One of my resolutions for 2012 is to get more organised. No more replying to emails three weeks late. No more frozen pizzas for tea because we haven’t been food shopping in a month. No more ‘bonus’ payments from my business bank account because I forgot about my massive phone bill and bought new shoes instead. Ahem.
Over the last six months I’ve learnt that running your own business requires SERIOUS levels of organisation, and so have vowed to get on top of my entire life. Of course, I’ll need some functional yet fashionable items to help me do that. What do you mean, any old diary will do? Pfftt…
My lovely mum has been integral in the get-Jen-organised-for-2012 movement. For Christmas she bought me this beautiful Osprey handbag – it’s a soft, chocolate brown leather with a padlock detail and over-the-shoulder straps. Inside is even better, though – this beauty has plenty of compartments for all the various technological gadgets that rule my life, and my MacBook slips in perfectly. Which means no more lugging my briefcase on the train with me, inevitably leaving it in the overhead compartment and running back onto the train like a mad woman screaming ‘WAIT!!’.
Despite owning an iPhone with a calendar, reminder system and thousands of organisational apps available to download, I still love writing things in a diary. There’s something about writing plans in pen that cements them in my mind. My mum stepped in again to make sure I was set up for 2012 and beyond (the inserts are refillable) with this stunning leather Filofax. I love the business card compartments and felt very grown-up writing my name on the front page.
Personalised planner, c/o personal-planner.co.uk
The lovely people at personal-planner.co.uk sent me a personalised planner to try out for 2012. I absolutely love it – there are so many ways to customise your planner, from the front cover to the calendar pages to the greeting at the beginning. I love the workout tracker on each page… something to aim for!
So that’s how I’ll be keeping myself in check next year. Any tips for me? How do you stay organised?