Be ORGANISED & FOCUSED in life, with these TOP 3 ITEMS to keep you on track!

As I type this post another new year is fast approaching. My thoughts go towards a sense of preparation and planning, as most people do at this time of year when we start setting ourselves New Year Resolutions and goals for the new year ahead.

However, if you have an overactive 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!*

So 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 the future, I have got 3 items to help get me organised and focused:

  1. A Calendarย 
  2. A 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 calendar is so cute, at the bottom of each month’s calendar page is an encouraging sentence, which I think is a lovely touch. However, It doesn’t have individual spaces by each date to be able to write information 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: How using a calendar can keep you on track

A Calendarย with dates only, as a way for me to keep track of where I am each week, month and where about 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 compared to last year‘.

stay organised with a calendar for the new year by helens journey
Super cute 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!) But for the USA I’ve seen some really cute ones in Dollartree too!


Item 2: How a weekly planner makes each week’s tasks feel manageable

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 pencilling 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: How using a journal can help keep you accountable as the weeks travel by

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 website.

So, my advice for starting a new period in your life 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.


At the end of the year 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 the coming year ahead. 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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43 thoughts on “Be ORGANISED & FOCUSED in life, with these TOP 3 ITEMS to keep you on track!

  1. Nice bundle of stationary there! I’ve invested in a day-to-page diary and just waiting on a set of cool stencils from Amazon to fancy it up a bit! ๐Ÿ˜€ And some owl stickers too! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m such a child!๐Ÿ˜‚

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        1. Yeah, im a little girl at heart so i still want pretty things, nice colours, some flowers & cute pics etc ~ then the big girl in me likes their actual functions etc lol #balance ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’–


  2. 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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  3. 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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    1. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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    1. 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“


    1. 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˜‰


    1. 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


  6. 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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