I’ve always considered myself a relatively organised-ish kind of person, but some days it feels like I’m completely incapable of being a functioning adult with my life in order. It’s almost as if there’s a finite amount of life admin my brain can deal with, and anything that falls outside it finds itself in the ‘Too Hard’ abyss.
If this also describes you, fear not: you can actually trick yourself into being more organised – and make everyone around you think you’ve got your business sorted, even if that’s not the case. All you need is a few sneaky tricks that’ll do all the hard work for you.
Yes, you’re essentially cheating, but at least you’re only cheating yourself. Scatterbrains unite!
1. Label your alarms
Did you know about this iPhone function? I didn’t, until a wise friend showed it to me about three months ago. Now I’m hooked.
It’s an awesome tool if you find important appointments or even simple promises (“Yes, of course you can borrow my copy of Gone Girl, I’ll bring it to work tomorrow…”) tend to go in one ear and out the other – it’ll bring them to the forefront of your mind first thing in the morning. If you’re the type who needs several alarms to rouse you, all the better:
IOS and Android phones both support this function - just go into the clock app and you should see an option to 'edit' and 'label' your alarms. If you're not overly forgetful, some people use this function to wake themselves up with nice affirmations and kind messages to themselves instead; alternatively, the words 'SERIOUSLY, WAKE UP!!!!' never go unnoticed.
2. Phone = personal assistant
Can't afford a personal assistant? No problem - you already have one in your handbag. Nope, I don't mean there's a mini Peggy Olsen hanging out in your favourite tote, although how great would that be? I'm talking about your beloved phone. It already serves as your mirror, your social life, your photo retoucher (oh hey, Instagram), so why not use your favourite device to do all the hard work and remind you of things you keep forgetting? Use those note and alarm functions to their full capability and you'll be the master of your own
3. Befriend your calendar
Recently, one of my Facebook friends posted a status declaring how much more organised her life has been since she set her Google calendar as her internet homepage. So simple... so ingenious. Seriously, I would never have thought of that.
It's all very well to have a calendar on your wall, but let's be honest here - you spend more time looking at your various screens these days. So get a digital version all up in your face. It's also a good idea to use your Google calendar regularly in a way that appeals to you. Love pretty things? Make sure you colour code your schedule. Love ridiculous wordplay? Write your reminders in rhyming couplets or haikus. Whatever works for you, find a way to do it - it'll help you stick to the habit.