files that will contain the specifics for those posts (photos/notes etc) and that way you won’t just ‘save to desktop’ and end up with 1000 files waiting to be organised like me this year (seriously, send help!) Setting out your laptop/computer to make sure everything is properly filed away really does make a massive difference to your productivity.
Take a minute to look through your dm’s/whatsapp/texts. Is there that one ‘friend’ who always makes you feel a bit crap about life? That one who only seems to contact you when they want something? It might seem a bit harsh but I always think it’s important to revaluate friendships and relationships in the new year, and if you find that some people just bring a lot of negativity to your life then it may be time to say goodbye. Take a minute to delete peoples old numbers too (please tell me I am not the only one guilty of doing the ‘Katy’s new new number’ instead of just deleting the old one!)
Have you got any ‘how to get organised’ tips or tricks?
I am going to have a ‘2016 – year in review’ post up soon too, if you have one please make sure to link it in the comments!