5 Ways to Make the Most of your Diary

‘What gets scheduled gets done” Our Workshops consultant Sue Glasser shares her top tips on using your diary, planner or calendar to take back control of your time.

Did you know that one of the top 3 new year resolutions is to GET MORE ORGANISED?

Using a diary or planner effectively will allow you to take back control of your time and ultimately help you get more organised. Below are a few tips on how to do just that!

  • Let’s start with some questions:

Do you purchase a diary each year and use it for a few weeks and then lose interest?

Do you have a planner and use it as a time keeper only?

Is your to do list turning into a “never get to do” list?

A diary or planner should not only be used to include your current and future appointments, assignments or project deadlines ( a time keeper) but it should also include all the tasks that need to be done in order to prepare for that appointment, assignment or project.

Ever heard the saying “Something you can do anytime – you will do no time? ”

Always set a deadline to achieve a task because WHENEVER will become NEVER.

Are you a list maker? The best way to ensure we get things done is by allocating our TO DO list into our diary or planner.

Remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed by how much you need to get done you will not do anything at all. Break things down into bite sized pieces. Every big job is only a lot of little jobs put together – so tackle them one task at a time.

  • 5 top tips on making the most of your diary or planner

1. What gets scheduled gets done. If you want to do something make sure it has been allocated a time in your calendar.

2. To do lists are just a lot of things you ” might “get to unless each task is scheduled into your diary.

3. Colour coding is your best time management tool. Colour code your “spinning plates” to easily distinguish what needs to be done and when in each area of your life. eg: Work – BLUE, Family – GREEN, Me Time – PINK, Goals – ORANGE

4. Plan, prioritise and schedule your tasks – Decide what needs to be done to achieve a task. This is your action plan. Decide which order they need to be done in and then  make sure each step is allocated into your diary. Break all jobs down into manageable amounts of focused time.

5. Multi tasking is a myth as it means you are doing many things reasonably well. This then makes us feel unaccomplished. Single tasking means you are focusing on one job at a time and completing it. How much better is that?

Feeling inspired to take back control? Discover our 2019 Diaries here.

How to Decorate your Sweet Planner

Attention planner lovers: We think this might be our sweetest planner yet! Discover our favourite ways to decorate yours and embrace the benefits that come from slowing down, putting pen to paper and reconnecting with what matters. Watch our video below for inspiring ideas on how to customise your planner and make it your own.

We used…
Personal Planner
Sticker Book
Sticker Sheets 2pk
Everyday Gel Pen
Quote Cards Set of 10
Greeting Cards
A5 To Do List Pad
Embroidered Paper Clips
Adhesive Notes 2pk
Pencil Case
Mini Stationery Kit

Add some daily inspiration

Spend time thinking about how you’ll decorate your planner to suit your needs and your personality. Then, add your own unique touch with your favourite products from our Sweet Collection. The Quote Cards Set of 10 in this collection are not only beautifully designed but are full of inspirational words of wisdom – perfect for decorating the tabs of your planner. Choose your favourite characters from the adorable Sticker Book to attach quotes throughout.

Sweet Collection

Take control of your schedule

Keep on top of your schedule with the functional and beautiful A5 To Do List Pad available with this collection – and feel the satisfaction of ticking off each item as you accomplish it. Write everything down using the Everyday Gel Pens in this range – they’re the perfect partner for your new planner. Create a feature of your to-do lists and attach them to your planner’s monthly or weekly calendar pages with the irresistible Embroidered Paper Clips.

Mark important appointments, dates or events in your calendar by highlighting them with characters from the Sweet Sticker Sheets. This collection includes a wonderful assortment of hand-drawn designs, perfect for customising your planner and marking any occasion.

Prioritise your daily tasks

Give a special touch to your daily tasks and be inspired to focus on your top priorities by decorating the inside To Do pages of your planner. We’ve used a selection of stickers, Adhesive Notes and even some of the unique Greeting Cards from this collection – specifically the Ray of Sunshine sunglasses-shaped greeting card.

Stay organised and celebrate the little things with our latest Personal Planner. Tap into your imagination and customise yours to suit your style and be inspired to live your best life every day.

Let us know how you’re using your planner on social media with #kikkiKPlannerLove

 

How to Get Organised with RVK Loves

Words & images by Rebecca Sterling

In a world of iPhone notes, hurried emails and apps promising to help with organisation, what I really crave is putting pen to paper. It just helps me organise all the virtual tabs that are open in my mind with the act of physically writing down my to do lists and ticking off tasks. And there’s no greater feeling than feeling organised and buying pretty stationery to do so – that proud, excited back to school feeling all over again.

How to get organised with RVK Loves

Most of my work, as a blogger, is done on a laptop from home. I like to fill my desk, and house, with stacks of notepads, journals and pads to use for my copious list making to stay on top of everything both work and life admin related. Whether it’s lists for grocery shopping, meal planning, new goals, invoice reminders, holiday packing or just general to-dos, if it’s not on the list, it more than likely won’t get remembered. So I like to keep a notebook in my bag, one by my bed and the majority of my planners/journals by my laptop. I also travel for work fairly often which means lots of trip admin to take care of, with calendars, lists and notes on booking references/dates.

As a person I’m a natural planner, I can’t settle until I know what needs doing and love more than anything to plan ahead for things. So wanting to be organised comes fairly naturally to me. But if you’re wanting to gain more head space here are some of my top tips for staying organised;

RVK Loves

My top tops for staying organised:

  • Keep a tidy uncluttered desk, it will instantly make you think a bit clearer.
  • Write down everything even if you think you’ll remember it. Because most likely by morning you’ll have forgotten.
  • Having a notebook by your bedside means you can write down any pressing, last minute stresses or thoughts before bed {or the middle of the night!} without having to subject yourself to the blue light glow of your phone.
  • If you finish an ingredient when cooking, add it to your supermarket shopping list. If you haven’t been paid yet, make sure it’s on your ‘to chase’ list. Etc etc. You can never have too many! I like to have one master list with each of these under a different section and then carry over any unfinished tasks when the page is complete.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of striking off a task, I heard a study once that said you’re more productive when you see that you’ve already ticked things off of your list.
  • Write monthly reminders in advance in your diary to complete those dull but necessary tasks like backing up your laptop.
  • Having a good planner, so you can see your busy dates ahead of time makes planning new projects a lot easier and spaces everything out better.
  • Equally I like to look at the start of the month for any upcoming birthdays/significant dates to get prepared and avoid last minute stress.
  • Meal planning each week means less food waste, a faster food shop and less time spent going to the grocery store every few days.
  • Add something that makes you happy to your desk when working. For me it’s fresh flowers in the summer and cosy candles in the winter. And always a big bottle of water to keep hydrated.
  • Have something that motivates you nearby when working. My favourite, empowering phrase is ‘you’ve got this’.
  • Try and get ahead as much as you can. You’ll pay the price in advance as my Dad always told me and really feel like you’ve earned your relaxation time.
  • But equally as work & life gets busier, I now recognise that sometimes you just have to take time out before everything is done. It’s all about prioritising and balance.

I hope these tips help you embrace better organisation so you can spend more time on what really matters.

Rebecca x

Discover the Oh So Lovely Collection here.

Our Favourite Meal Planning Tips

It’s incredible what a difference a healthy diet can make to our lives. When we have the right mix of nutrients in a well balanced and considered diet, it’s easy to embrace more energy and truly feel like the best version of ourselves. This can have ongoing benefits that touch every area of our lives from our fitness to our work and even our personal relationships.

Here at kikki.K, we believe meal planning and better organisation can help anyone enjoy a more balanced diet. That’s why we’re so excited to present our newest foodies collection, Hemlagat (Swedish for home cooking), which is full of stylish meal planners, grocery lists and kitchen organisation tools.

We want to help you embrace the art of meal planning, so here are some of our favourite tips. Why not try them with the new collection?

Think weekly
Whichever day you decide to meal plan, it helps to think about the week as a whole. That way, you won’t get to the weekend and decide to order take-out again! We love keeping our magnetic Meal Planner Pad conveniently on the fridge to plan all meals for the week ahead. Managing your time and money will be a piece of cake and it will help you avoid making last minute decisions.

5 Meal Planning Tips for Healthy Eating

Keep a shopping list
There’s nothing more frustrating than starting a recipe and then realising you’re out of a pantry staple. Keep a shopping list in your kitchen (again, on the fridge works best) and write down your needed ingredient before it actually runs out. Whoever is heading to the grocery store next can just grab the list and pick up everything on it. If for whatever reason you can’t get that item, don’t forget to write it back down on the list pad for the next trip.

Prepare to snack
It’s so easy to be foiled by last minute snacking choices. Rather than reaching for a bag of chips at 3pm, make sure you have something healthy already planned, like nuts, fruit or a homemade, low-sugar slice.

Shop local
Is there a local market you can visit for your fruit and veg? Often this is a much-more cost effective way to shop and the produce is often fresher and better quality. Take a shopping tote and love stocking up on delicious fresh produce. Local butchers and fish mongers are also a much better choice than the local supermarket. Build a rapport with the staff and let them guide you to the healthiest, most cost-effective cuts.

Get the whole family involved
Meal planning should never just sit with one person if you’re cooking for your family. Get everyone excited about cooking by involving each person in researching and choosing recipes. Be sure to get kids helping out in the kitchen as soon as they’re able to, even if it’s just by stirring (and tasting) the pasta sauce! Healthy eating and cooking skills start at home, after all.

What are you meal planning tips? Be sure to share them with us on social media.

Feeling inspired? Discover our new collection here.

If you’d like to find out more about how healthy eating can help us live with more energy, we really recommend reading Dr Libby Weaver’s Exhausted to Energised.