01. Keep a plan. This is the most important thing for me, and I find if I don’t I’m sat around half the day asking myself what I should do next. Sunday night I like to make a plan for the next week, and that involves what day I’ll be out stock buying, what days I’ll be listing said stock, and the days I’ll be writing up blog posts. Knowing what I should be doing helps me get to it a lot quicker without procrastinating.
02. Write everything down. Of course I occasionally forget things, and that’s where my extensive collection of notebooks comes in (or at least that’s what I tell myself). I always have notebooks on hand to record stock and expenses for my vintage shop, blog posts ideas, a ‘to-do’ pad, and a little pad for my handbag just incase I remember something whilst I’m out or inspiration strikes.
03. Make it pretty. Some of the parts of working from home, especially working for yourself, is dull – I’m looking at you, accounts. So make it pretty, if you want to slap some cute patterned tape on papers or make lists in nice notepads, if it means you’ll keep it to then just do it! I’m forever buying twine, stickers, even floral staplers, and I do feel it encourages me to do the most boring of tasks when I’d rather be watching Come Dine With Me repeats.
04. Create an inspiring space. Although I do sometimes work from my living room, I do get more done in my office. I’m surrounded by everything I need, and I’ve tried to create a practical but pretty desk space. I was kindly gifted some pieces from Viking Direct, including the Acrylic Desktop Organizer*. It helps being able to see everything I need and I also pop a few pretty things on there to brighten my day. I also love the Pastel Post-its*, and they have some great essentials like pins and paper clips too. I don’t know what it is but new stationery always encourages me to work and be more organized.
I hope some of these tips might help you or give you a few ideas! How do you keep organized?