Ways to organize your time
As a mother of four kids (two who are in school and sports), owner of two home businesses, wife, homemaker and everything in between I am busy. You know what I am talking about, and know that you have to find ways to organize your time. Some days I get a free pass when it is all just to much and I want to hide out all day and relax, and I feel OK about that because I really try to give 100% the rest of the time. There has to be a compromise so that I keep my sanity. My husband is superman when it comes to my days like this and totally steps up and helps me with everything, even down to cooking and putting the kids to bed. His support means a lot too.
To be organized it takes a few extra minutes, but spending those few extra minutes saves me hours later when I try to get things done and forget or don’t have my priorities and things are missed or late.
Ways to organize your time to get the most out of your day:
- Wake up early
- If you have kids, this is essential. This is a great time to exercise, read, get work done and whatever you need to do before the rush of a busy day starts. It will also help calm you and give you a better start to your morning.
- Make a list (planner or journal)
- Get a planner or notebook and keep track of what you want to do that day/week/month and even use it to plan out long term goals like vacations, large purchases, and upcoming events/activities. This is a great way to lay everything out and add new items. If you use a pencil it is easy to plan and re-plan. I have one just like this planner here
- Leave time for unexpected events
- Don’t get caught up in planning out every minute of every day. Leave time to take care of things that come up unexpectedly Instead of planning everything out by hours and minutes, I make a list and number it and work on it through the day. If there is a deadline, I will write that next to it.
- Get chores and cleaning done first thing
- If you have things around the house that need to get done, or errands to run, do those first thing in the morning. If you get them out of the way, you will feel more energized and have a sense of accomplishment that will push you forward to get more done.
- Be mindful
- Be sure to help others when you can. If you are paying it forward and helping those in need, then when the time comes for you to need help from others you will be surprised how many people will step up. If you bake cookies, share some with your neighbors. Help the elderly couple down the street pull weeds from their flower beds. Call a friend. It doesn’t need to be big, but the smaller things that let people know they are being thought of and have a friend.