I am type A, and this is a very type A orientated post. I love having everything in my life planned, filed and squared away in a designated spot. I'm also not a huge fan of tech-based systems of organisation. I like to write things down on paper, because I find them much easier to remember that way. I am kinetic. I like to touch and do. Every Sunday I take the time to sync up my diary and to-do lists, and update my life file.
What is a life file, I hear you ask? It is a binder folder that holds all the secrets to parts of my life that don't revolve around my daily schedule. You can purchase the file from Kikki K .
The folder comes with 7 labelled tabs. as well as stickers to create your own personalised tabs. I have the following 6 tabs on the go in my file;
In the very front of my folder, I keep a copy of my personal three year plan. This is different to the 5 year plan Reece & I have formulated together. This one is all about me and my hopes and goals for the future. I see this every time I open the file. It is a nice positive reminder to keep working on things that bring me joy. I find myself referring to this regularly when I'm feeling lost or aimless, and its a great tool for re-focussing on a day to day basis.
Under the home tab, I have a list of home projects I'd like to do. Anytime I come up with a decor idea or come across a repair that needs to be made, I write it on this list. The list has column for the task, as well as a column for the estimated cost.
I have a second sheet under the home tab which is a home projects timeline. I list each month of the year, and as I add projects or repairs to the initial list, I assign them a deadline and write them under the month I'd like to have them done by.
This helps when I sit down at the start of every month to write my budget and plan my month- I can allow enough time and funds to get that particularly home repair completed and I don't end up with a never ending laundry list of household items that never get seen to.
I currently volunteer to tutor Sudanese kids in english on a Saturday morning and I love it. It takes some decent planning to have an appropriate 1.5 hour lesson ready to go every week. I use my charity tab to organise my lesson plans and resources.
Sometimes my students will be absent and I'll need to step in at the last minute with another student. I always have worksheets & fun activities like colouring in/join the dots available for every grade level & colour code them for quick and easy reference on the spot.
I'm terrible when it comes to impulse purchasing. Its probably one of my worst financial habits. I use the consumer tab to be more conscious of how much it costs to buy the nice stuff that I want.
Anytime I see something or think of a non-essential item I'd like to buy, I come home, flick to the consumer tab and write it down first. I actually find that as the days pass, I can re-visit this 'Things I want' tab, and realise I'm not that interested in buying certain things anymore.
If I am still interested in owning something. I turn to my second list; 'How to Fund the Things I Want'. For each item, I brainstorm ways of paying for said items that wont interfere with my regular budget (hint: it usually involves selling something else on Ebay).
I am a serial project undertaker. If I don't have at least 2-3 projects on the go at once, I feel like I am not busy enough. Under this tab, I have sleeves for each of my main projects at the moment; my blog & my book (yes, I am trying to write a book).
In the blog sleeve, I keep a small notebook where I jot down any ideas i have for blog posts. I also have editorial calendars for each month, details what i will post on what days. In the book sleeve, I have a simply monthly timeline list similar to my home projects timeline. Each month I set myself a goal as to how many chapters I'd like to have completed by the end of that month.
I use the wellbeing tab to keep track of my regular health appointments, such as pap smears, check ups, blood tests, health insurance, eye check ups etc. . I use a monthly list similar to the home and projects list, and underneath each I make note of what I need to schedule or follow up health-wise during that month.
I use this tab for anything else, as the name suggests. Currently I have a vision board (directly related to my 3 year plan), brochures of spec homes we've looked at and liked as well as print outs of kind emails from clients and friends that make my day every time I read them.
I am currently working on the addition of a Budget/Finance tab, but have plans to do a far more details post on creating and maintaining a household and personal budget and creating a basic financial plan, so watch this space!