Have you ever met that person who has it “all together” and seems like they are juggling their crazy, full-scheduled life so effortlessly. I have a few tips that have helped me tackle not only my 2018 Organizational goals, but lifestyle changes to stay more organized. Some of you may know me personally, and others may not, but I have a very busy schedule. I tend to say “yes” to everyone and everything. (Something I am working on). I am a Manager Full time (40+ hours a week), while juggling four classes (Full Time Student) at a University which I take at night, while planning my dream wedding (February 2019), keeping a workout schedule, and part-time blogger. I am not telling you this to “brag” or flaunt all that I am accomplishing, just to give you insight to where my tips come from and how they have truly helped me get through the busiest time of my life.
So let me get down to business, how can you be organized and balance YOUR busy schedule?
Start by doing the most important things first
Not everything in your life is equally important or beneficial to you. Something that helps me, is when I learn to prioritize my life and get the most important things done first. When you take time to accomplish these things, you suddenly have room on your schedule for other opportunities or relaxation.
Write things down
I have avoided this for years, and this is something that I have stuck to since January 1st, write it down. I have a very good memory as I am sure some of you do, and when I choose to rely on myself to remember things without writing them down, things eventually slip through the cracks. I have this little planner with note space in it, that I carry everywhere with me –my office, school, home, the car– it allows me to write everything down in the moment and accomplish my tasks.
Get up early
I am the type of person that wakes up very early every day of my life. I know most people take advantage of their off days to sleep in, relax and just not wake up before the sun. The thing is, when you wake up around the same time every day, you are training your body and your body will adjust. You will not feel tired and fatigued once your body is on a consistent schedule. When I get up early, I get things done, I start by getting 8 oz of water, gathering my thoughts for the day, making my bed etc. By the time you “wake up” you have already accomplished so much. (Yes, making your bed every day is an accomplishment).
Do not procrastinate
Do not get stuck in the mindset that there is “always tomorrow”. I think the more you do today, the better your tomorrow will be. Pushing things off for tomorrow or a later date can create anxiety or unnecessary stress in your life. If you read my 18 Things You Need in 2018 blog post, I mentioned the two-minute rule. If the task at hand can be completed in two minutes or less, do it immediately.
Take care of your body
Taking care of yourself it so important. Getting a good nights sleep, working out, drinking plenty of water and maintaining a healthy diet. I personally prep some of my meals when I know I will not have the time, to avoid eating out. There is also a very cool feature on the iPhone that allows you to “set a bedtime”. This acts as a reminder to ensure you get a good nights sleep.
Leave time for you
Make sure that you leave time in your schedule to sit down and read a book, enjoy a cup of coffee or even get a pedicure. For me, I get a pedicure every two weeks and that is my “me” time. Other times I will catch up on a favorite show, cook something new, take a Pilates class etc. Whatever makes YOU happy, do that.
We are ten days into the New Year, you still have time to adjust, get organized, relax and enjoy your life. Remember to not put too many things on your plate. My hair dresser once told me “You are always SO busy. You should start to say “No” to somethings, so you can say “Yes” to the important things”- So thanks Karen! You rock.
Wishing you an amazing Wednesday!