Ways to Stay Organised.

Staying Organised

 - I use a diary, firstly to keep track of important dates and events (and birthdays!!). But I also like to write down deadlines for jobs that I have. I usually have a separate diary given to me at work, but use a Moleskine Diary for everything from noting down deadlines for freelance jobs, to-do lists and for personal use. I use Moleskines' because they are my favourite brand of journal. I like how they are set out, they have a useful pocket at the back for notes/receipts and I like how the look and feel. MC was kind to give a Soft Cover 2015 Diary to me for Christmas so I am already prepared for the New Year.
The built-in Calendar Apps on my iPhone/iPad/Mac are probably my digital favourite for keeping important dates synced across iCloud on all of my devices. I add everything to these calendars knowing that i can access it from everything depending where I am. It also gives you the option to colour code events and quickly switch your view from weekly/monthly and yearly.

TO-DO LISTS - I always write down lists ever since the days of revising for exams. I will then cross things out or 'tick' things off so I can visually see that I have achieved some of the tasks I have set myself, which keeps me motivated to get more done.
This is where my iPhone also comes in handy. I will write down a to-do list in the Notes section of my phone for personal projects, for example, I renovated my attic space back in October and had ONE week off to complete it. I wrote down everything I wanted to get done that week, including the materials I needed to buy and a shopping list for an Ikea trip. It was easy to check on the go, incase I saw last minute pieces I wanted to buy or if needed to change my schedule around. This again was synced across my other devices using iCloud. Simple.

NOTEBOOKS (or SKETCHBOOKS) - I take pens and paper almost everywhere I go because you never know when you need to make a note or you see something inspirational to jot down. I tend to use a sketchbook as I am more of visual notetaker. And again, I personally use Hardcover Moleskine Sketchbook because I love the quality. With a sketchbook, it is a continuous source of inspiration to support my creative work. For smaller quick scribble lists, I will turn to a small notebook gifted from friends that i keep near my desk. Its ring bound, so I can tear away pages when I no longer need that note. To go with my sketchbook, I keep a small case. (My current favourite is the Black and White Monki case my friend got me for my birthday!!). Inside I store a couple of mechanical pencils and my Parker Pen in for when I am out and about too. Its easy to grab and prevents pens hiding in the depths of my bag.

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EMAIL MANAGEMENT- I have my email accounts linked to my devices so and I tend to check them as soon as they come through. I delete anything that I am not interested in straight away to leave me important emails at the top of email lists, so I can check them when I am at home and can pay full attention to them.

CLEARING THE CLUTTER - Keeping my workspace tidy and organised is a must. Dont get me wrong, it gets messy, especially when I have my art materials sprawled out everywhere. I do try to make a conscious effort to take 10 minutes at the end of each day to the tidy away things. I like to have a clean space to start working at the next day, otherwise my day just feels a little chaotic when I start off in a mess. I keep things I need to hand in cups and containers on my desk top and have materials and objects organised in my drawers accordingly. I have recently got a square cork-board to pin loose bit and bobs too.
As well as my work space, usually every week or two I go through my bag and just make sure there is only the essential items I need in there. I am terrible as throwing loose change and receipts into my bag, so I often end up with a little collection of things I need to sort out.

How do you stay organised? I would love to see some of your ideas.

Stay Creative, Stay Happy.


  1. Awesome article ♥ i love your blog ! :)

  2. How I stay organized: I have a cluttered brain and put tasks in my phone randomly. I tried notebook keeping, but never spent money on a nice notebook therefore didn't want to keep it with me all the time and....

    I need to get a nice journal for keeping organized. Thanks for the inspo babe.

  3. I'm always super organised but these tips would be definitely be useful to organisational newbies!

    With regards to your comment, I can't find who illustrated the Yeats anthology. It was published by Faber, though. I think the illustrations in The Resurrectionist were done by the author. You should definitely buy the Carver collection - it's a great read!

  4. Lists are very important to me, if I keep them updated! I like to tick things off as well then create a new list each day with remaining tasks. Accomplishing the tasks is another story! Haha. Have a wonderful rest of 2014. :] // ▲ ▲

  5. Thanks for this blogpost - I'm a person who gets stressed out easily so your post came in really helpful. I love the photograph you took as well!
    I am addicted to notebooks - I jot everything down and I couldn't think of living without one.

    Love, Sjoukje


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