step into the new year organised and focussed with these top 3 items to keep you on track

Step into 2018 ORGANISED & FOCUSED with these TOP 3 ITEMS to keep you on track!

Step into 2018 ORGANISED & FOCUSED with these top 3 items to keep you on track!

As another new year is here, my thoughts go towards a sense of preparation and planning. As most people do at this time when we start setting ourselves New Year Resolutions and goals for the new year ahead.

However, if you have an over active and creative mind like mine, your thoughts can run away with themselves and you end up feeling confused, overwhelmed and like you can’t even remember everything that you just spent ages thinking about as there is just too much of it! *AND BREATHE!*

The best way I find to get the lists and ideas out of my brain is to write them down and log them in some way. To do this, as I am in my season of preparation for 2018 I have got 3 items to help get me organised and focused:

  1. 2018 Calendarย 
  2. 2018 Daily Plannerย 
  3. A Journalย 
step into the new year organised and focussed with these top 3 items to keep you on track

Top 3 items to keep you on track in 2018

This year my 2018 calendar is so cute, at the bottom of each month’s calendar page is an encouraging sentence which is a lovely touch. However, It doesn’t have individual spaces by each date to be able to write information in regarding that date. So instead of trying to squeeze everything into a small space by each date like in previous years, I have decided to split up my 2018 organisation needs 3 ways, using 3 different items:

Item 1:

A Calendarย with dates only, as a way for me to keep track of where I am each week, month and where in the overall year I am. I have chosen to place this on my notice board in my kitchen, this is because it can also be used when I’m trying to keep track of food in my fridge regarding best before dates and which days I need to use certain things up before others etc. This then ties into my New Years Resolution of ‘reducing my food waste in 2018 compared to 2017‘.

stay organised with a calendar for the new year by helens journey

Super cute 2018 Calendar with an encouraging sentence at the bottom of each months page. Purchased from the shop ‘Poundland’ in England, UK (yes a beaut bargain for ยฃ1!)

 

Item 2:

A Weekly Planner where I do have theย Diaryย option with individual spaces for each day of the week to write in events, appointments, birthdays etc. It also has Monthly Planning Spreads, which gives me a months overview to be able to do a schedule for my writing and also a pre planned blog schedule ahead of time. This item will not only let me know when I am in terms of daily life activities but it will help me organise me in terms of my blog. I need this, as I have such a long list of ideas for future blog posts in my head but the ideas can get lost if I don’t write them down and the struggle of not knowing which to write next, as there seems a never-ending list that isn’t prioritised in my head. Yet, writing it down and looking at the month/s ahead and penciling in a blog schedule will make me feel super organised but also super focused!

Stay organised with a weekly planner diary in 2018 by helens journey

A Christian Weekly Planner with a different Bible verse at the top of each weekly spread. This was purchased in the shop ‘Ross’ in the USA.

 

Item 3:

Using a Journalย is a way to focus on your goals, aspirations, achievements and stay accountable to yourself throughout the year. The journal I have for 2018 was a present off my lovely sister, it is a THRIVE JOURNAL. It is called this as you go through a series of exercises in the book to make you examine your life, set your intentions, write down goals, keep track of daily activities/ feelings and encourage’s you to really thrive in all aspects of your life.

using a journal to stay organised in 2018

Thrive Journal off Amazon online shopping.

 

So, my advice for starting 2018 in an organised and focussed manner is to get yourself the specific items that will help you write down all those ideas, feelings, goals, things to do, etc. Your personal calendar may need to have boxes to write in for events etc. Then your diary may only be for you to keep track of your feelings or pain each day rather than events on the calendar.

Then, for your journal there are so many different types and designs out there, maybe you want a specific size, colour or message on the front. Those things are personal to each person, but the function is universal. The journal is a place to stay accountable to yourself in terms of achievements, goals, progress, wishes or prayers.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT:

At the end of 2018 it will be interesting to then look back through these items to see the different things you wrote at different points in the year and see what lessons you can draw from them to then take into 2019. It’s all a cycle, but we have a choice whether we go through the cycle organised and focused, or being all over the place and confused or stressed.

I hope you join me in using these TOP 3 ITEMS to step into the New Year ahead with a plan, a list of goals, a focused mind, a prioritised to-do list and with an organised life, mind and calendar ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It’s not too late to get your own! Have a look online or in shops for the type of Calendar, Planner and Journal that is suitable for your needs. Then you can step into the New Year being super organised, having a fully focused mind and knowing exactly what direction you are going in…

 

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40 thoughts on “Step into 2018 ORGANISED & FOCUSED with these TOP 3 ITEMS to keep you on track!

  1. whenparkspeaks says:

    I love stationary I have a little green notebook that fits in my purse and fills most of my needs at once. I have a health based engagement calendar in my bedroom and a wall calendar for my kitchen. Now if I could get my husband to note his things on the kitchen calendar it would be great. I am trying a habit tracker to see if this can keep me on track with some new habits.

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  2. CherishingFLo says:

    I bought a few stationary items to keep me organized and goal focused in the new year! I have all three of those things although the Christian daily planner might actually be an amazing idea and better than what I already have. Definitely captures my interest more.

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    • Helens Journey says:

      Great, very organised! ๐Ÿ‘
      Yeah the Christian Daily planner will make me want to pick it up as it looks pretty, but the design inside is so well thought out and useful ~ the weekly bible verses being added extras too is what I loved.
      Defo look into getting yourself 1 if it is tempting you, as you can always give the 1 you have already got away to someone else?!

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  3. Mum, Eileen says:

    I always use a daily diary for where I’m going, who I’m seeing, etc. and would be lost without it. I have an unused Journal from last year, so will your blog has helped motivate me to actually use it in 2018!

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  4. The Break of Dawns says:

    This is a great post! I am the worst at writing things down and then missing the important things when they come around. I am looking into getting some stationary to keep me organized and this post really made me want to do that now!

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    • Helens Journey says:

      That’s great! So glad it helped give you the stationery itch! Lol. There are some lovely designs out there, I’d deffo get a cover that makes you want to pick it up everytime you look at it! Here’s to you not missing those important dates this year… ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ“

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    • Helens Journey says:

      Yeah its helpful for exactly that. I have drawn a line down the middle of each day and on one side i write the events of the day & on the other notes about my feelings, pain levels, etc. Good for keeping track & looking for links between the two also. Thrive journal is the bees knees ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Helens Journey says:

      Thanks, hopefully the top tips will help us both have an organised year ahead… ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ Yeah i think I had to have pretty ones to make me use them and remember to keep picking them up! Lol

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  5. healingpilgrim says:

    Hi Helen! What a lovely and informative blog you have! I know a little thing or two also about toxic overload, so I look forward to finding out more about your journey… Thanks also for dropping by – and following – my blog!

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    • Helen's Journey says:

      Thats great you could take advice from the blog to implement into your daily life. Good for you, I hope they work in making all of your “tomorrows” more organised & productive ones ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โœ”

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  6. bournemouthgirl says:

    Oh my goodness. They look amazing! Everyone knows that I love stationery. That thrive journey looks so lovely! I use a bullet journal, but to be honest… I can never have enough journals notebooks etc. Those things definitely help to be organised. Thank you for sharing lovely. Enjoy your Sunday! ๐Ÿ˜˜xxx

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