Written By: Jaclyn Ryan
Almost everyone starts off the New Year with certain goals to improve their lives, and a lot of us, when it comes right down to it, wish we could be more organized.
Whether you’re a student, a young professional, or a parent, taking the time to get organized can make a big difference in your life. Ask yourself, what do you want to take into 2022 to make this year the best year yet? It is not a New Year, New You but a New Year, BETTER YOU!
Let’s face it, for some people, organization is a difficult skill to master, but don’t despair–with the help of some handy tools from OOLY and a few simple tips, you will be right on track! A new year is a completely blank slate with lots of possibilities, so it is the ideal time to #OOLYcreateyourhappy on your terms.
Here’s how you can start getting organized this year, the OOLY way!
Make a Plan
Start off by making a plan for yourself. To prevent the feeling of being overwhelmed, start with a shortlist of specific ways to get organized. Planning is essential to staying organized, and it’s the first step.
Write It down
I find it is very useful to have something physical on display, such as a desk calendar, notebook, or a planner, to actually look at when it comes to reminders. Visible reminders are very helpful in keeping on track. Even a little note on your mirror stating #OOLYcreateyourhappy (I just LOVE OOLY’s mantra!!) or New Year, BETTER YOU can start your day on a positive beat.
Start with a Color Write Mini Pocket Pal Journal to keep all of your lists and ideas in one place. If you’re working on multiple lists, then using different colors can help you achieve that pristine organized look. The Unmistakeables Colored Pencils and Seriously Fine Felt Tip Markers are multi-purpose, and are great for notes and doodles.
Remember to keep your lists in one place so that you always know where to find them. Keep physical lists on your desk, or in an area that you frequently use.
Make a list of goals for yourself for the new year and write down the things that you would like to accomplish by the year’s end. The Color Write Fountain Pens add a lot of fun flare to your desk and notebooks. I always keep one nearby or with my notebook so I can cross things off my lists, and add to them with ease. Why is it so satisfying to cross those things OFF your to-do list?!?
Write down what will happen if you accomplish this goal. For example, a goal to save a certain amount of money will enable you to take that planned vacation at the end of the year. Try to always remember the “why” in the back of your mind as you set these goals because that will be key to staying motivated and achieving them.
When you add deadlines to your tasks it makes it easier to use your time efficiently. Two tips to help you achieve this is to make the most out of your time and not save things to the last minute. During busy times, prioritize which items are most important so that you don’t waste time working on things that don’t move the needle forward.
Pro tip: the Do-Over Erasable Highlighters are great for color-coding those high-priority items on your to-do list. The bold neon colors highlight important information for quick reference later, and the erasable ink lets you make mistakes without any worry!
Time To Declutter
The new year is a perfect time to get rid of some extra clutter in your life. Too much mess causes unnecessary stress that can also hinder your productivity.
Start small and work on one area of your home at once. Don’t be afraid to declutter and reorganize continuously throughout the year, either. Whether that is organizing that stack of art from your kiddos school or cleaning out your desk supplies to start anew!
Pro tip: Set aside a block of time at the end of each day to declutter-you’d be surprised how much you can get done in a short time! And with all the AWESOME OOLY products, organizing them into categories is super easy. From highlighters and pencils, to markers and paints….organizing has never been so COLORFUL!
With these tips, you can make 2022 your most organized year ever.
My favorite tools from OOLY that help me stay organized.
- Do-Over Erasable Highlighters
- Color Write Fountain Pens
- Seriously Fine Felt Tip Markers
- Make No Mistake Erasable Markers
- Unmistakeables Colored Pencils
- Color Write Mini Pocket Pal Journal