How To Organize Your Life When You Are Super Disorganized

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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If you are anything like me, you probably feel the pains of disorganization far too often. You try to keep everything in order, but there's always a set of keys, a pair of sunglasses, or your favorite pair of jeans that have just vanished into thin air. Perhaps the jeans were in the pile of laundry you threw in the spare bedroom when that guest showed up unannounced. Or maybe your sunglasses got tossed into the backseat of your car- along with that paperwork that you threw over your shoulder.

Honestly, I can't help you there. I can't help you find your jeans or keep you from throwing stuff hastily into the back of your car. I can't help you because I do it too and don't have any answers as to how to fix it. But what I can help you with, is organizing your to-do list. I can help you with organizing the big tasks, appointments, and agendas of your day- so that you aren't quite as frazzled, and maybe won't be so disorganized with the little stuff.

How to Organize Your Life When You are a Disorganized Person


Since I am a nanny who also works as a Virtual Assistant for two different people, I produce occasional content for someone else's blog, and run, promote and schedule my own blog content and social media posts, it's safe to say that if I tried to do everything from memory I would not make it very far. Even if I wasn't a very forgetful person (and I am), there's no way that I could keep it together on my own!

Enter my magical helper: The Happy Planner!

The Happy Planner is the best planner I've had thus-far. It's cute, it's fun, it's budget-friendly, and it is inspiring. It offers plenty of daily spaces to jot down your to-do lists, a monthly calendar to keep up with bigger, monthly tasks, a place to write out your hopes for the month, birthdays for the month, and what you've been loving during the month.

The thing I love most about The Happy Planner is that there are three blocked sections for each day of the week. There is plenty of space, but it is also great for organizing the different facets of my day. I use each block for something separate. For example, in my planner, I use the first block for my blog and VA tasks of the day. In the second block, I list any and all blog groups I've participated in that day, and what I need to do to fulfill that group's requirements. In the third block, I list anything personal and non-bog related. Anything from mopping the floors, babysitting for a friend, or going in to my nannying job at a different time of day than I normally do. It works so nicely and keeps me on track!


Another thing I use The Happy Planner for is to organize my content for the month. Since the monthly calendar is big enough to jot down the name of a post I am wanting to write, I just use that as my "content calendar". All this means is that after a brainstorming session for upcoming posts, I go to the monthly calendar and pick what dates would be best for each post. For example, I would like to write a post about respecting authority, and since next Monday is President's Day, I scheduled the post for that day. It just helps me have a general idea of what I need to be writing and when.


In additional to the fact that I love the way that it is laid out, The Happy Planner also has an inspiring quote on the monthly calendar and some fun extras like monthly goal-setting sections, monthly birthday sections, and a "things I'm loving this month" section. (shown below).




The thing that makes me think that The Happy Planner would be great for pretty much anyone, is that it is completely customizable. You can have a large planner (like mine), a medium-sized planner, or even a miniature planner. You can pick your cover, you can buy extra inserts to extend your calendar, you can buy budgeting inserts, pretty stickers, fitness planners, or bulk packages with The Happy Planner smorgasbord!

Friends, this is not a sponsored post. I have shared my Amazon affiliate links with you in case you are genuinely interested in getting the planner, but I want you to succeed and find a way to get more organized. I think this could help you, but whatever it is that will help you feel less frazzled is the way to go. I just know that I feel SO much better and SO much more on top of things when I use my Happy Planner well.  This disorganized gal needs all the help she can get!










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30 comments

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    1. Do you have one too? I really love it!

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  2. I love being organized, writing to-to lists and planning my days. I will definitely check The Happy Planner. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  3. I love my happy planner-- it keeps me so organized and I love the disc bound system which allows me to move things around easier!

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  4. I love planners!! This one is so cute and I love the bright happy colors. I also like how you utilized the blocks. Very helpful. If I didn't already have a planner for this year, I would have considered getting this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I LOVE my Happy Planner! Mine looks a little different because I got the un-dated one (I add my own months and dates), but it's so nice to have everything listed out! :)

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  6. I FINALLY got a planner and it's been such a game changer. I can keep track of my blogging homework assignments, blog posts and even chores around the house.

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  7. Great stuff, you always have good ideas! I need to organize my blog prep a lot better. I don't have a planner, but might just have to add it to my list of things to buy.

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  8. You were one of the ones who recommended this planner to me in the BBP and I purchased it. So glad I did because i love it!! I'm still playing around with the best way to organize everything in it but it provides a lot of options.

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  9. I like seeing how other people organize their lives and use their planners - I feel like I always get such good ideas on how to tweak my own planner! I never use the monthly calendar in my planner but using it for blog content planning is excellent advice!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

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    1. Thanks! That's about the only thing I use it for- other than big events.

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  10. I love planners. They make life sooo much easier! I'm one of those people who HAS to write everything down or I'll go crazy.

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    1. I know! I have to as well!
      I will not remember if I don't take the time to write it down.

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  11. This looks like a great planner. Sometimes planners have so much going on that they are overwhelming and I end up not using it. But I think I could get behind this one.

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    1. This one is certainly bright, but I feel like it is organized well so it balances out.

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  12. I've been thinking about getting a planner, but I'm afraid that I will feel like I failed if I don't complete my scheduled activities.

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    1. Start small! I miss a lot of my tasks honestly. It's more about having it written down so you know what you need to be doing. If some tasks have to be left for the next day (as long as they aren't super time sensitive) that's totally ok.

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  13. I've seen a lot of people with the Happy Planner! I've been trying out a new one every year for the past few years and just can't seem to find one that I love. Maybe I'll check this one out. :)

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  14. Happy Planners are SO cute!!! I made my own this year but pulled some elements from theirs like goals and I put in a spot for affirmations and stuff

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    1. You made your own! That's awesome! Are you planning a post about that?

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    2. Maybeeee! ;-) It's too soon to say TBH! I did a big share of it on Insta-stories the first week in January!

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  15. I love my planner! Writing things down is definitely key to staying on top of everything that needs to get done in a day!

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  16. This planner looks like so much fun! I've been slacking with physical planners lately!

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  17. Yes yes yes!! Planners are seriously the best, and I think that the Happy Planners are super cute!

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  18. I love this. I bought the Brilliant Life Planner this year (happy birthday to me!) and it's been super helpful but honestly I kind of like the look of this more. Does it have a scheduling section or just the block section? I can't decide which is more practical for me!

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  19. I've seen quite a few people recommend this planner now! I tried a Plum Paper Planner for the first time this year and I'm obsessed!

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  20. Awesome idea! Definitely need some help in the time management department sometimes. Thanks for the idea!

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  21. The monthly spread in that planner is just perfect! Most I see just have the calendar written into it.

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  22. I love seeing how other people stay organized, and the weekly view with your personal, blog, etc... sections gave me such an "a-ha" moment! I don't know why I don't organize each day like that! I'm overall a very organized person, but I have been struggling to keep tasks straight or meet my personal deadlines. LOVE this little Happy Planner! Definitely checking it out!

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