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How To Crush Your To-Do List and Stay Organized

Hey girl! New year, new me, right? Well… easier said than done. Honestly, I don’t want a whole new me, just a few small things I want to improve πŸ™‚ And to be completely honest, I didn’t set a ton of goals for myself for 2018. I just want to continue to work hard and be the best person I can be no matter the date on the calender. I also have an aspiration (let’s call it that) to be more organized this year. I also said the exact same thing last year, but I mean it this time πŸ˜‰

I’ve decided to create a little list of tips to help myself (and YOU!) be more organized this year!

Who doesn’t want to stay organized, have everything together, and crush your to-do lists? I thought so…

Anyway, saying it is one thing, but doing it is another. Easier said than done to stay organized, right?

Here are some tips I’ve put together to help us both stay organized and crush our to-do lists:

(This post is sponsored by PurpleTrail; however, I only recommend products I use & love, thanks for supporting this little blog of mine πŸ™‚)

Tip #1: Use One Planner For Everything

One planner for this, one planner for that… nightmare, right? I reccomend keeping everything in one planner to keep it all straight.

The planner I’ve using this year is one from PurpleTrail. They sell customizable cards, invitations, planners of all kinds, guest books, and even stationary! When they reached out to me to collaborate, I was SO excited to try out their customizeable student planners!

Thier planners are perfect because there are different ready-to-go designs for all different purposes. I picked a student planner and I customized it to my liking (you can completely customize the cover and back page too!) and you can add add-ons as well!

The planner I recieved is HUGE and it perfectly fits everything I need to write down like to-do lists, school assignments, blog ideas, events, blog posting schedule, and everything else!

Also, if you use my referral link they gave me you get $10 off your first purchase on orders over $50! Click here to save some moola!

Tip #2: Plan Out Your Week

I decided to try to create a new habit where I plan everything for my week on Sundays. That way you have everything laid out and you know what’s ahead of you for the week! It really helps going into Monday knowing exactly what your plan and schedule is πŸ™‚

Tip #3: Use Colours For Different Categories

Basic idea, I know. But if you are a visual person, try using different colours to seperate things in your planner. One colour for school, one colour for appointments, or blog stuff… you get the idea.

Tip #3: Don’t Overload Your Schedule

Getting a million things accomplished is great, but you don’t want to burn yourself out in the proccess. Only take on what you can handle and don’t get too ahead of yourself. Over-planning will only stress yourself out. Try only planning what you know you can accomplish, and don’t stress to much if you don’t get everything done.

Tip #4: Lists, Lists, Lists

Whenever I make a to-do list of what I need to get done, it always makes me feel so much better and less overwhelmed. It’s really hard to keep everything straight in your head, so making lists is sooo helpful! When I write it down I don’t have to worry about forgetting something and I can clear my head for other things πŸ™‚

Tip #5: Use the Monthly Layout

I feel like the monthly calendar in planners are sometimes overlooked. I find the monthly pages so helpful to see your whole month at a glance. I like using the monthly layout to write down events, birthdays, and appointments so I can quickly see what is going on each week at a glance.

Tip #6: Prioritize Your Lists

It’s much easier if you priotize your lists and focus at one thing at a time, right? You can make a list of the things you need to do and then go down the list so you don’t feel overwhlemed.

Tip #7: Pick a Planner You Love

Β Not feeling your planner? Maybe it’s not your style? If you are going to be writing every detail of your life in your planner, it’s probably a good idea that you love the design and layout so you are wanting to use your planner. I am obsessed with my PurpleTrail planner and it definitely keeps me motivated to write things down and make my to-do lists!

You can check out PurpleTrail planners here to grab your own planner for 2018 if you haven’t already!

Tip #8: Keep a Passwords List

Are you like me and constantly forgetting your passwords? I added an add-on to my planner so I have a password log, and let me tell you… it is so nice to have! I used to have all my passwords in a note on my phone and then that note deleted itself somehow and that was a huge pain. I like having my passwords written down in my planner just in case so that I always have them.

Tip #9: Finances Tracker

Are you a college student who wants to keep track of their bills? Or maybe you are still in highschool but you want to budget yourself so you can save up for a trip or a car! Having a couple pages dedicated to your spending and finances is super important to stay organized. Plus, seeing everything you spent down on paper helps you to be aware of any spending habits you might have πŸ˜‰ My bad spending habit is clothes… I just can’t help myself! πŸ˜‚

Tip#10 Set Timelines and Deadlines

Do you have something you’ve been meaning to get done on your to-do list and you just keep doing other things instead? I know the feeling… Set a doable deadline for yourself to help motivate yourself to get things done. Need to read a book for school? Set a timeline so that you know when you have to read each chapter by to be finished the book in time!


So that’s it for my tips to help you CRUSH you to-do lists and stay organized this year! I know everyone says this, and it’s a little cliche, but this year is my year of organization and less stress. Can I get an amen? Cheers to a more organized self!

Do you have a plnner for the new year yet? What did you think of those tips and which tip are you going to try out? Do you have any other tips to add? Comment your tricks and secrets in the comments below so we can share the love of organization πŸ˜‰

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  • Reply
    My Blessing by Grace
    10/02/2018 at 8:07 am

    That’s a great ideas! I need to create a password list! Thanks for the inspo! Xx

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    Heather Rowland
    10/02/2018 at 8:52 am

    These tips are amazing – I’ve been looking for a planner and this one seems perfect for me so I’ll definitely be buying!!

    Heather xoxo

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      Taiya Maddison
      11/02/2018 at 6:56 pm

      I’m so glad, Heather! Thanks for reading πŸ’ž

  • Reply
    10/02/2018 at 2:27 pm

    Great tips! My bad spending habit is also clothes XD

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    10/02/2018 at 2:46 pm

    Really good tips! Are you a leftie?

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      Taiya Maddison
      11/02/2018 at 6:57 pm

      I am!!! I can’t believe you noticed, brownie points for you! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

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    Ella Marie
    10/02/2018 at 6:01 pm

    This post was gold, Taiya! I need to become more organized. It’s pretty bad… That planner is GORGEOUS! I should really get a better one. Thank you for the awesome post!

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      Taiya Maddison
      11/02/2018 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Ella! You are too sweet! I’m so glad this motivated and inspired you β˜ΊοΈπŸ’“

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    11/02/2018 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for all the tips! πŸ˜ƒ I totally tried to do this with a regular notebook, and was consistent for like… two weeks? And then I forgot to check it and stuff, and so that idea was thrown out the window. πŸ˜‚ I might get myself a planner from Chapters or something, though. That might inspire me more. πŸ˜‰

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      Taiya Maddison
      11/02/2018 at 10:13 pm

      Definitely! Sometimes it can be hard to keep on top of things but I’m going to try and get into a solid routine this time πŸ˜‚

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    12/02/2018 at 12:08 am

    Hey girl! My bad spending habit is books….I used my last $15 on a book so now I’m broke, but it’s worth it hehe. For a planner I’ve been bullet journaling since September 2017. I use it to track my water, sleep, etc., habits, passwords, and occasionally I use it to vent. I also use it as a calendar and all that. It’s been keeping me so so organized, and I definitely recommend checking it out. Loved this post and it gave me more ideas! Thanks <3 πŸ˜€

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    12/02/2018 at 10:22 pm

    hey taiya! Thanks 4 the inspo! My bad habit is spending on stuff from The Body Shop… hehehe

    This post is so good!
    Are you doing a surfer-girl inspired fashion post ever? πŸ™‚
    Thanks 4 posting! <3

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    17/02/2018 at 9:29 pm

    I am not organized at all but I really want to be! That planner is gorgeous!

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    04/03/2018 at 8:12 pm

    absolutely love this post so much!! this is most definitely gonna help me stay more organized!! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’˜

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    08/03/2018 at 1:37 am

    Hi, I loved this post. I was wondering if you had any tips for someone starting their own blog?

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