How To Put The Enjoyment Into Your Everyday Mundane Tasks (On the Cheap!)

For the past year I have been on a course of self-improvement in the way I do things. Whilst people will preach that you should eat healthy, exercise more, sleep earlier, and stay in school, those things are a given.

What if you could just make everything you do something to look forward to. That’s what I have been attempting to do. Let me explain.

Self improvement is a continuous process – we are always trying to achieve more than we already are. Well, most of us. I’m kind of on the fence. Not quite productive and amazing in every facet of life, but I like to think I am in some! I bet a lot of other people are in the same boat. However no matter what you’re good at, there are many things you aren’t good at, and consequently don’t enjoy.

What I discovered recently is that I was taking a lot of those things and attempting to get good at them, or at least make them fun!

Enough Philosophical Crap…

OK, onto the point of this post. I will give you three examples of things I previously disliked, or didn’t do all that often, and how I’m working to make them enjoyable, regular parts of my life.

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My Midori Traveller’s Notebook: The Perfect Organised Life

Travellers Notebook Full Photo

I’ve done it. I’ve finally got my Traveller’s Notebook right where I want it.

For those of you that don’t know about the Midori Traveller’s Notebook, think of it as a super DIY Filofax, except cheaper, nicer, and with a better philosophy (at least in my opinion).

I’ll get on to those points later, but first a reason for this post.

My lovely girlfriend, Charlotte, gave it to me a couple of years ago for my Birthday (I don’t remember exactly when). I said I had to have one, and she agreed. I never really loved it, although I always liked it, because it didn’t quite encapsulate my whole life until about two weeks ago. Previous to that I had tried putting all manner of different things inside it without really liking the result, and so it became just another random notebook in my (fairly vast) collection. However, I did nickname it “Travers” (pronounced “Travis”), which created a little bit more of a bond with it.

This post is me convincing you of why it’s very rewarding having something personal and unique to write your thoughts, ideas, and tasks in. If you organise yourself in a more effective, private, and personal way, you feel more connected with your work. Once your notebook is filled with your ideas, you feel like they’re truly “yours”, be it a Filofax, Moleskine, a Midori, or others.

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How to make a basic, yet effective, to do list

Organisation is something that everyone should do, and something that many people want, but┬ácan’t do. People try complex systems such as GTD (Get Things Done) and buy hundreds of pages of “to do list notepads” under the assumption that if a┬ásystem works for this person, it’s sure to work for me. This simply isn’t true. Whilst many people may thrive with an over-the-top organisation system, others just want to see what needs to be done, do it, and get on with their other work.

I tried many different systems, and have finally settled on my current one which has worked for longer than any other. It’s fairly simple, and many of these ideas are borrowed off Charlotte (she should have an organisation advice hotline). I’ll take you through how I keep track of (and prioritise) tasks for work, university, and other areas of my rather busy life. While this may not work 100% for you, hopefully you get at least a few ideas from it and then go on to formulate your own brand of organisation!

An Example To Do List

Two different types of lists, one with a structure and prioritisation, and one that is a simple checklist (here, I am checking off pens I expect in the mail in order to keep track of them)

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