Don’t know about you but I am not a fan of chaos/drama/running late and feeling overwhelmed? Being in the middle of disorganisation creates chaos. We need to work on time management; making the most of our precious time and planning so that we can have lots of happy and fulfilling moments.
Are you as organised as you can be? Do you put time into planning, organising and making the most of your time? For me, time is precious….I work fulltime, have a shift working hubby, two teens who are at Secondary school, who both have part-time jobs and we live in the country adding the tyranny of distance into our daily busy lives. Don’t get me wrong I love my life and I think that a massive part of my enjoyment and happiness can be attributed to the fact that I am organised. I rarely feel overwhelmed, under prepared and out of control. What things do you do to help your life run smoothly???
Some tips that I would share are:
*Time management: I have a calendar for the entire family to see. It has all appointments, work shifts and school stuff listed. I also have a diary that I carry. I know it is double handling but it saves me double booking and not knowing what is going on.
*Meal planning: I am a huge meal planner. We rarely do take away and live out-of-town, so my shopping and meal planning needs to be organised. My hubby’s work has no canteen and he does 12 hour shifts…he has to take all food in. I plan my meals around his shifts and do a menu plan once a week or so. I sit down for 5-10 minutes once a week….from that time on I don’t have to panic about what we are eating. This also saves waste as I plan around what groceries I have…we do not throw any food out, everything gets used. It is also healthier as we are not eating takeaway or junk food.
*Housework: a little each day is better than trying to conquer everything all at once. Try to keep on top of your chores. Ask for help…share the load. De-cluttering is also a great help…nothing worse than having stuff everywhere and every time you walk past the pile of mess it makes you cringe. Put it away or give it away.
*Financial planning: Make a budget. Figure out all of your expenses for the year, include everything that you can think of…including food, petrol, car, and every other bill you pay. Add it all up and divide it by 52 weeks. This is the amount you need to put aside each week to live…..then and only then what is left is savings. Put these savings into a separate account. Too many people get caught by a busy month of bills and no savings to fall back on.
*Make some time just for you…..I would go nuts if I did not have my walks, zumba and the odd lunch with friends. It is my time and it definitely recharges my batteries.
Being unorganised can be tiring, unsettling, makes us feel overwhelmed and can lead to stress “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task William James”
We need to simplify and makes things easier for ourselves. I truly believe that getting on top of things and getting organised can reduce our stress by bucket loads.
Let me know how you keep organised, share some tips or even ask some questions????? I am sure that together we can come up with some great ideas.