Future Planning and Weekly Checklist

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Everybody loves to save time, in a society that is constantly looking to be productive and organised there are always tips and tricks to minimise the time we spend doing the tasks we need to get through each week.

I am one of these people, even though I am not currently working I am always on the lookout for ways to be productive with the time I do have.

I rarely get any time to myself and when I do it’s usually spent planning the next day, week ahead, on my blog, reading etc. I like to try and get as much done within that time as I possibly can otherwise it can be a good few days before I get any more time (toddlers are soooo demanding).

Well I thought I would share with you some of my tips and tricks when it comes to planning productivity and my weekly task checklist to ensure I have those little things accounted for.

When it comes to planning there are a few things which I like to do in advance.

1) Decoration – I always decorate 4 weeks at a time. I like to know that everything is ready to use as and when it maybe needed. Some people may not like this as decorating weekly is part of their planning process however I leave my blog planner to do weekly but always pre-decorate my everyday. It’s one less thing for me to worry about.

2) Schedule Tasks – Once I have decorated my 4 weeks I then go through and add in any birthdays, appointments, calls, emails that are upcoming and I schedule in all my tasks such as laundry, rubbish, ironing, hoovering etc. I have a housework schedule that rarely differs week to week so it’s easy enough to do.

3)  Monthly Goals – At this point I usually write up my goals for the next month ahead. What I want to have achieved when it comes to doing my next set of weeklies. This is also handy to look back on to see where you may have failed, mistakes you’ve made and what you’ve learnt

So there are my top top 3 future planning tips.

Each week however I have checklist which I like to do through to ensure that some actions are taken care of but the days can differ week to week.

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My weekly checklist consists of;

1) Scheduling ‘me’ time – I have to do this to ensure that I remember to look after myself. If I didn’t I’d end up doing housework or things for other people. I also use this time for blog planning, decorating and other planner goodness.

2) Schedule ‘miscellaneous’ time – This is just time where I plan not to plan. This for anything that may pop up that needs dealing with quickly that couldn’t be planned. This to to try and maximise productivity with my other tasks and minimise distractions.

3) Weekly To-Do List – This is pretty self explanatory. I list all the tasks I want done for the week and then prioritise the top 3-5 that are essential.

4) Menu Planning and Shopping List – I don’t plan my meals in advance for each day, instead what I do is write down 7 meals that I want for that week and just tick off which I have when I have them. That way I can be a bit more flexible with how I feel on that day. I also write a shopping list to correspond to what I need.

5) Theme My Days – This is an idea which was originally from Alexis over on Strange And Charmed and it’s very simple and rather brilliant.
Plan your days tasks according to their category, for example; do all house work in the same day, all paperwork in the same day etc. This maximises your focus and makes productivity higher.

There you have it, how I future plan and weekly plan.

If you have any tips or tricks I’d love to know them. I am always looking for ways to improve my process.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

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Planning A House Move – Tips and Tricks

I recently moved house, by recently I mean the last week. Been the super organised geek I am I tried to have everything organised. There were a few moments that were a little chaotic but those mostly were down to moving with a toddler.

I thought I would write a little guide of tips and tricks for moving. Things which I almost forgot and may not jump straight into the mind of those who are busy with a prospective move.

I thought I would start at the very beginning with tips for looking around houses.

First of all be honest with yourself and with your partner (if applicable). What are you both willing to live with and without, how much do you want to decorate, what specifically do you want?

Questions to ask the letting company/ landlord/lady:

  1. What type of Gas, Electric and Water meter does the property have?
  2. How much is the rent and bond?
  3. What TV/broadband does the property receive?
  4. Does the property have a digital ariel?
  5. Are tenants able to decorate the property?
  6. What are the neighbours like?
  7. When was the last Gas Safety Inspection?

*Don’t forget to check for evidence of mould on the walls, ceilings and floors*

There are also things which maybe of value to research before deciding on a location such as local shops, schools and things to do. Facebook is a great place to look for removal company too. We got a great deal with ours and he was absolutely fantastic and cheap.

Once you have applied and been successful in your application for a property there is then a list of things which need to be considered.

Things to do – not just packing but other things to prepare for the move. Cleaning of the old and new property, any repairs and meter readings from both properties.

It might be handy to take note of room sizes and window dimensions too.

When packing your belongs my advice would be to label all bags and boxes with contents and location it belongs. For example I had Kitchen boxes labelled with their belongings and also whether they were essential and non-essential so I knew what needed unpacking first. Colour coding could also be very useful too.

When dismantling furniture I used sandwich bags for the screws, labelled the bag and put all the bags in a shoe box which I had ready and out all the time.

I also had a last-minute pack checklist. This was primarily things which I needed with me to go to the new house asap. Items such as clothes for the next day, deodorant, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, kettle, tea, coffee, sugar etc.

I had a few cool bags (massive supermarket ones) ready to transport the freezer and fridge contents asap too.

Last and not least the call list. When moving there are many people who will need an update of address. Some of these include :

Council tax

Employer

Gas/electric

TV licence

Water

Mobile phone company

TV/broadband company

Credit card company

Any benefit offices

Any other places which are relevant such as Amazon, EBay, Etsy etc

And the most important – The Bank.

Moving is stressful and all we can do is be prepared. I hope that my list of tips and advice will come in helpful for anyone planning a move:)

Sections I had in my planner:

*Important Info -Dates, Contact Numbers, Reference Numbers etc

*Room Dimensions

*Things to pack by Room

*People/Companies to Call

*Things to Remember

*Things to Buy

*Last Minute Pack List

 

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

 

 

Get Your Spring Clean On…

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It is that time of year where the majority of us want to Spring clean. The sun is shining more, the day is brighter, warmer and we feel stale!

I love a good clean. It feels so good to be in a house completely dust free and fresh.

This year I am moving on April 1st so my Spring clean came in the way of packing and de-cluttering. However I usually have a check-list which I go through in order to bring my house into the new year.

I had intended to provide you a printable my lack of time to figure out how to add it meant that it will just be some photos of my planner and handwritten check-list.

Once I have moved I will look into adding a printable for you.

So for now here are the things I have on my check-list.

Apologies for the darkish pics, my paper is yellow and doesn’t photograph well.
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Thank you for reading:)

The Stationery Geekette x

Upcoming Posts: The Change Your Outlook and Be More Positive Series including posts on Changing Your Outlook, Top Tips for Positivity and Positivity In My Planner