Last week was becoming more organized with bills. This week I thought we would go over a few important tasks that have helped me become more organized.
It’s rare to hear someone say they don’t need to become more organized. I like to consider myself fairly organized; however there are times when I get a little lax with my organizational habits. Breaking habits are often hard to do, it’s easier to do it right the 1st time.
So how do we find time to get everything accomplished in only 24 hours? How many times have you known what needed to get done, yet you didn’t accomplish everything you sat out to do? Without some kind of organizational skills it’s hard to accomplish multiple tasks in a short period of time.
So how does a person work-full time, have 4 children, cook dinner, maintain 4 blogs, clean and everything else that happens in the day of being mom? I do this daily, but becoming more organized. The more organized I am the more I am able to accomplish in a set amount of time, such as my daughter sleeps for 2 hours. In those 2 hours I know I can get a few blog posts done, however I must have a plan what I am going to write about, where I need to look, etc.
Without a plan in mind, I check my email see what’s going on over on Face book and before I know it my daughter is awake and I have not compiled anything. Unfortunately this has happened to me more than I would like to admit. I had to sit down and make some changes so I could work, have family time and enjoy blogging. I have finally come up with a system that is working; I more time to do things I enjoy.
Blogging was really starting to take time away from my family and my family is my top priority so I had to figure something out or give up something I enjoyed doing. I decided to get organized and rather than live by the moment pre-plan my week. I have a notebook for everything. I have a notebook for my blogs and daily I know what reviews need to be done, what giveaways are due, what are ending etc.
Here are a few tips that have helped me become a more organized employee, mom and blogger.
- Have a plan – Know what you day is going to look like, what is most important and needs to get done first. Take some time the day before to look over or make yourself a list of what is top priority in your day. As you complete tasks throughout the day cross them off. It’s also a good feeling to see your list become smaller and smaller.
- Make sure you list is easy and workable – While I love all the awesome apps nothing seems to work as well as an old school pen and paper. I am lazy, it’s easier for me to pull out the blogging note-book and write down a coming up even than to schedule it in my calendar. Whatever way you decide to go, make sure its easy to understand and manage. Don’t put so many tasks on the list you know you cannot complete it.
- Choose what works best for you and stick with it - I have wasted so much time trying out new things, figuring them out, and end up wasting half the day away on something that doesn’t work for me anyway. If it works don’t fix it!
- Do it now – Its so easy to put things off until later, but its more than likely not going to get done or there is scrambling last-minute to make sure its finished.
- Put it away when you are finished – If you are cooking dinner put up the milk right after you are done, brushing your daughter’s hair put the brush up, anything you do pick up after yourself. If you have a spot for everything (easier said than done) it’s easier to find and you spend less time looking for that darn marker you had yesterday.
- Take control of your life, home and work environment – Whatever you decide to use to organize your life doesn’t matter, it matters that you are using them and making them work for you.
- Complete your project – I am so guilty of trying to multitask, complete 10 things at once. I am sure there are people out there that can complete quality work while multitasking, but many of us cannot. In the long run we actually end up wasting time and producing something that is okay to read or look at rather than outstanding. This is my area of opportunity learning to handle one thing at a time, so I produce quality work and get more done.
I am bad about always running and checking my email, I have made myself stop and I now only check it a few times a day. I have learned that a few hours of not checking my email is not going to kill me. I am pretty sure if I something comes I will be ok waiting, I don’t have to stop what I am doing and take care of that email.
Before I started this post I had no idea how much time I actually waste by being unorganized. I have been working hard to become more organized at home, work and blogging. I have been saving a lot of time by working off a pre-planned list. I am actually working on getting ahead!
My suggesting is not to do exactly what I do, it’s to find what works for you and stick with it. If you need to become more organized, when you begin your journey and become more organized you will be amazing at how much time we have wasted being unorganized.
I would like to ask everyone to leave me a comment letting me know what organizational skills you currently use to make your life less stressful. So what are you doing to stay or become more organized?