How I Stay Organized During the Holiday Season

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It’s officially November which means Thanksgiving is almost near and then Christmas is right around the corner!  I’m so excited for this season but at the same time it can be overwhelming how many things you have to remember throughout the week.  That’s why I’m giving you tips on how I stay organized during this busiest time of year.

1. Make a To do List

The number one thing that I do every night or first thing in the morning is write a to do list.  Usually this list consists of three to five tasks that I need to accomplish that day and it can be anything from finishing a blog post, to running errands, to taking a shower (yes sometimes I need to remind myself to take care of myself).  If I don’t do this, I will go totally off track and either sit around all day or try to do so many different things in one day to the point where I lose track of time.  This is definitely my number one way I keep organized on a daily basis.

2. Get a Planner

The second most efficient way I keep organized is with my Erin Condrin planner!  I got this one for Christmas last year and it’s so beautiful and helpful too.  You can totally customize these planners to how you want and they have space for notes, coloring pages, weekly view, monthly view, and a page to write events for the upcoming year.  I cannot live without using a planner.  I’ve tried putting appointments into the calendar app on my phone but it took too much time and it just didn’t work for me like a physical planner does.  It also comes with stickers inside and you can by sticker packs as well to make your life easier and more beautiful!  Which leads me to my next point…..

3. Use Stickers

This tip is optional, but it really helps me a lot!  I like to use color coded tabs for each month and use that same color tab in the weekly view.  I also use cute and fun stickers from this book to highlight my anniversary every month, make my to do lists more interesting, and just simply use for decoration!  I also like these stickers because they have a pack for school to better organize your assignments, functions, and more!  They have different packs for different events like weddings, school, budgeting, and even appointments.  Stickers are just a way to beautify your week and really help me look forward  to staying organized.

4. Color Code

I can’t stress this part enough.  Color coding saves me so much confusion and headache.  I color code everything from television shows I can’t miss, to appointments I have coming up.  For example, my to do list is written in black, my dogs appointments are written in blue, and blogging is purple.  I write all of the things I need to know on both the weekly and monthly section so I can focus on the week but also plan for the entire month.  Using different colors for all of my tasks is really helpful and is way more interesting look at every day.

5. Schedule Some “Me Time”

When you have a busy life, it’s important to set time aside to do something for you.  Self care is extremely important.  You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.  Your “me time” can consist of anything from having a few minutes of quiet time to yourself in the morning to taking a bubble bath.  I schedule my “me time” every Sunday so I can take time to unwind and prepare for another busy week.

Being busy is easy, but being productive is hard unless you utilize the proper tools like a planner, stickers, and to-do lists.  One last reminder, write everything down as soon as you make an appointment or get invited to a holiday party!  You don’t want to miss important plans because you forgot to write it down.  My motto is: if it takes less than two minutes, just do it right away!  These simple and easy tips are a surefire way to keep you organized and productive throughout all of your holiday festivities!  Be sure to follow along @everydayxelizabeth on Instagram to keep up to date on all of the latest fashion, beauty, and lifestyle tips! Xx

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