5 Ways to Get Organised in 2017 & WIN a Stick-to-stigu planner!


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You know what they say: Organisation is the key to productivity… or maybe they don’t say that and I’ve just made it up, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Being organised IS the only way to be productive, without organisation – especially for those of us that are busy parents – life seems to muddle into one thing or another. I’m currently feeling the lack of January organisation so I thought, for my benefit as much as for yours, I would write down my ways to get organised for 2017.

Let’s make this OUR year.

  1. De-clutter.

Clutter is the enemy of the mind… or something like that. Whateves, clutter is a bad thing. I find that when my desk has too many papers on it or my stuff is piled high I get a neurotic twitch in my eye that can only be considered similar to the one I get when my kids won’t go to bed. Unlike feral children, clutter is an issue that can be solved and I really do think that have a “nice” space, that isn’t drowning in overwhelming mess will make you a more productive worker.

2. Don’t underestimate time or the power of prioritising

I’m talking about those moments when you decide that a task will take 30minutes without reeeeeally thinking it through. Give yourself plenty of time to do the things that NEED to be done. I am a bugger for this – guess what, that email I want to send really can wait until after I’ve picked the kids up, yet I will frequently rush my way through and end up blitzing my way towards the school like a bat out of hell. I work well under pressure but I can’t tell you how often I’ve read something back and not responded well because of rushing, had I put the school run first and then answered the email after, it would have been much better.

3. Plan stuff. No really.

How far in advance do you plan? I’m currently working on Valentine’s day campaigns and I’ve already been approached about Mother’s Day and Easter. For my work I try to make sure I have a rough month plan and then I am planned one week in advance. I might not be scheduled on the blog, but I’ve planned it in my planner – which brings me neatly to my next point BUY A GOOD PLANNER. Not one for this, one for that, one for confusing yourself and one for playing with because it’s pretty. Buy a GOOD planner that you love and use it for everything. I have a daily diary for my personal life which I use to jot down family events and I will also include work based meetings etc but for work I have one planner by the very awesome Stick to Stigu for all elements of work. It allows me to write ideas and notes as I go along, plan a schedule and write down what I’ve charged for and when I’ve been paid. It’s imperative to have somewhere to write down what you are going to do. Just in case you can’t wait until my competition ends, I have a discount code for amazon RIGHT HERE with a fab 15% off, just enter TAR15OFF at the checkout on amazon!

4. Set goals, monthly AND annual.

I have a monthly goal list, I write it on my wall planner and it sits and stares at me so I know that I have a good dollop of pressure on me to live up to my expectations! I also have an annual plan which is how I work out what I want to achieve in the monthly goals. One of the things I do at the beginning of each month is write down my monthly goals in my Stigu and on the wall. It’s great for promoting organisation as I have something to work towards. Think of the burger dangling hat in the gym…

5. Know your limits.

Even super man had kryptonite (can you tell I’m a boy mum?). Everyone has a limit – taking on so much that no amount of writing it down or organising yourself will be effective is never going to help you organise your life for 2017. Know your limits and stick to them.

What are your tips for organisation?

H x



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    Tammy Neal
    January 22, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    My goals are to loose more weight be more healthier and beat my pcos x

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    Debbie Burfoot
    January 22, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    To lose the weight I have put on and look at my diet

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    Tammy Neal
    January 22, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    My 2017 goal plans is to be move active and walk more

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    Ruth Wollerton
    January 22, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    My goals are to be more organised and relaxed with my children and to have the most fun of all.

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    Maria Jane Knight
    January 22, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    My goals are to pass my driving test and loose 10lbs!!

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    Jayne Kelsall
    January 22, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    To spend more time with my kids, I always seem to be running around doing something, there are times when I need to stop and take in whats around me .x

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    Jessica Hutton
    January 22, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    To make the business my mum and I have just started a success xx

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    Emma Davison
    January 22, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    To lose some weight and improve fitness levels

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    Hayley Todd
    January 22, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    My goals for 2017 are to spend far less on things I don’t need, to save a set amount of my income every month and to de-clutter my life in many ways!

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    Emma Smith
    January 22, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    to be more appreciative to what we have

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    joanne casey
    January 22, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Definitely be more organised…I know what I need to do so this is the year Im going to do it instead of just “wingin it!”

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    jamie millard
    January 22, 2017 / 12:54 am

    better eating, more organised, work towards promotion

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    Lynsey Buchanan
    January 22, 2017 / 12:06 am

    My goals are to continue with my HNC Studies in Quantity Surveying which I will complete in 2018 as well as working hard at work learning the job as a trainee QS.

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    Jo Glasspool
    January 21, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    To be more organised.

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    Sian Buckingham
    January 21, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I’dlike to just managed to be at least a little bit organised this year lol! This would certainly help! Good luck everyone!

  16. Avatar January 21, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    To get more organised and to get fit

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    Lisa Wilkinson
    January 21, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    To eat healthier meals

  18. Avatar January 21, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    My blog goals are to grow my Instagram a bit more and to still be blogging by the end of the year! What a fab giveaway lovely x

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    Deborah Bird
    January 21, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    To lose weight and hopefully to start university!

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    Karen R
    January 21, 2017 / 9:06 am

    My goal is mainly to survive the year, because my dd is sitting her GCSEs this year, and gets so stressed about life!

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    Carly Belsey
    January 20, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    To be organised for Christmas this year as I was so unorganised last year, it was a nightmare and to keep in touch with friends more

  22. Avatar January 20, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    I don’t know where I’d be without my bullet journal and all my Google Docs/ sheets where I plan x

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    Deborah Clarke
    January 20, 2017 / 2:23 am

    My goals are to overcome my agoraphobia and get out of the house more. A planner would help me track.my progress. Fab giveaway. Fingers crossed x

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    Paula cheadle
    January 20, 2017 / 12:21 am

    my goal this year is ;- to have more time for myself and to lose a bit of weight

  25. Avatar January 19, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    Great post, I have had a declutter which got the year off to a good start. Honestly, I would love to run a half marathon (maybe even a marathon), though even writing that down feels huge as I currently shuffle quite slowly having recently had a baby!

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    Dale Dow
    January 19, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    To get my fitness levels back

  27. Avatar January 19, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    I definitely want to become more organised in 2017. I also want to up my blogging game and start taking my blog mor seriously. Great competition lovely. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Emma Dormer
    January 19, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    To go back to college at the age of 38 to do a travel course Xx

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    michelle o'neill
    January 19, 2017 / 9:29 am

    to travel more x

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    January 19, 2017 / 3:02 am

    To get healthier and fitter.

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    Tee simpson
    January 18, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    To see more of my family

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    holly harmsworth
    January 18, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    To pass my driving test and to add to my family tree that I started last year

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    January 18, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    walk more and pray more

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    Kat Glynn
    January 18, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    To be more organised is my goal for 2017

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    beky austerberry
    January 18, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    To pass my driving test

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    Rich Tyler
    January 18, 2017 / 1:27 am

    To eat less junk food, in the vauge hope it helps me get my bmi down! eek!

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    Caroline cummins
    January 17, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    My goals for 2017 are to go clean organic foods only for me and my family, and also to try hard to save some money, even if it’s a small amount.

  38. Avatar January 17, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    I’m hoping to be a whole lot more organised in 2017! I love the planner! xo

  39. Avatar January 17, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    What a lovely planner, I love my to-do lists and always have to have a planner by me

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    Yadira cruz
    January 17, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I need to be organized now with 2 girls and a new job I have no time for myself

  41. Avatar January 17, 2017 / 12:10 am

    I definitely need to get more organised. I buy so many planners and notebooks but don’t get any use out of them, oops!

  42. Avatar January 16, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    My goals for 2017 is to drink more water and keep active! 🙂

  43. Avatar January 16, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    I love my stigu planner. I’ve been using once since last May and couldn’t be without it now

  44. Avatar January 16, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Great tips and im loving my Stigu! They have thought of everything havent they!

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    Hannah Wood
    January 16, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Some good tips and love the planner such a good way.

  46. Avatar January 16, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I can’t work if I’m surrounded by clutter, it really messes with my head and I can’t concentrate. Love Stigu planners too, I got one for myself this year. Jo x

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    Rebecca Williams
    January 16, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    I would like to get my finances in order 🙂

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    Angela Key Milnes
    January 16, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Ohh I really love this and I need to be more organized when I have two boys I didn’t get the chance to be more organized I’m a stay at home mom and work at home mom and I’m always in a rush to finish all my work just for my kids and since we don’t have a nanny I’m doing all

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    leanne weir
    January 16, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    To become a better person

  50. Avatar January 16, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Ooh I entered the giveaway I would love to win. My goal for this year is to find a new job, find new ways to monetize content and pay off my debt. Having a planner would definitely help me to organize my life.

  51. Avatar January 16, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Fab tips here! I find setting goals and planning my time seems to help me stay organised x

  52. Avatar January 16, 2017 / 11:16 am

    I need all the help I can, I can just about remember what day it is currently!

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    January 16, 2017 / 8:53 am

    I would be lost without my planner. This one looks great!

  54. Avatar January 16, 2017 / 12:59 am

    Setting goals monthly is something I need to start! I think that is such a great idea!

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    Patricia Avery
    January 15, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    70 this year, and determined to make the most of every day I wake up fit and healthy 🙂

  56. Avatar January 15, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    I am trying to learn my limits at the moment and keep on top of all I have committed myself too. I tend to take on loads and get stressed which isn’t good. I think a planner might come in handy.

  57. Avatar January 15, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    A lovely post! I agree with all of these tips, maybe this is why I’m soo organised! My one main goal for 2017 is continue my blog schedule and stick to it for the whole year!

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

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    Sarah Wilson
    January 15, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    To find a job, and organise my garden!

  59. Avatar January 15, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    I definitely need to be more organized but I am not naturally organized by nature. I do set monthly and annual goals though 🙂

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    Sarah Lambert
    January 15, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I had my baby 4 weeks ago so my goal this year is to get back in shape ready for the summer 😀

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    January 15, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    i keep saying that i need to declutter but haven’t got around to it. ive been bullet journaling to keep me organised

  62. Avatar January 15, 2017 / 11:28 am

    My plan this year is to declutter the house and get organised. I hate mess but it seems to be a constant in my house at the moment.

  63. Avatar January 14, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    I have set social media targets for my blog but no real targets for myself.

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    amy bondoc
    January 14, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    im hoping to stop smoking and have mroe fun in 2017!!

  65. Avatar January 14, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    I really need to get more organized this year. This planner sounds very good, especially that you need to stick to it 😉

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    Jo Carroll
    January 14, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    My goals this year is to conquer my fear of the road and to get back behind the wheel so that I can safely take my little fella to pre-school and home again. x

  67. Avatar January 14, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    I havent set any goals so far this year. I think we all have enough pressure in life to add to it x

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    January 14, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I moved house last year and I am determined to make it my home this year 🙂

  69. Avatar January 14, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    I love being busy but feel more organised with a planner as it means nothing slips through the cracks and somehow feel tidier x

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    Emma Lycett
    January 14, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    To qualify as a Yoga Teacher!!

  71. Avatar January 14, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    This planner sounds like a brilliant idea. Ive been meaning to use a planner for this year, they sound helpful

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    January 14, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    To run my first marathon! 🙂

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    abigail edkins
    January 14, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    To get a better paid job!

  74. Avatar January 14, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Love the Stigu stationery! Totally agree with everything you’ve said. We need to declutter our house. Declutters house = Decluttered minds 😉 x

  75. Avatar January 14, 2017 / 11:04 am

    I love planning also! I like to get organised by filling in my monthly view halfway through the previous month.

  76. Avatar January 14, 2017 / 9:52 am

    I too have Monthly and annual goals written down to help me stay organised. I also have many planners that I use for day to day activities

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    Luna's mum
    January 14, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Must get off sofa and organised!

  78. Avatar January 14, 2017 / 8:19 am

    I haven’t actually set myself any goals (see why I need a planner?!) but I want to get Apples & Pips out there and really grow the business because I love my beautiful shop! I also want to enjoy Martha’s first birthday (whilst weeping about never having a baby again!) and enjoy Toby’s final year before school xx

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    January 14, 2017 / 12:22 am

    To graduate with a 1st is my ultimate goal of 2017!

  80. Avatar January 13, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    I absolutely love stationery like this! Great competition! In 2017 I’d love to be able to get myself into a proper routine!

  81. Avatar January 13, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    This year I would like to be more organised and to lose a bit of weight x

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    January 13, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    I have 7 stone to lose so 2017 has to be a motivational one

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    Sarah Mackay
    January 13, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    My main goal is to learn to drive

  84. Avatar January 13, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I have so many goals for this year but I need to make some blogging goals for sure

  85. Avatar January 13, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Being organised really makes a difference in my life, if I do not stay organised I suffer for it. It is very important to know your limits and not take on more than you can handle and writing out your goals/plans monthly and yearly is very helpful. It lets you look ahead and plan accordingly.

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    Pauline jaconelli
    January 13, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Going back to work again. I’m desperate to get back out there again but my ex partner works all the hours of the day and it’s hard for me to find some hours around his and working and using childcare would cost me a fortune while he pays a very small amount to me that wouldn’t even pay for one days nursery for 1 child never mind after school care for the other. So my little boy is starting nursery soon and I hope to be back in work asap!

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    January 13, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    I really need to get myself one of these organizers, i’d like my blog to be better organized

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    hayley berry
    January 13, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    My plans are to lose some weight so i can have an awesome 40th birthday

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    emma walters
    January 13, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    i want to try really hard to save up for a holiday for the family x

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    January 13, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I really need to implement some of your ideas. I hadn’t realised how fast my blog would grow and now I need to plan more, divided my day up so I can maximise my time and plan ahead to future dates. You seam to have it nailed, well done great organisational skills right there x

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    simon tutthill
    January 13, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    it has to be to lose some more weight

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    Isabel O
    January 13, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    I have been vegetarian my whole life but this year I want to make the switch to vegan. 🙂

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    Stacey Carnell
    January 13, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Return to work after maternity leave and have an interview for the promotion i want. Make as many fun memories with my son and family as possible 🙂

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    Tracey Peach
    January 13, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    To get to the end of it in one piece 😛

  95. Avatar January 13, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Ooh I’ve been after one of these for ages but I’ve not been organised anough to actually order one ?

  96. Avatar January 13, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I adore stationery. If all I got for every birthday and christmas was stationery stuff I would be a happy girl. Loved this post and the tips!! x

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    January 13, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    This year I am definitely going to try and be more organised. I am making lists every day and it’s helping.

  98. Avatar January 13, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    One of my goals is to make a career out of blogging so I can stay at home and work around my children.

  99. Avatar January 13, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I was without my family wall calendar for the first week of this year as I wasn’t organised enough. I didn’t know if I was coming or going! I am not very good with a diary as I tend to put it in my bag and leave it there but I need my wall planner! It has a column for each of us. My children have better social lives than I do! x

  100. Avatar January 13, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Oh my gosh they are gorgeous and just what I need. I am quite possibly one of the least organised people ever! 2017 is the year I am determined to be more organised!

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