Thursday, 14 January 2016

How I Organise My Diary

Since starting the new year, I have made a conscious effort to become more organised and more aware of what I am doing with my life and part of that was buying a new diary. Now, despite the fact I like the idea of being one of those people who are like - Oh, am I free next Saturday? Wait, let me check the diary! - becoming more organised is something that I have wanted to do for quite a while but couldn't quite break out of the routine of laziness. 2016 is the year I would like to become more independant and for me, organising my life is the way to do that!

I picked up my diary from Sainsburys, I did have a look on Paperchase and other good stationery websites but I couldn't find anything I liked the look of! This was a bargain though, it is usually £8 but I got it for £4 on a sale they were having. It is absolutely perfect for me, it has enough space for me to write my daily tasks and to-do lists, and having lots of sections to write different information on. I like a big enough diary to write comfortably in, but I also like to carry it around so this is the perfect size!

I start off organising my diary by planning my week ahead, typically on a Sunday night. I don't know why, but this prepares me for what I have to do and what is coming up in the week so I can get ready for it. For example, I usually plan what nights I will revise and what nights I have after school clubs so I can get my equipment ready!

There is a birthday section in the back of the diary, so I list peoples birthdays off the top of my head down there! If someone tells me what date their birthday is, then I will jot it down in the appropriate section so I won't forget to buy them a card or a present. This makes me feel so much relaxed knowing I won't be the one who awkwardly says they have left the present at home...

The planner has a day to day view, so I list everything I need to do in it and things I need to remember. I also list things that I need to pass on to other people, such as some school dates to my mum or a piece of homework that my friend was absent in etc. This helps me remember important things so I don't look like an idiot when the occasion actually rolls around!

Finally, there is a notes section at the back of my diary which I use for my birthday wishlist and blog post ideas! I did try having two separate notebooks for my blog planning, but I found myself just using my diary instead because it was just so much easier! I just jot down any ideas that I have and could produce into blog posts, and I will flick through when I am writing and photographing blog posts!

How do you organise your diary?


  1. Lovely post! I am a sucker for this kind of post! I am thinking of getting a personal planner and planning my week ahead on a Sunday!!! Xx

    1. Thank you Nicole! Hope your planning goes well! x

  2. I just love having a new diary!! So nice to get organised! x

  3. Such a steal! I didn't know Sainbury's did planners like that, I would have picked one up from there if I'd known!
    I still haven't got a planner yet.. Just goes to show how organized I am lol x
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    1. I was surprised too - I'm going again next year for sure! x

  4. I also start off by jotting down all the people's birthdays I can think of! I use a moleskine planner and on the left side it's the days of the week, and on the right side it's just plain ruled paper. I love it because it's like half notebook, half planner, and I can write down to-do lists as well. :)

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  5. You're so organized and prepared, Paige (something I'm working on!!)! Do you prefer to keep your diary simple and clean, or do you decorate with stickers and such?


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