Top 5 Tips on Staying Organized and Efficient

March 7, 2016

Top Tips on Staying Organized - Style Blog Miki à la ModeIt’s been a very busy week.  Tom and I selected a new place to call home in this balmy, sunny city of LA.  We went looking for a new place, packed up and moved just a few days later.  Although we’re no longer living by the beach, Tom and I have decided to drive back to Santa Monica to take in the beautiful weather and start having regular weekend trips again.

With the last week and a half being so insanely busy, I’d been MIA from both fashion week and social media, and just completely missing out.  I had to tell myself that I could just catch up when I get settled in.  It’s good to remind ourselves to take breaks and just enjoy the moments we have to ourselves.  To make sure I don’t lose track and stay on top of all of the things I want to do, I have a few good habits that help me get through the week. 

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Top 5 Tips on Staying Organized & Efficient

1) Make a To-Do List & Prioritize

I always have things swimming in my head and need to take each down so I can completely forget about the task until I need to address it. To stay organized, I prioritize action items that need the most attention and make them time sensitive for a specific date to keep myself accountable.  Some things take longer to do, so if I want to order something and it needs to arrive by a specific date, I make sure I place the order for the goods to arrive at least a day in advance of the deadline.

2) Focus on the Bigger Picture & Accept that Everything Will Not Always Be Perfect

Finding efficient use of your time is learning that sometimes, very minor details that don’t impact the plan are worth letting go. Focusing too much on the things that are less trivial instead of seeing the bigger picture can really slow you down and stress you out, especially when you realize you’re running out of time.

3) Use Your Imagination & Think Outside of the Box

Sometimes what we want to have and achieve is not obtainable in the most typical way.  For example, on my list, I need furniture for my fireplace, but I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars making it look amazing.  I am not in a hurry to complete the space. It’s more important that I work within a budget and ensure that it is something I really love and so I have not made it top priority, but I’ve put things in motion so that I keep my eye open for a great deal.  I signed up for notifications at vintage shops and sale notifications at local furniture stores and estate sales so that I can be on top of things without having to always think about it.  Pinterest is also a great source for doing things the unconventional way.  I absolutely love it.

lifestyle-blog-tips-to-stay-organizedstyle-blog-top-tips-staying-organized4) Take Breaks & Reward Yourself

A great way to keep yourself motivated is to reward yourself when you’ve spent ample time checking off things on your task list. I may spend some time shopping online, read other blogs, take a steam shower, draw a bath, treat myself to some at-home pampering or enjoy a nice meal when I feel I’ve worked hard.  Taking a break to still enjoy the things you do helps you feel balanced, refreshed and ready to conquer the next thing on your list.

5) Stay Positive & Surround Yourself with Things that You Enjoy

For some, it can be hard to look at your list and not feel overwhelmed.  It can seem tedious to others.  Make your environment inviting and surround yourself with things that make it easier for you to complete your tasks.  When I need to be on my computer at home, I love sitting at a neat, cozy, yet lovely spot in my space with music, fresh flowers, a cup of coffee or tea, some snacks and in good light.  If I can’t get natural light, having good light is important to help you stay alert.  If I’m not at home, I am a sucker for cute cafès with good desserts and coffee or tea, too.  If it’s not too loud and in a beautiful trendy spot where I can get to look up and people watch once in awhile, that’s a bonus!

Comment below if you enjoyed this post. How do you stay organized or remain efficient?  I’d love to hear.

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Outfit: Earrings & Bag from Chanel.  Top from Forever21 on sale now here. Rockstud Heels from Valentino, new lighter color here.

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  • alice March 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Love these tips! I find that making a list is imperative to staying organized as well. Great shoot, obsessed with those teal pumps!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • miki March 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks so much! Always making lists! Haha. These are one of my favorite pairs, too. 🙂

  • Crissy March 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this photos! Your shoes are amazing!!! And congrats on the move! It must be a hectic time for you so good job on blogging!

    I really agree with #2 and #4! Those are things I definitely try to be mindful of when things get hectic. This year, post-it notes have been such a life saver! When I think of something I write it down and leave it on my computer screen or on my bathroom mirror. It’s been a great way to remind myself and I can always take it down when the task is complete (makes me feel more accomplished hahaha)!


    • miki March 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks so much Crissy!! I mean, I FINALLY got to this spot for pictures. It only took months, but I did it! >.<
      I always love the idea of post it notes on the mirror and love that people can keep track of tasks with them. 🙂 Gotta love all the cute and colored stationary that you can choose from, too!

  • Malena Andrade March 7, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Love these tips! I definitely think a positive attitude is important. I make to-do lists but I need to learn how to prioritize more! Oh I’m surprised you didn’t include chocolate as a reward 😉

    • miki March 7, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks Malena! Of course chocolate is part of my reward system! And ice cream. ?❤

  • Mademoiselle Coconath March 7, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Great tips! Your outfit and the place looks amazing!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

    • miki March 7, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks so much! ❤

  • Trang Do March 7, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Great tips! Beautiful photos!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • miki March 13, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks Trang!

  • Deasy Noel March 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Love this black and white outfit, with a beautiful pop of Valentino ;D I haven’t been to LACMA for aaages and you’re making me want to go there asap, haha. Number 1 is something that I must do in order to keep on track, but I need to do more of number 4 & 5, hehe.

    • miki March 10, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Deasy! 🙂 We should all do more numbers 4 & 5, shouldn’t we?! 🙂

  • Rhapsody Monday March 7, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Loving all your pictures!
    And great advice!! We are so jealous of the L.A weather, compared to the chilling temperature in Canada!
    Love xoxo

    • miki March 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      I know. It’s really weird for me as a Canadian. Experiencing such a hot winter is strange, but I’m not complaining! 🙂 Thanks!!

  • sahara March 9, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    I love the pop of blue in your outfit!


    • miki March 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Sahara! 🙂

  • Violette March 10, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Love this place!! I would love to visit it some day! x

    • miki March 10, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks so much Voilette! 🙂 I hope you get to check it out too. The exterior itself is cool to check out!

  • Chris March 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Once again your pictures are beautiful and advice wise! I too have found that ensuring you surround yourself with things you love and have a space that makes you feel good is so important.

    • miki April 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂