Simple Easy Ways To Keep Yourself Organized And On Top Of Things
"First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality."
It takes time, practice, and patience to become organized. And it takes work. Once you are there, it will take commitment. But eventually, it will become a habit. And once it's a habit, your life gets easier. And the process is so worth it.
Easy Ways To Stay Organized
Become an early morning person. I have been getting up at 5:30 am for many years. I am not sure how it happened, but I have to admit that it works for me. I love it. And I also love going to bed early. Win, win for me. Early mornings are the best time for me to get things done.
Nothing says you are up and about like making your bed. Do that right away and check it off your list.
Forget about perfection. Perfection is so overrated. Focus instead on progress. Keep moving in the right direction.
Make sure to write it down. Keep a small notebook with you. Jot down the things you need to remember. That item you need from the grocery store, the cookies you committed to bringing to the school bake sale, or the appointment your child has at the orthodontist.
A Place for everything and everything in its place. Having a place for everything means there is no excuse for not knowing what to do with something. After using it, put it back where it belongs?
Declutter if you have too much stuff and not enough space for it all. Sell it, donate it or give it away. Less stuff, less you have to deal with. There is something freeing about getting rid of unwanted or unneeded items.
Don't sweat the small stuff. Some things are not worth the time and energy. We allow ourselves to be upset by minor little things throughout the day. Will your life be altered by a glass of spilled milk or the fact that the dog peed on the floor? Clean it up and move on. Life is too short to let such minor things steal any of your time or joy.
"Don't let the silly little things steal your happiness."
Make use of a calendar. Sure your notebook helps you remember things, but a calendar in full view of the whole family keeps everyone on track. You will always know what is going on with every family member.
Spend time at the end of the day walking around the house, picking up things, and putting them away. Empty the dishwasher. Get a load of laundry ready to go in the morning. Have kid's backpacks ready to go. Have everyone's clothes laid out. Be prepared for the morning rush. Things will go much more smoothly if you plan.
Learn to say no. Yes, it is okay to say no. We have to accept the fact that we can't do everything. We can't be everywhere. No one can.
Learn to delegate. It might just be the time to let your family help out. Don't ask. Just give them their chores. But don't forget to provide them with praise when a job is well done. And remember, this is teaching them about responsibility.
Don't procrastinate. If you see something that you know needs to get done, do it now. Don't wait. We all have tasks that we are not fond of doing, but it's best to get them done and out of the way. If you know you need a gift for someone, take care of it now. Life is easier when you don't have to rush around at the last minute getting things done. And much less stressful.
"If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it."
We all have different things going on in our lives, and our schedules will be not be the same. So what works for one most likely will not work for someone else. But trial and error will help you find what works for you.