I guarantee you life would be a billion times easier if you got organized and planned ahead. You might think, Well… that takes up a lot of time that I don’t have.
I know but, imagine all the time you can save if you did. Planning out your week and knowing where things are when you need them seems pretty effing amazing right? Well, you gotta do the work.
How do you go about your day? With an organized schedule or a to-do list?
A to-do list may do you some good. But, once you’re up and ready to go, you may get overwhelmed. You get up and you realize, I have to do the laundry, straighten up the kid's room, answer emails, I should probably check Facebook right now ( extremely time-consuming by the way), I have to fulfill these orders, ahhhhh it’s too much! It is a lot and if you don’t have it together, all of that disorganization will make you go insane (Don’t get me started if you’re a mom like me).
You need structure if you want to make the best use of your time. So it’s important to create a flexible plan that will not only help you focus on one thing at a time but, can also help develop a habit of organization every day.
Planning + Prepping the Night Before:
- SET OUT YOUR CLOTHES FOR THE NEXT DAY (OR FOR THE WHOLE WEEK): Pick out your outfit, steam it//iron it, + you’re ready for the next day. But, if you want to plan out your outfits for the week, you could get a garment rack and pick out every single outfit for every day of the week, steam it//iron it, and keep your outfits separate (you can get clothes separators from Target or Walmart). Or you can just hire a personal stylist like me that will handle all of that for you. Huge time saver.
- WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS + TO-DO LIST FOR THE NEXT DAY: This helps me out a lot. Instead of waking up and scrambling trying to figure what needs to be done, I simply keep a planner nearby or use Evernote and record everything that needs to done whether I can get it done the next day or not. Once I’ve wrote it down, I can schedule it for another day but, at least I know what has to be done. Separate your wants from your needs when writing these down.
- GET IN BED AT A DECENT TIME: This one is a super-duper hard one for moms like me. I learned that it was for me to get things done while my little one sleep---late, late at night. But, I found myself sleep deprived and literally getting my energy from coffee all day long. It was not healthy, at all. And I don’t encourage you to do the same. Especially for my mamas reading this. It’s difficult, but, everyone needs rest. If you don’t get an adequate amount of sleep, everything will slowly fall apart because you’re tired and overworked. So, set a time, and go to bed lady.
Unfortunately, though we have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyoncé, we can’t always get everything done in one day.
But, here are a few tips for staying on task and getting shit done:
- Try not to look at your phone first thing in the a.m. I try so hard not to do this because I will just lay in the bed for an eternity before I get up and actually get things done. So eliminate this, and avoid procrastination.
- Stick to a schedule. Create a morning and evening routine that you know you can stick to. Wake up, have coffee, have prayer or meditation time, workout, eat breakfast; whatever you need to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and motivated to start your day--- include that into your morning schedule. At night have dinner, make your to-do/goals list, meal prep, etc. Again, do what you need to make sure your day goes smoothly.
- Take a couple of breaks. When tackling your to-do/goals list, make sure you schedule a break or two in between each task. Trust me, it can be extremely overwhelming to try to do a challenging or time-consuming task all at once. Break it up. Work for a bit, take a break, repeat. Simple.