Do you ever feel like your life is spinning out of control? You have your home, work, friends, family, kids and everyone always taking up your time and requiring your attention. With all of this it can be difficult to find balance and stay on top of your game. However, I know that staying organized is a sure way for me to feel more balanced and relaxed overall.
Today, I will share with you how I stay organized and what I do to make my life throughout the week a little easier. Most of the tasks I will share with you today are done on a Sunday, but for you these tasks may happen on a Wednesday or scattered throughout the week. So, without further ado lets jump into it.
1. Calendar blocking
I have mentioned Calendar blocking before on the blog, but I thought it was something worth mentioning again because it really has made a big difference in my life. Calendar blocking is quite simple and can be done digitally or with paper. I personally use Google Calendar for all of my scheduling, but you can use any calendar you prefer.
Calendar blocking follows the premise that you break down every hour of your day into chunks, each chunk then gets filled with a task. Some people, like myself, do this in a more extreme way by calendar blocking what time they get up, their morning routine, commute, working hours, etc. But, for yourself, this may only need to be implemented with your work hours.
Regardless of how you do calendar blocking, this is a great tool to make sure you are maximizing your time and scheduling things out that need to get done everyday. Below is an example of what your calendar blocking may look like, this is a student example, but still gets the point across.
2. Food prep (not meal prepping)
Packing lunches and figuring out what you are going to eat is always a struggle. So, I started food prepping and this really made a difference. Now, food prepping is not to be confused with meal prepping. Meal prepping is preparing a whole bunch of complete meals for a certain number of days. But, food prepping is simply preparing a whole bunch of food that can be combined into different meals throughout the week.
I find that food prepping is very effective for myself and it stops me from getting bored from my meals. For my food prepping, I typically make a bunch of veggies which often include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, or whatever is in season. Then I will prep a grain so this will be a rice or pasta. Additionally I will have a protein like chicken or beef cooked up. With all of this I am able to make bowls throughout the week, use the food for wraps, or as sides to my meals.
3. Organizing Your Outfits
This my friends is a real game changer. I have so much beautiful clothing and I love to put together outfits, but I was starting to find that it was becoming very stressful in the mornings.
That is when I started picking out all my outfits on Sunday. I would check the forecast for the week and plan my outfits accordingly. This not only saved me a ton of time in the morning. But, it also helped me to try out new outfit combinations and stopped me from wearing the same things everyday.
4. Daily Mini Cleans
Cleaning can be a very daunting task and that is why we often leave things neglected around our home. However, my solution to this is to do daily mini-cleans. This can be as little as 10-15 minutes a day where you tidy and pick things up around the house. This stops clutter from accumulating and eliminates the need for a giant full day clean every week.
If you are finding it really hard to get in the cleaning time, try setting a timer for just 10 minutes a day. This will trigger your brain to try to race the timer and thus will get your body moving and cleaning.
If you are finding it hard to keep track of the larger cleaning tasks around your house, CLICK HERE to get a yearly cleaning checklist for all of those annoying tasks. This will help you to keep track of big cleans and ensure you are cleaning things frequently enough.
5. Write a To-do List
This may seem obvious, but making a to-do list for the day, either first thing in the morning or the night before, is a great way to make sure you remember what your daily goals are for that day.
On your to-do list it is also helpful to outline the three top things that you want to get done that day. I encourage you to get those tasks done as early in the day as possible too. That way, even if you don’t get everything done, you get the priority tasks out of the way.
Overall, these are my top 5 tips for keeping your life on track and stopping overwhelm in it’s tracks. If you liked the post make sure to share it with a friend and subscribed to my blog to get email updates every time I post. Also be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to get more updates from me on my day to day life.
Your trusty, gutsy gal,