ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE
IN 14 DAYS

This is the MOST POPULAR Challenge we have ever run so I'm adding it here to the Academy as well!

"What does 'being organized' look like for you? Answer that question and you're on your way to living the life you dream of!"
krystal kleidon
Creator

A little note before you start this challenge: 

While it is totally possible for you to run through this whole challenge in one day, I HIGHLY recommend taking your time and committing to each task DAILY.  This will ensure you’re giving each task your full attention (some only take  a few minutes each day) and stops you from skipping past something that could actually make a big difference for you. 

Perhaps set a little reminder on your phone to go off each day and remind you to jump in and complete your daily challenge task. 

This challenge was launched in January 2020 via email (so you’ll hear me talk about emails a little in the videos) and has been wildly popular so what better time to add it to the Academy than right now – ready to tackle 2021! I hope you love it! 

BEFORE YOU START

PRE-CHALLENGE TASKS

Before you start the this challenge you need to ask yourself this super important question. It’s going to help set you up for success and will help you measure if you’re on the right track.

DAY 1

STOP HIDING FROM YOUR FINANCES

I’m a big believer in tackling the hard things first, so that’s exactly what we are going to do today. 

Today’s video is all about FINANCES… that’s right, we are diving right in and taking control of an area of our lives that has the potential to cause a lot of stress and concern. 

Pay attention to your mindset…

When it comes to your finances, your mindset plays a major role in how you feel about, how you approach, and how you treat money.

You might not even realise you have a money mindset, but while you’re going through today’s task, I want you to pay particular attention to how it all makes you feel.

Does tallying up your debts make you feel uncomfortable?

Does working out your total income make you feel lacking?

Does seeing your overall wealth excite you or motivate you?

Pay attention to how money makes you feel, and ask yourself how you want to make money feel.

Track your wealth…

To help make today’s task a little easier for you, I created this Wealth Tracker printable you can download and fill in. Be sure to keep it in a place where you can refer to it and check how your overall wealth is tracking.

Perhaps print a few copies and complete it every six months to see how your overall wealth has changed.

DAY 2

your money on autopilot

Today we are talking about how you can automate your finances, and more specifically your bill payments, so you don’t have to stress about whether or not your bills are paid on time and you will always know there’s enough money in your account to pay your bills.

I feel most in control of my money when…

This might sound a little strange, but I honestly feel most in control of my money when I have fewer touchpoints with it.

When I have to physically pay my own bills, move money around and keep checking in on my finances, I feel stressed and anxious about my money (and I love money).

But, when things are on autopilot and I don’t have to have as much contact time with my money, it feels like my money is just working for me.

This is another reason why I automate as much as I can. Other things you can consider automating are your savings, your Superannuation / 401k, the money you leave in your spendings accounts.

Your Bills Overview…

To help make today’s task a little easier for you, I created this Bills Overview printable you can download and fill in. Be sure to keep it in a place where you can refer to it and add or remove any bills as needed.

DAY 3

GOAL ORIENTATED DECLUTTERING

I love a good declutter, clearing out the things you don’t need/want can free up so much space both physically and mentally…

BUT… you don’t need to go piling all your clothes into the middle of the room and going through it all that way. I mean, if that’s what you want to do, go ahead. But often people avoid decluttering because it becomes so overwhelming and feels like it’s going to be so much work.

It doesn’t have to be…

My Top Decluttering Tips

I’m always working on my decluttering methods. For me, it’s a continual process to ensure everything we have and what we surround ourselves with all align with our goals (well, as much of it as we possibly can anyway, practically speaking).

These are my top decluttering tips to get you going:

  1. Take your time. There are rules anywhere that say how fast you have to declutter. You don’t have to get a whole room done in a day, or your whole home done in a day. Slow down and be intentional with your decluttering. 

    It’s okay to let go of sentimental items. I always found (and sometimes still do find) it difficult to let go of items people have given me as gifts. But, over the years these things just kept piling up and they weren’t adding to our home. Letting go of the item didn’t mean I wasn’t grateful for it.

  2. Set your goals first. I always take the time to visualise what I want the space to look like before I start decluttering. This helps me work out how ruthless I need to be in the decluttering process and gives me a direction to work towards.

  3. Start small. Like I’ve said, decluttering has layers. When you start you’re going to be a lot more reserved about what you let go than you will be on your third or fourth pass. 

    As we spend more time decluttering and start freeing up more space (physical and mental), it’s almost like it’s addictive, like you want to keep freeing up even more space and decluttering even more. Don’t stress about getting it ‘right’. Just start small, and then add your layers.

  4. Celebrate the process. Drink wine, laugh and smile, congratulate yourself for a job well done. Enjoy the process. Enjoy the space. Enjoy making your home and your life the way you want it to be.

DAY 4

SANITY SAVING SCHEDULE

I know I’m not alone when I say I mega loathe cleaning… it’s so mundane!! Especially with kids! I clean and then two minutes later it looks like a toddler tornado has torn through the house again.

But… as much as I protest, it still needs to get done. So I could either complain about it (which I still do) or I could just schedule it in and get it done (which I do too).

Creating a cleaning schedule meant I wasn’t feeling like there was always more cleaning to be done, and it meant I could schedule in a non-cleaning day too! Every darn week! Love it.

Keep it simple… 

I know I say this a lot, but when it comes to setting schedules and creating routines, simple is best. 

Try not to stress too much about the details and making it perfect, just get started. You can tweak your routine as you go and add in tasks you want to include in your cleaning schedule too. 

It doesn’t have to be perfect, you just have to start. 

Day 5

banish digital clutter

Today’s challenge is one I know you’ll need… because SO many people don’t even realise how much digital clutter they have. And that’s the kind of clutter that makes us disorganized and not being able to figure out why! 

Today’s tasks are super simple, and self-explanatory in the video. You’re probably doing some of this already but just taking that next step can make all the difference. 

Bit by bit… 

The most overwhelming of these tasks by far is tackling your inbox. Just remember, you don’t have to do it all at once. Even a little declutter each day adds up and makes a huge difference. 

It doesn’t have to be perfect, you just have to start. 

day 6

BORING THINGS ARE STILL IMPORTANT

I don’t know many people who get excited by home maintenance tasks, but they are still important. And once you schedule them in, you won’t have to worry about them anymore! Anything that can be scheduled and forgotten about is a winner in my books.

Do it once, do it right…

This is one of those tasks that is easy to skim over and not do properly, but trust me when I say that half doing this task is just going to add more work later down the track. 

Use this time to schedule in the rest of the year and know that your home maintenance is sorted. Add in ALL the tasks you can think of – having it all there will make things easier too. 

Do it once, do it right. 

Day 7

Decluttering your Friendships?

When we talk about friendships, it can be difficult to take a step back and look at the relationships we have, especially when we care deeply about these people.

This isn’t about simply cutting people out of your life, but rather doing a ‘friendship audit’ and determining if your friends are adding to your life or if you need to perhaps limit your time with them.

It’s okay to say goodbye… 

One of the hardest things to do is to admit that a person in your life isn’t fitting with your life anymore. But I always come back to the old saying ‘some people are in your life for a good time and others for a long time, but not always both’. 

People come and go in our lives and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean it’s easy, it just means that it’s okay if someone doesn’t fit your life anymore (or you don’t fit theirs). 

Today’s task involves a lot of thought and a lot of self reflection, and it doesn’t need to be done in a particular timeframe. Rather, it’s more something you think about over time and continue to develop. 

day 8

schedule your friendships...

Today we are continuing to talk about our friendships, and more specifically, how we can make sure we still get to catch up with our friends without it having a major negative impact on our organization and productivity.

I’m a sucker when it comes to a good coffee catch up, and I could easily let it get out of hand and spend every day down at the local cafe… but that’s not very productive for anyone!

‘No’ is a complete sentence…

For many people ‘no’ is one of the hardest things to say. As a people pleaser, I always found ‘no’ to be the thing that made me feel like I was letting someone down the most. And therefore, anytime someone would ask me if I wanted to catch up for coffee, I could never say ‘no’. 

But every time I said ‘yes’ to someone else, I was saying ‘no’ to myself. 


It doesn’t have to be coffee offers, it can be whatever catch up or whatever version it is for you that has the potential to throw off your organization and productivity. 

It’s okay to say ‘no’. It’s okay to not be everything for everyone. It’s okay to put yourself first. 

Day 9

use your calendar to be a better friend

Today is our last day focusing on friendships and it is a very short and actionable video. We are talking all about how you can use your calendar to be a better friend and it only takes a few seconds at a time, but it makes such a big difference to your friendships. 

Take notes…

It seems a little weird at first, but I actually take notes on my friends (maybe I’ll tell them one day…). 

Most of the time these notes are just in my phone in Google Keep, or in my calendar if I want to check in with them, but I like to take notes every now and then about the conversations we’ve had, the gratitude I feel towards them and anything else that pops up and I feel like making notes about. 

It doesn’t necessarily make me more organized, but it does make me feel more connected and more grateful for my friends. Maybe it’s something that could work for you too so I figured I’d share it too. 

day 10

routines = Less Stress

Routines are the foundation of your day.

Organizing your day with routines can free up so much mental space, can help you get more done and most of all, help you feel more in control of your day.

There is no perfect routine…


I’ve seen people (aka me) searching for the perfect routine, to the point of avoiding creating a routine if it wasn’t exactly right… but what I’ve found is there’s no ‘perfect’ routine. 

There are good routines, great routines, good for now routines, minimalist routines, detailed routines, quick routines, and just about everything in between… but there is no one perfect routine. 

What’s right for me might not be right for you, and what’s right for me today might not be right for me tomorrow. 

So as you go through creating your routine, remember – you can change it at any point to suit your needs and to evolve with you!

Segmenting Your Day

To help make today’s task a little easier for you, I created this Daily Routines Printable that you can download and reuse as often as you’d like. 

Segmenting is key to creating routines that are easy to stick to and that work for you. 

Day 11

Take control of your calendar

Today is our last day focusing on friendships and it is a very short and actionable video. We are talking all about how you can use your calendar to be a better friend and it only takes a few seconds at a time, but it makes such a big difference to your friendships. 

It’s YOUR calendar…

I know this is a common theme throughout this series, but I want to reiterate it again. The way you manage your own organization is up to YOU, and your calendar is no exception. 

Just because I use my calendar in a certain way doesn’t mean it would be the perfect way for you to use your calendar. While I do believe putting everything you can into your calendar is a great way to go about organizing your life, finding a way that works for you is essential. 

We colour code our digital calendar, you might prefer to keep separate calendars or diaries for each area of your life, or perhaps you’d prefer a big wall calendar where you can see everything at a glance… 

If you find a certain way isn’t working, try something different until you find the way that works for you. 

day 12

To Do List, or 'Never Done' List?

We all know what a to do list is, right? But does yours ever actually get done? A to do list that is left undone makes us feel like we aren’t actually achieving anything – and no one wants that. 

It’s time to fix your to do list… 

Make a Ta-Da List…

Now you’ve fixed your to do list, there’s another list you can create to help you see just how much you achieve in a day…

Instead of creating a to do list and crossing off everything as you go, create a ‘Ta Da’ list and write down things you’ve done… 

This way you can see just how much you actually do each day, without feeling overwhelmed by all the things you feel like you ‘need’ to do still. 

I do this for my big achievements throughout the year too so I can look back over them and see just how far I’ve come. 

Plan Your Day

To help make today’s task a little easier for you, I created this Daily Planner Printable that you can download and reuse as often as you’d like. 

This Daily Planner has everything you need in it from your segmented routines to your top 3 actions, from your daily gratitude through to your meal plan (keep that in mind for tomorrow too). 

Day 13

MEAL PLAN LIKE A PRO

Today we are talking about a super practical organizing skill that honestly makes life so much easier, even if I resisted it like crazy at first. 

This is all about Meal Planning, and if you’re cringing right now, or if you’re rolling your eyes, I get it… I did too. For ages. 

But, I’ve learned how to meal plan quickly, I’ve learned it doesn’t have to be perfect, and I’ve learned that I can make up my own rules. And it works brilliantly and saves me so much time (and brainpower). 

Just Start…

I think one of the reasons I struggled with the idea of meal planning is because I figured it had to be done perfectly. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a little bit of a perfectionist (slightly reformed) so the idea of the plan not being perfect meant I just didn’t even start. 

But it doesn’t have to be perfect, you just have to start. 

Some weeks we don’t stick to the plan completely, things pop up (usually me with a craving) but simply having the plan there means there’s something to fall back on. 

day 14

A habit you won't want to break...

Hey {$name} and welcome to Day 14 of the Organize Your Life in 14 Days Challenge! 

Today is our last day of the challenge and today we are bringing everything we have learnt together and wrapping it all up with the understanding of habits and why they are so important when it comes to being more organized. 

Check out today’s video here to find out more.

Choose your habits…

As I mention in the video, this whole challenge has been designed to help you create a life YOU love, and that means I can’t tell you which habits you need to create. 

It’s up to you to work out which habits from this challenge you want to stick with, and which ones don’t work so well for you. There are no rules, what works for one person may not work for another – like I’ve said, I struggle a lot with meal planning, even though I love it when I do it, which means I know it’s a habit I need to work on. 

Which areas of your life do you want to be more organized in, and which habits from this challenge (or other habits you know of) can help you achieve that goal?