Mental health can be a funny thing – one minute you feel like you are on top of the world, and the next you feel broken. Throughout the past two years I have learnt a lot about my mental health, how to control it, triggers and the small things that can improve my mental state. My grandmother always told me “clean life, clean mind”, which in recent years I have found to be very true.
I created this blog back in 2017, in the middle of a mental breakdown. I felt a loss of control in my life, and decided to create an online platform to use as a journal. The one thing my viewers loved about Daisies and Bruises, was its relatability. Throughout the past two years, you are able to see the progress of my mental health, from depressing thoughts to motivational poetry. The good news is, that I am a much happier person than I was two years ago, and for once feel I have a future and purpose. So, because of this, I aim to continue on the blog with tips and techniques I have used over the past two years that have helped better my mental state, whilst continuing the ‘online journal’ side also. In this post, I have included little organisation tricks and techniques I use daily, which allows me to feel a sense of control, in a rather crazy life.
If you are like me, then you would have loads of folders for different things. As a full-time student whilst running a business, my room is filled with folders for different subjects and business documents. To organise this, I use coloured file dividers, and colour code documents by subject. An example of this is my business tax documents – I colour code them by tax year, important documents and expenses. I also use these dividers in my university folders, colour coding by subject!
Despite my heavy workload and busy schedule, I am yet to have my own office. That means that all business and university work is kept in my room. To help with this, I use plastic containers which are stored under my bed, and labeled. I use these containers for folders, books, office supplies and anything else I may need some extra storage for!
As previously mentioned, I don’t have a lot of room for all of my business and university work, which means my room can be pretty crammed at the best of times, and draws are pretty full! To manage my space, I use small metal baskets on my dresser for my everyday skin-care and make-up products. By doing this, I have more storage space in my dresser draws.
A few months ago I was really struggling with book storage. As the University year was coming to end, and assignments were nearing, I found myself with a load more of books crammed in my little room. I saw an idea on Pinterest where this woman used old fruit crates as a bathroom shelf, and decided to do the same for my books. I got these old crates, stained them, and drilled them onto the wall. Not only does it keep all my books in one place, but also looks super cute in my bedroom!
Just like my bedroom, I also like to keep my diaries organised also! To do this, I have designed planners to help organise the business work. The first planner (above) was designed to keep track of all of my log-in details for the business. This includes social media such as Instagram, and more important information such as PayPal. By doing this, I never struggle to log in to any accounts, and always have a place to keep track!
The second planner I created (below) is a connections tracker. With this, I keep details of any businesses that I have/am working with, including names, email addresses and phone numbers. I also have a personal address book similar to this, but wanted to create something specifically for business contacts!
If you would like to download these planners, you will find the PDF file at the bottom of this post (free of charge)! They have been designed to print, you will be able to print as many as you want!
My diary has been my saviour for the past few years! I take it everywhere with me, and try to keep it as organised as possible! To do this, I colour code each day with four things – Urgent, important, things to remember and things I need to buy. I use this diary for everything – university, business and social. As well as this, I also have a calendar diary, that I also take everywhere, that holds my week schedule and plans!
Now this doesn’t have anything to do with organisation, but I do think it plays an important part in my mental health! A few months ago I began photo journaling (see post here: https://daisesandbruises.com/2020/07/15/the-power-of-photo-journaling/. Because of this, I emptied all of my photo frames in my room, and replaced the photos with inspirational quotes. As you can imagine, waking up to these every morning made me feel pretty good and motivated. So to finish off this post, I decided to include a couple of quotes that I have places around my room!
Thank you for reading this post, and I hope you have found some of the tips helpful! Have any other tips that you use? Let me know!