GYST Binder 101: How-To
Where do you keep your adulting shit?
Accordion file folder? 3-Ring Binder? Tossed in a box? Scattered in different places? No idea? WhAt ArE aDuLtInG?
If having your shit together is high on your priority list but you don't yet have an adulting system in place to keep your mimosa-sipping, Sunday-lounging, unbothered thrive of self in tact -- you need to make yourself an adult binder.
You can easily interchange the sections below into an accordion file if that's more your thing. Personally, I tried and failed every year since 2013 until last year when I finally caved and reverted back to my high-school "write sappy lyrics all over a piece of paper and slip it in the front pocket" binder ways.
Here's why I love it:
- You can personalize it more
- It's easier to flip through and find what you need
- It's just all-around cuter don't @ me
What you need:
How to build it:
1) Start with a brainstorm! I'll list you out all the folder subjects I used but what works for one doesn't always work for another so I'd recommend sitting down and drafting up a few important adult things you know you need to have, keep track of or organize.
2) Divide your adulting needs into the binder using envelopes (dividers optional: this year I just used tape as labels for each section)
Here are mine:
- 2020 Work Receipts/Expenses
- 2020 Personal Receipts/Expenses
- 2020 Important Mail/Bills
- 2020 Monthly Budget Print-Out
- Cool Keeps: Cards, notes, movie tickets, concert tickets, funky business cards from places you visit, air plane tickets, photo booth pictures, etc.
- Official Documents (Passport, Health Card, Cheque Book, etc.)
- Car Insurance + Paperwork
- Work + Business Paperwork
- Misc. (things you don't need but don't want to throw away like instructions)
- I also use the front pocket for gift cards I'm gifted and then back binder pocket for business cards + printed photos!
3) Update daily, weekly or monthly.
Personally, I keep all of my receipts in one wallet and then once/twice a month I pull them all out, divide them up with my mail and update any folders in the binder.
For the first 2-3 updates I would recommend setting an alarm or reminder on your phone. If you're going from rarely ever book-keeping your existence to suddenly now adulting like a pro, the reminders are helpful to build the habit of keeping this thing updated (because that's the only way it's actually going to work)
And trust me, come next year when it has worked... the payoff is beyond worth it.
Another fun tip: if you want to take it the extra mile, last year I printed out my grocery list, packing check list, GYST list, yearly budget and any other official list I made, punched some holes in them and kept them up at the front!
You can add folders of projects you may be working on, pictures you've sketched/doodled or anything else that can't be tucked away in a journal!