I had planned to write about pillows today but I had an experience last week that led me to change my mind. In the midst of trying to finish a project, I had a major revelation and spoke these words aloud –“You don’t have to get ahead today, you just have to get back on track today.”
It all started when halfway through the project, I found myself frantically pressed for time. I was under a deadline so taking the “quick” route seemed the most logical. I took a series of shortcuts and finished the project in stages instead of taking the time to sit down and complete the project from start to finish. The shortcuts wound up creating more delays and before I knew it, I found myself frustrated and a bit panicked.
I’ve never really been a multi-tasker. I desperately wanted to be one for the longest time. That is, until I realized I wasn’t using my best gifts because I was trying to be something I wasn’t created to be. Those few moments of frustration and panic led me “down the rabbit hole.” You know which one I’m taking about, the rabbit hole where you beat yourself up with negative self-talk and “shudda, cudda, wuddas.”
I quickly gave myself a pep talk, a huge dose of grace and got myself back on track with a new plan. I didn’t wait until Monday. I didn’t stay down the proverbial rabbit hole. I didn’t eat brownie batter like I wanted to. I changed my attitude and started executing my plan of action. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel overwhelmed by your schedule, your home or your to-do list, here are 10 Tips for Creating a More Organized Life:
Keep a Calendar – It doesn’t matter if you prefer an electronic calendar on your phone or you kick it old school with a paper calendar like I do, keeping a calendar will help to keep you focused on your family, work, and personal schedules at any given time during the week/month.
Write Down Your 5 Most Important Tasks of the Day – These are the tasks that are your priorities. Everything else on your to do list can be organized after you’ve identified your daily priorities. If you get nothing else accomplished on the list, at least get your priorities completed every day.
Do One Thing at a Time – I’m not talking about putting on a load of laundry before you get on the treadmill – I’m talking finish each task/priority before you start the next one. It’s so easy to get sidetracked but finishing one task will give you the encouragement you need to accomplish the next task on your list.
Do it Now/Put it Away – Clutter begets, clutter, that’s just all there is to it. This is something I have to work on every. single. day. Having to clean up a mess twice will ALWAYS take more time than cleaning it up once and maintaining it.
Control Paper Clutter Daily – Paper clutter adds up quickly especially if you’re a “stacker” like me. Sort through your mail/receipts daily and file them accordingly or consider scanning important papers into your home computer.
Have a Designated Place For Everything – This includes everything from having a container by the front door to hold your car keys to designated baskets that hold pantry items.
Meal Plan – Having a set meal plan for the week/ month will not only help you to make healthier food choices, it will also help lessen your spending habits at the grocery store.
Create a Cleaning Routine that Works – No one wants to fall into bed tripping over a pile of junk. Divide basic cleaning chores into daily tasks, that way, you’ll keep a clean house all week.
Make Use of the Word No and Take Control of Your Time/Priorities – I know this is going to be so hard for some of you. Learning how to say no to the things you don’t want to do, will free up your time for the things you actually want to do.
Simplify – Make room in your life for what truly gives you joy. Practice simple morning, evening and cleaning routines that help you accomplish your goals each day.
These positive habits won’t happen over night, they take time. Believe me, YOU are worth the time! If for some reason, you get off track like I did the other day give yourself a pep talk, a huge dose of grace and say these words out loud, “I don’t have to get ahead today, I just have to get back on track today.”
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ve been spending lots of time on the porch and I’ll share a headboard to bench makeover we finished a few weeks ago.