After a fruitless search to find a functional-yet-sleek diary, entrepreneur and influencer, Beck Wadworth took things into her own hands and founded An Organised Life in 2013. And with her first round of product selling out in just three weeks, it was proof enough that she was onto something. It seems that some of Australia's busiest women were also after a sleek monochromatic and minimalist aesthetic, and now, four years later, the brand has extended to a line stocked in over 70 stores.
But it doesn’t end at fulfilling your stationery needs, An Organised Life has also evolved into a bigger brand, with the website moonlighting as a go-to destination for ambitious women who want to gain inspiration from other like-minded folks, and, well, get organised. So far, the line up has included It girls, like our own girl boss, Alison Rice, Lara Worthington, Anine Bing, Brooke Testoni and Karen Walker.
The New Year may seem like a while away, but in reality, we’ve only got a few weeks left. And while we love winding down a year with ample celebration (we’re already thinking about this summer’s trending cocktail) the last few weeks of the year also serve as an exciting time to start thinking of what was, and what will be, and how to get prepped and inspired for 2018.
Keep scrolling to read how Wadworth prepares for the year ahead.
I set stepping stones each month or so to help achieve my goals, and I also celebrate the small successes along the way
HOW SHE STARTS THE NEW YEAR…
I love the new year. I find it very, very motivating and exciting. It’s a new chapter and a fresh year to push and challenge yourself. It’s also an amazing time to reflect on the year that has been. I head home to New Zealand for two weeks over Christmas and New Year's and have some R&R planned, which means making sure all loose ends are tied up before I leave. I usually have a busy November and December in the lead up to the holidays, but it’s all worth it. As long as I’m organised and plan in advance—all the boxes get ticked before I jump on my flight.
HOW SHE MAKES NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS…
Over my two-week break, I take the time to reflect on the year that’s been—what was good, what was bad and what I want to improve on (A lot can happen in 365 days!) During this time is usually when my New Years’ Resolutions start to become very clear.
By January 1, I have a pretty clear idea of what I want to focus on for the new year. Then I sit down and start planning my goals in detail. I try to set my resolutions high in order to push myself as much as I can. In terms of writing my new year resolutions, it’s extremely difficult to just write one. I split mine up into three categories:
Personal: For example, work out three times a week, or have a healthy work-life balance by doing X and Y, or focus on a healthy balanced diet.
Professional: For example, build my business by focusing on X,Y and Z, or meet all my KPIs to work towards X, Y and Z, or get a job promotion by doing X,Y and Z.
Financial: For example, save for a trip to France, or for a house deposit, or grow my sales by X amount.
ON SEEING HER GOALS THROUGH…
Big yearly goals are definitely easy to lose sight of unless you put a bit of a plan in place. I set stepping stones each month or so to help achieve my goals and I also celebrate the small successes along the way (it keeps me motivated!) For example if my main goal was to concentrate on saving for a trip to New York, I would set myself smaller targets for each month, then celebrate by booking my flights.
ON HOW SHE GETS ORGANISED...
I have always loved being organised. To be honest, it just makes life easier. In terms of how I personally get organised a few of my hacks are below:
- I plan my outfits the night before. I check my diary and the weather first and select accordingly.
- I write my to-do list for the next day the night before. In the morning I re-read my to-do list and prioritise it. I ask myself, 'What are my top three urgent tasks? Basically, you need to suss what do you need to do and what do you want to do.
- I know my peak times and try to make the most of them. In the morning I get up and go, I have a lot of energy and I like to power through my top three urgent tasks straight away. I usually go through an afternoon slump where I do things like editing imagery or replying to emails and then I get a second wind where I feel super creative! It’s important to know your peak times to make the most of your workflow and time.
- I use a diary for everything! And I carry it with me everywhere. Usually I write in pencil so I can erase something if a meeting or deadline changes but sometimes I just bite the bullet and use pen!