Hey Lovelies ♥ Happy Monday! I’ve been on a mission to get things done and organized. With Spring Cleaning happening in most homes right now I thought I would write about what changes I’m making to my daily life and hopefully it will help you as well.
I had a set bedtime of 10:00 p.m. every night because I just needed to sleep after becoming a mom but as of this past week I’ve totally put that to bed (hehehe) and decided that I will power through and get things done.
Growing up I used to say “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” to a lot of people.
Well it totally has come back to bite me in the ass big time. After becoming a mom being tired is a state of being. I actually just purchased a shirt that says that on it (Because I’m tired). So because I’m on an organizational spree I decided to share with you all what has been helping me get organized.
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TIP # 1: MORNING POW-WOW
Your morning pow-wow with yourself could also be done before bedtime a “bed-wow”? LOL, but getting up in the morning and taking account of all you have to accomplish for the day is important to a successfully planned and organized day. Don’t have a calendar/bullet journal/notebook? GET ONE please. Figure out what’s for dinner (I highly recommend a weekly meal planning chart) Look over your calendar (in my case, my bullet journal, which you can read about here), which takes me to tip #2.
It’s popular belief that Mark Twain said “Eat a live frog the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Although a Frenchman Nicolas Chamfort, is the one who originally coined the phrase; it has been accredited to Mr. Twain, there’s even a book called EAT THAT FROG, (if you want to read it) but no matter who came up with it’s good. I’ve been taking to heart and have been successful at finishing up tasks I was dreading on doing because I totally felt proud after completing them. I was literally getting a star sticker (Adults should get stickers too!)
TIP # 3: TIME MANAGEMENT
I choose my most important task of the day during my sons nap-time. Writing blog posts, replying to important e-mails, phone calls all fall under this category. Give yourself realistic time slots to get things accomplished.
I know we have a million and one things to do during the day but by focusing on the tasks we have to do, we manage not to get distracted by the TV, our phones, etc…If you are anything like me, my mind is going at 10 different directions at any given time.
So close those open tabs on your computer if you have to do something online. I find this helpful especially when I am writing a blog post. I find as I’m typing ideas start flowing and I sometimes manage to let my mind start to wander. (I so have tabs open right now, closing in 1-2-3..done). Face the screen of your cellphone down and on silent when you have something important to do, keeps the distractions at bay.
TIP # 5 LABELS, BINS & THINGS
I just purchased some new drawer organizers for my bathroom and kitchen. After putting everything in it’s place; the sheer look of joy on my face should have been worthy of a selfie. If you have things cluttered when you are trying to get things done, you will get side-tracked. If it doesn’t belong anywhere in your home, it needs to go (i.e. Trash/donation). Clutter will get in your way so do yourself a favor and give things a home or a temporary bin for either re-homing or trash.
Pantry, I’m coming to you next. WATCH OUT!
Well, that’s all folks. I really hope you enjoyed reading this post and you got excited about getting organized. It sure helped me even more. I’m fired up to clean my kitchen right now. How about you? What are some of your best organizing tips? Share with me in the comments below. I would love to know what works for you. Incorporating new organizational tips ours lives can only benefit us.
Thank you so much for reading, till next time.
1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms