Early sunrise. Black coffee. The entire year laid out in front of me. Quite a bit to take in at seven in the morning, but there’s really nothing like a fresh start. I’ve started this The Art of Organisation series to keep myself accountable for being organised this year and also to share some insight on how I do things while I’m at it. I’m in no way the most organised person ever – on the contrary, I tend to be an all-over-the-place kind of woman, but being a ninety percent Type A personality, such tendencies drive me up the wall – but I’m very much hoping this will all change in 2015. Only time, actions, and godforsaken consistency (sigh) will tell.
So.. where do I start when there seems to be ten million things to work on? There’s really no concrete first step when it comes to organisation, but what I’ve found to be a foolproof way so far would be to first and foremost invest in a planner, so you can then use it to plan everything else. I’ve been using a planner for years, be it on the Calendar app on my iPhone/iPad (paired with Notes, Evernote, and several other productivity apps) or an actual solid, and I guess you could say more tangible, Filofax. This year, I’ve reverted to the latter, shamelessly because I’d like to improve and maintain my handwriting, which has deteriorated to such atrocious levels with the rise of technology.
As mentioned in my previous post, I ordered a new planner not too long ago as I could finally afford those from the higher-end stores (thank you, working life). It arrived a few days later, all delicate tissue paper and gilded leather. It’s from kikki.K, an Australian brand inspired by Swedish design values and principles. Talk about international. Unfortunately, this is no longer in stock as it’s a seasonal/limited edition design, but do have a look at their website if you’re interested in them as they do carry a lot of similar, beautiful products.
And this is what it looks like by default, fresh out from the packaging. I’ve yet to change and personalise the setup, which is more or less an experience on its own. I’m not much of a decorator when it comes to these things, to be honest – function still triumphs over form here, somewhat – but I’ll probably spruce it up with some pictures and gold ink. And other sorts of paraphernalia as I progress through the year.
So, the takeaway? Chinese – perhaps some stir-fry and those delicious noodles that come so wonderfully in a white cardboard box from a shop just outside the South Kensington tube station in London. Fine, I kid.
This seems especially fitting for the start of the year, what with it being synonymous with new beginnings, blank canvases to be filled with new journeys and unbridled vigour in the most vibrant of colours. So with that said, here’s the start of my journey, and my organisation process. Bon voyage.