Working full-time, travelling as often as I can, writing a blog, running a house and trying to be an adult to the best of my ability, may sound overwhelming, but for me, the busier I am the more I thrive. I think the main reason for this is because I like to be über organised, which if I’m honest comes naturally. I can be quite anal about some things and am a bit of a perfectionist – I just want everything to be right, unfortunately that’s not to say that everything does turn out right, but I do try. I know it makes me sound like a bore, but I’m not I promise, at least I don’t think I am. I have set routines for most things in my life and have a habit of freaking out if I have to deviate from them in any way. Furniture At Work™ have put together a fun and funky infographic which shows how your horoscope could actually be linked to how organised you are.
Horoscopes have always interested me and as a magazine addict (I am trying to cut back to only a couple a week, but I need my weekly Kardashian fix I’m afraid) I always flick to the back to check out what the week ahead has in store for me. According to the infographic, as a Taurus I’m a ‘show off’ as ‘organisation and efficiently run through your veins’ and although no one usually wants to be classed as a show off, I certainly cannot argue with the statement on this occasion. I love the fact that I am organised, I mean come on, there are worse things to be and it comes in very handy in all walks of my life, but especially when travel planning. I NEED everything to be right and I find that the only way to do that is to be organised from the outset. I often think I’d like to be one of those people who could just go with the flow and maybe if I have been born under a different star sign, I could have been.
I love travelling, I think from the blog you can tell, well at least I hope you can, if not then I’m doing something wrong 🙂 but I need to ensure that everything is organised well in advance and even paid for before we even step foot out of the front door, it saves me the stress and worry whilst actually travelling. Every trip we take has an itinerary, I bet you’re thinking – she must fun at parties! I have tried over the years to be more spontaneous but even now I still incorporate it into our itinerary. Yes seriously, I plan to be spontaneous! I think it stems from the need to make the most of our time when we visit somewhere, especially if we have never been before. The thought of coming home having missed out on something sends me into a mini meltdown.
Regardless of destination I have a five step process I always follow in a specific order, which is:-
- Book transportation (plane/train/ferry etc.)
- Book accommodation and if it is pay on arrival, try to pay for it upfront regardless
- Create itinerary on a day by day basis (sometimes hour by hour basis)
- Book trips/tickets/restaurants etc.
- Print everything out
Yes, we live in 2017 when the world is full of digital nomads, all confirmations are sent electronically and we shouldn’t waste paper, but it’s something I have always done and have no plans to change. Particularly because the thought of relying on technology freaks me out – what if I lose my phone? What if I delete an email accidentally? What if my battery dies? I just can’t risk it. I have to be organised. So I buy a new folder for each trip, print every confirmation out and place them in the folder in the order we will need them. If we are travelling around, then for me it has to be a folder per destination. When we travelled around Australia I had four for the four major cities we visited and I have already started to put together our folders, all five of them, for our California Road Trip in June.
Mr ESLT on the other hand is a Leo. The infographic sums him up to a tee – ‘fun first’. He’s a fun guy – that’s a fact, he loves having a laugh, doing crazy things and is a million times more spontaneous than me. However, as I have a big personality/am bossy I usually get my own way and to be honest he goes along with me, most of the time, for a quiet life. I obviously ask him if there is anything in particular he wants to do, I’m not (completely) selfish. I think the mix of a Taurus and a Leo works well, imagine the arguments we would have if we were both the same – we’d either be so organised our trips would be fun free military operations or we would both be so laid back we would probably never go anywhere.
Take a look at the infographic and let us know if you agree with what it says about your star sign, we’d love to hear from you. If like me, do you have a process when booking your next break?
- This post has been written in collaboration with Furniture At Work™ #organisedmess.