Believe me, and DH can tell you how scattered I can be and how he wonders that things get done. I guess we all have our own method of doing things. I'm the queen of lists and little pieces of paper. EVERYWHERE!
I'm really good as long as I keep a running list of my 6 most important things to do each day. As long as they get done, I'm okay with everything else.
In fact, the days that I tend to stay in motion are the days that I'm super organized. What I mean by that, is that I like to write on days that I'm feeling creative. Days that I'm not feeling creative are spent doing research, organizing, making lists, writing emails, etc. as long as I'm moving forward.
I also find that it's much easier for me to stay focused if I work in 60 minute increments; for a full 60 minutes I concentrate on one thing and then the next 60 minutes is something completely different. As soon as the bell goes off, whether I'm finished or not, I go on to the next thing. I'm allowed to come back to the project for another 60 minutes later.
Here are 30 Simple Tips To Get You Started:
- Plan menus (or sign up to receive Substance of Living's Weekly Menus).
- Keep a running list of items needed in between shopping trips, then shop.
- Keep lots of good-quality ingredients on hand for quick and easy meals such as pastas, canned beans and tomatoes, frozen vegetables, and cheeses.
- Consolidate your food preparation.
- Make two separate casseroles using similar items.
- Make a double-batch of a one-pot dish (lasagna, chili, enchiladas). Serve one now and freeze one for another night.
- Clean out a kitchen drawer while waiting for the coffee to brew in the morning.
- Set out tomorrow's clothes while waiting for the bath water in the evenings.
- Organize refrigerator before grocery shopping.
- Purge your wardrobe when putting away the laundry.
- With the advent of smart phones and the ability to have a calendar attached to your email, everyone can link or invite another member of the family so everything gets logged.
- Have one email set up for the entire family. Leave notes or reminders. Use this email for doctors, dentists, coaches to use.
How do you stay organized? What are some of your secrets? Do you have an area in your house dedicated for each person to drop their things? Please share with us!
Here's to hoping you have an organized day!
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