What can you do when things aren’t going as planned so that you can stay in control and on top of everything?
This really is the key to everything. By planning ahead you will know what to do when you’re snowed under with work and the kids have after school activities every day.
Get as much ready as you can for the next day before you go to bed. That includes clothes, work and school bags, your to do list and, if possible, breakfast and lunch.
Plan for the week ahead on a Sunday so that you know what the schedule is and have a meal plan in place.
Plan your meals
Meal planning may sound boring but it will save you time, stress and money. By planning meals ahead and doing as much prep work as possible in advance you’ll be less likely to head for the take out menu.
Keep a selection of pre-prepared meals in your freezer. Freezer cooking doesn’t have to be a chore as there are plenty of make it ahead dishes that can be frozen ready to cook in a slow cooker.
Turn off technology
If you’ve got an insurmountable list of things to do then don’t allow yourself to be distracted by the television, internet, FaceBook, email or any other messaging service.
Once you’ve completed everything that needs to be done then you can go back to chatting with friends via Skype or watching your favorite tv show.
Don’t run yourself ragged trying to be a superhero and getting it all done. Instead take a look at your to do list and prioritize each item. Cross off or move to another day anything that isn’t essential. Check off anything that you’ve already completed. Delegate whatever tasks you can. Only do the things that need to be done and you’ll find you’ll feel more in control.
Remember: if it’s not important then ignore it.
Clutter is easy to create. Don’t let it become a problem. Instead take a few minutes each day to put things away and throw away junk. Put the dishes into the dishwasher immediately instead of leaving them on the counter. Deal with the mail immediately instead of leaving it piling up on the side.
Get up early
While getting up early may seem pointless it can provide a really focused way to start your day. Especially if you create a miracle morning routine that includes power habits such as exercise, meditation or visualizations, planning and a healthy breakfast.
By getting up earlier you can start your day feeling both energized and organized by completing any essential tasks to make sure that you and your family are ready for the day ahead.
Take care of you
Providing that you take care of your mental, physical and emotional health by exercising regularly, eating healthily and practising meditation or mindfulness you will feel more able to cope when things don’t go to plan or life spirals out of control. Don’t forget to get enough sleep.
No matter how organized and well planned you are, there will be times when life gets busy and you start to worry that you won’t get everything done. Following these tips will help you to stay organized and in control.
5 key habits to stay organized
Starting your day, the right way will ensure that you’ll feel calmer, happier and more productive from the get go. It’ll also make sure that you don’t waste any time searching for missing or lost items.
Remember that habits don’t happen overnight. They take at least 21 days to become ingrained into your normal routine so the sooner you start the quicker you’ll become a well-organized morning person.
Tidy Up the Night Before.
We’ve all been there when we’ve felt too tired to load the dishwasher, clear the counters or vacuum the family room. Spending a little time every evening tidying and cleaning away the dirt, clutter and debris from the day really will save you time and angst in the long run.
Make it a fun routine by involving all the family. Set a timer for 15 minutes and zip through those chores. Of course, if you’re on your own it may take slightly longer.
Prepare Lunches in Advance
Food preparation takes time and isn’t fun when you’re in a rush to get to school or work. Spending time preparing lunches for all the family the night before ensures you all get a nutritious lunch time meal which will save you time and money.
Plan ahead so that you know exactly what everyone is having each day of the week. This will make sure you buy or make everything you need so there aren’t any last minute panics.
Get Clothes Ready the Night Before
How much time have you wasted trying to choose what to wear in the morning? Too much probably and it gets worse if you have kids. Instead get everyone’s clothes ready the night before. Make sure the entire outfit is on a hanger and that underwear, shoes and accessories are with it.
An even better habit is to organize the entire week’s wardrobe on a Sunday with everything hung in day order in your wardrobe ready to be picked on the relevant day.
Write a to Do List
Write down all the chores and calls you need to do the following day. If they involve dropping off items at the dry cleaner, then bag them and put them by the front door. If you need to post letters or packages then bag them and put them by the door.
Your list will make sure you know exactly what you need to do and by having any items ready you won’t leave the house without them!
Spend time putting everything you’ll need for day in your handbag or work bag the night before. You won’t need your iPad or laptop overnight so putting it in your bag or case before you go to bed will make sure you don’t forget it.
Any work documents or school books should be put into bags so that they aren’t forgotten or mislaid!
If your children have gym class, football or another school or after-school activity then get the necessary kit ready in their bags before you head to bed. Put the bag by their school coat.
Starting your day feeling positive and organized really does have a major impact on the way the rest of your day pans out. A chaotic start is hard to recover from. By developing the routines above you can be sure that you and your household will always start your day the right way.