Looking back, I have to admit my life used to be a proper mess. Now that I've sorted my priorities and become more responsible, it's time to share my wisdom with you. (jokes) These are some things that helped me pull my sh*t together, hopefully they'll work for you, too.

1. Diary – takes some time to get used to it (it took me almost 2 months), but it’s extremely helpful when you want to keep your life organized. Write down everything that happens – homework, doctor’s appointments, parties, birthdays, movie premieres, concerts, tests, to-do lists… Diary is like a timeline of your life, plus it helps you become less forgetful and more responsible.

2. Journal – not the same thing as a diary. Diary is for basic information about stuff that happens in your life. It's for facts. Journal is you best buddy you can tell everything. Write about your emotions, describe some exciting experience in detail, write down inspirational quotes you come across, mull over deep stuff, doodle, glue in photos of you, your friends and family, your pets, write lists…Reading about it months later helps you reflect on your development and it will certainly help you understand yourself better.

3. Don’t postpone things or procrastinate – haha, I know. The thing is, everyone procrastinates sometimes. What’s important is to procrastinate only when you can afford it. School, work, family, friends – that’s important. Chores? Not so much. Yes, you can watch a whole season of Skam in one day if you feel like it if the only thing you need to do is hoovering. If it's not, don’t. I’m sure you can write a paper the night before it’s due, but it will be shit and no feedback you’ll get will really be useful because you put minimal effort into it. So save yourself some stress and do it if you can.

4. Create a routine, a habit – it can be anything. I myself am not really that much into routines, but every evening I clean my skin carefully and then go to sleep feeling nice and relaxed. You can make a habit of writing to your journal every Sunday – to recap the whole week. Or you can go to library every 16th, or whatever you want. It may take some time to get used to it and you will probably fail at first, but once you do get used to it, you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something. And that feels always good.

I'll get to you soon with the second part. If I made any mistakes, it's because I'm not a native speaker so please, be merciful. :-)