The Key to Living a Peaceful Life: Organization

258x10 PrintI'm Taylor Coloka, Miss Clovis 2015. Being a pageant titleholder in the Miss America Organization means so much more than simply wearing a crown. Titleholders have very busy schedules including going to school, work, eating healthy, exercising, volunteering and, of course, preparing for Miss California. For me personally, I learned time management and staying organized early. I became a professional NFL cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers and began my first semester of college in the same year, in addition to teaching dance classes and starting my own freelance photography business. Organization is the only way to be successful in every activity I participate in. Us pageant girls are not the ONLY busy bees, so I have some tips to make YOUR life more peaceful and organized!

1. Planner
The easiest way to keep track of every activity is to use a planner. It ensures you will never forget an important date and holds you accountable to complete tasks. Write everything down! Even if you have a busy schedule, keeping a planner will take the stress off. Planners will help you accomplish goals by forcing you to make the most of your time and allowing you to visually see where you have available time to gets things done. A way to clearly categorize all tasks is by color-coding. I have a different color for each category and underline the task accordingly. Here is a sample week of my planner


2. Weekly Schedule for Workouts and Meals
We’ve all heard (and maybe used) the excuse “I don't have time to workout”. The key to having a consistent exercise routine is MAKING time, rather than FINDING time. If you create a schedule for the week and plan your workouts, you are more likely to stick with it and reach your goals. To ensure you also maintain a healthy diet, I encourage planning and preparing your meals ahead of time. Choose foods that you enjoy that also nourish your body. If you have healthy food prepared, you can never be in a rush and be forced to grab fast food. You will always have your food ready when you are! Here is a sample exercise and meal tracker for a week:
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3. Make Lists
It is important to write down of all the tasks needing to be completed. I prefer to make daily to-do lists, but you can make weekly as well if that works for you! I separate my to-do list into categories. In the sample, I included work, school, home and Miss California preparation. Create categories that apply to your life and prioritize each list starting with the most important to the least important.
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Taylor Coloka,
Miss Clovis 2015