Being a freelancer for over four years now (!), taught me quite a lot on how to keep my shit together. So today, I thought I’d share some of the things I learned
Start writing everything down
Thoughts, ideas, reminders, questions, notes about your day… Write it all down in a planner, on a piece of paper, on your phone… And come back to this every day, or every few days, to keep you going.
Categorise your notes
I have ten different folders in my Notes-app for work, story ideas, tasks, shopping lists, health-related stuff… Organising your notes like this will clear up your mind.
Start using a planner or calendar
If a paper planner or bullet journal isn’t for you, go digital. You might just need something to remind you of important dates and appointments. Or you want to also keep track of personal projects and goals. Decide what you want to use the planner for, and then choose the thing that works best for that goal.
Start tidying up
“Having a clear mind and a clear space allows you to think and act with purpose.” So create some time to keep your surroundings tidy. For example, I put everything in the kitchen away in the evening before going to bed, and clean the entire house on Fridays or Sundays, depending on how busy I am.
Create a budgeting system
Just like clutter can make our mind feel crowded, not having a clear picture of your finances can cause a lot of stress. So write down financial goals, use banking apps, and keep track of your spending.
Start setting alarms and reminders
Use reminders on your phone to stay on top of deadlines. Set alarms or reminders for budget days, deep cleaning days, birthdays, anniversary dates and doctors appointments.
Declutter your phone and laptop
Put everything in folders, delete things you’ve backed up and don’t really use, and uninstall apps and programs you don’t need anymore.
Unsubscribe and sort your email into folders
I did this a few years ago, and it’s been the best. Unsubscribe every time you get a marketing email to keep the amount of emails you get (and the money you spend) to a minimum.
Sorting your email into folders might take a while if you’ve never done this before. Create folders for banking information, school, travel, etc. Only have one miscellaneous folder with important stuff that doesn’t really fit in a larger category.
Delete new emails if you don’t have to save them, and leave them in your inbox until you’ve answered them.
Get a file folder
Things to keep organised inside:
- important paperwork
- a written password log
- work and personal receipts
- memorabilia (movie tickets, plane tickets, cool finds)
- extra birthday cards
- gift cards
Plan your meals and grocery lists
Once a week, go through your cupboards and write down all the things you’re running low on. Then add what you want to eat the upcoming week. This will not only help you from walking back and forth around the supermarket because you forgot something, it will also keep your spending to a minimum.
Close unused accounts and get rid of old clothing and objects
Close bank accounts and cancel memberships that you no longer use. Donate clothing and objects that no longer fit, are broken, serve a purpose, or are otherwise just cluttering up your life.
Just doing a few of these things, will help your mind become clearer and you will slowly but surely start to feel more organised and like you have your shit together! 🙂