20 January 2012

7 Habits of Highly Organised People

I, without a doubt, am a highly organised person. I always have been and always will be. I have a lot of trouble trying to switch off and find that unless I stay organised everything tends to jumble up in my head and cause uber amounts of stress.
When I found a post from a fellow blogger listing her 7 habits and encouraging others to do the same I thought I would share with you my 7 habits. Feel free to carry the chain on, just save the image above and post away :) So here are my 7 habits.

1. Write Lists- Lots of Them!
I love lists, I keep one for everything. I write shopping lists, to do lists, idea lists, achievement lists, hopes and dreams lists, favourites lists, blog post lists and all kinds of other lists with various, sometimes plain bizarre subject matters. I find that it helps me to keep things nice and clear in my head. I also enjoy being able to cross things off of lists so that I can see that I am achieving things which helps me to stay motivated.

2. Keep a Calender *and* a Diary.
Yes, I keep both, and I keep them both completely up to date with *everything* that I will be doing including going to work and for what hours (even though the hours are always the same). The reason that I feel the need to keep both is so that when I am on the move, I always have a copy of my schedule with me yet I can also be safe in the knowledge that there is a copy at home in case a) I lose my diary b) someone at home needs to know where I am or what I'm doing and c) someone phones home needing to know when I will be home and able to phone back.

3. Everything has a Place + Should be Kept There
Now, I admit that like most people, I am prone to accumulating clutter if I'm not careful which is why it is important to me that in spaces that I spend the most time, my bedroom in particular, everything should have its own place to be tidied away to. This way I can keep everything organised and tidying is a quicker, less stressful process. There is also no panicking later on due to things going missing after being tidied away to an unknown location.

4. Clear Surfaces = Clear Mind
This is a huuuge habit of mine at the moment. I simply cannot deal with cluttered surfaces. The main culprit in my case is a dressing table that also moonlights as a desk. I try my hardest to keep this area clear as I find that any clutter that lurks in the form of make-up, face creams or hair accessories provides a distraction that drives me to the brink of madness. When trying to work these things must be cleared away to keep my head clear and my thoughts focused.

5. Bright and Airy Fairy
Another habit that I have found myself slipping into is only surrounding myself with white furniture. I love white furniture. I find it so relaxing and so much less imposing that natural wooden colours or darker shades that are used. I also find that with white furniture there is no chance of it not matching my colour scheme which is something that would drive my OCD style of decorating to the point of distraction. The space where I spend my time is important to me so I like it to be perfectly themed and I think white furniture will always be a part of this and keeping my head focused.

6. The Everything Book
As well as keeping an incredibly up to date diary and calender I also like to take The Everything Book with me wherever I go. This is where I make doodles, write notes, make plans, keep recipes and magazine cuttings, write the odd diary entry and generally empty the contents of my head that are stopping me concentrating on other, more worth while things. I think everyone should have a book or note pad like this because it provides a place to note down all the random rubbish soaring around your noggin that makes you who you are.

7. Chillax
Being such an organised person can, believe it or not, be pretty stressful. I think it must be something to do with the amount of obsessing, planning and organising involved...:P Because of this, it is so important to take some time out and relax for a little while. I do this by reading a book or painting my nails or playing on the Wii. It took me a long time to realise that this should be a habit of mine and before I did, I suffered a lot from stress. Just taking that little while out is the best thing a highly organised person can do.

So there we are, those are my seven habits. Now I look through them I seem kinda crazed :S I promise I'm not! Go ahead and make your list, and if you do, be sure to send me a link; I'd love to take a peek.
Annie x

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