When I work full-time, run a blog, try to maintain relationships, and get enough sleep or “me” time, it can be so hard to keep everything in order. I’m definitely still trying to figure out a balance between all of these, but to keep all of my events and tasks in order, I always need to write everything down so I can stay organized during any busy time.
How I stay organized will help everyone and not just those crazies who decide to blog.
1. Get yourself a PLANNER
I actually have two planners, one is a physical paper planner and the other is my Google calendar. I have always been a Type-A planner so it eases me and helps me stay organized when I can see all the events I have coming up for the month right there in front of me.
Google calendars are so awesome too because you can have several different calendars all in one! So if you have a family, it is so easy to keep everything in order with the color coding feature on this calendar.
2. To-do lists are your best friends
I cannot even count how many lists I have right now. I always try to separate the topics into their own lists so I can stay focused on what actually needs to get done in every aspect of my life.
Tip: Create your lists at night so you have a clear picture of what needs to be accomplished in the morning. You are also not wasting time trying to figure out what is the most important task and what can be postponed due to lack of time.
Also, don’t try to create a mile-long list.
Who actually has time to complete all that in a day??
Instead, recognize the two or three most important tasks for the day. Whenever I see a huge list that needs to be tacked, I always begin to have an anxiety attack and will likely not feel motivated at all to do anything. I feel so accomplished when I see everything crossed off, rather than only a couple things crossed off the mile-long list. The amount of tasks finished are actually the same as the smaller list, so why not create that in the first place?
I also create my lists based off my calendars. If I see that something is due this week, then those tasks will be at the top of my list.
I am really loving the “To Do / To Buy Perforated Pad” checklist and the “This Week Pad”. It helps me create a list of what needs to get done and has room for me to start my shopping list. I always find myself running out of things throughout the week and never writing it down. So I tend to only remember that I needed to buy it after I have returned from my latest grocery store visit. Not fun.
3. Create realistic expectations
Like the idea of the mile-long to-do list, it is important to understand how much time you have in the day compared to how much you want to get done and the time you want to spend with family and friends. Yes, there are always deadlines to important tasks or projects, but if cleaning will jeopardize time with my family, then [to me] it’s not worth it. I can postpone cleaning until the next day, but I can’t ever get missed time with my family back.
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