One thing that’s been repeated to me throughout my life is how organised I am. I feel like sometimes it’s said with slight envy and other times with slight annoyance…either way these same comments keep coming up so I choose to take them as compliments because why the heck not.
Throughout the years I’ve changed the ways I stay organised, but recently it’s as simple as using my iPhone. For the people out there that struggle with staying on top of things, I thought I’d share my top tips for turning your phone into your own personal assistant.
Hopefully you’ll find these tips useful, but keep in mind that what works for some doesn’t necessarily work for others.
Keep forgetting to catch up on Game of Thrones? Really need to buy a birthday present for your friend? Haven’t gotten around to washing your makeup brushes? Write it down! Most people only use the calendar on their phone to mark special events or appointments, but oh boy are you missing out on its full potential. Whether it’s an important task or a completely frivolous one, jot down everything and anything you want to get done on any given day as ‘events’ in your Calendar, until each day is filled with multiple things you want to get done. (I know this seems like kind of a scatter-brained way to organise, but trust me and read on).
I know we’re all busy people, but usually everyone can find or prioritise at least 10 minutes in their day to make a to-do list. Personally I find using ‘Notes’ on my phone and planning the day or night before to work the best.
Go through your calendar for the coming day and take a look at all the things you want to get done, writing down in Notes anything that you think you’ll be able to achieve the next day. I usually dot point the tasks for the sake of being succinct, but do whatever works for you. As you sort through the ‘events’ in your calendar, delete them or move them to a later date if they don’t seem achievable at this stage.
What you’ll be left with is a clean calendar for the day ahead and a list at your fingertips in Notes to keep you on track and remind you of everything you want to get done. Delete tasks from the list as you do them and revel in that satisfied feeling at the end of the day when you delete the completed list from existence.
If something on your to-do list really needs to be done on or before a certain time, set an alarm on your phone to remind you so that you don’t forget. As a bonus, set the alarm tone as something really annoying. Trust me, you’ll want to complete whatever it is you need to do just so you never have to hear that damn tune again.
I know that altogether this can seem like a long process, but when you do it daily it actually becomes a really quick and easy technique to keep you on track. Promise.