Are you stressed because your house is a mess, you’re always late, you don’t eat right and you never get enough sleep? If you identify with any of these issues, you probably need to be more organized. Organization sounds great, and you may think it’s realistic for others, not you. Anyone can be organized, and it’s important to know some of the tips, tricks and tools to organization. To help you find more breathing room in your life, you’ll find some remedies to your most common organization problems.
Are you missing your kid’s activities or always late? Managing your can be a challenge, especially with a constantly changing schedule. With a little organization, it can be much easier to manage your time. Here are a couple of tools to help you manage your time.
Since most people have a smartphone, you probably have access to a calendar at your fingertips. Managing your calendar is easy. Using a calendar gives a visual perspective to you your day. First, add your weekly repeating activities. You can even export Facebook events or airline flights to your calendar. Many calendars even allow you to enter drive time and reminders as part of your appointment.
Even if you know how to get where you are going, take a moment to set the map because you never know when an accident is blocking your normal route. Being stuck in traffic is stressful and it will make you late. Taking a few second before you hit the road can save you tons of time.
Make a List
Lists can help you keep track of the things you need to do on a given day without forgetting. There are many list making tools handy on your smart phone. Keep a list and check it regularly to stay on top of things.
You may need to cut out less important commitments and activities to give you time for the most important things.
If you have a hard time managing your time, you probably don’t get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep increases your productivity and overall happiness which also lower your stress levels. Here are some tips to help you get more sleep.
Set a bedtime
Set a time about an hour before you need to fall asleep to enjoy a ritual that you enjoy to help you release the day.
Take time to unwind
Not very many people can come home and go to sleep right away. Most people need time to shower, read a book, pray, or watch TV to unwind. The longer you are in action, the harder it is to fall asleep.
Many people live in a house where the floor is covered in toys and the fridge is filled with expired foods. Feeling the clutter at home clutters your mind and increases stress. There are several things you can do to organize your cleanliness habits.
Make the bed daily
Get up and make the bed before doing anything else. When you come home to a bed that is made, it gives a feeling of peace and instant release. It’s a way of saying you care about yourself. Once you start living in a clean house, you never go back because it feels so good!
Set a cleaning day and time
Set a weekly time to do a deep clean and keep it as a repeating appointment in your calendar. You’ll find it only takes a short time to change sheets, clean bathrooms, dust and vacuum. If you have funds at your disposal, hire a housekeeper. Diverting the work to another person will certainly free up your time.
Teach your children to clean
If you have kids, engage them in cleaning up their toys, rooms and bathrooms. It will teach them to be more organized in their own lives.
Most Americans suffer from working long hours. It’s important to be financially stable, but it’s also important to respect yourself and be there for your family without being a stressed out individual. You may find yourself saying, “I don’t have a choice. I have to work late,” but you do have a choice.
Commit time to your family
Make a commitment to be home in time to have dinner with your family a few nights a week. You will not regret the decision later in life to have spent more time with family.
Eating and Exercise
When you feel like there’s no time to cook because your schedule is so packed, you may find yourself and the fast food drive through window more often than you’d like. You may also give up your exercise class.
Schedule exercise classes
- Use your calendar to schedule your time for exercise. Exercise produces those stress-relieving endorphins, too!
Track what you eat
Use phone apps like My Fitness Pal to monitor what you eat. These tools give a realistic view of what you eat so you can manage a healthy diet.
Prepare lunches and snacks
Prepare healthy lunches and snacks for you and your kids so you don’t end up grabbing a candy bar or a fast food item to eat. You’ll save calories and money. Eating right is a commitment to being healthy and having good health is a huge stress reliever.
This is HUGE! Living in debt is a huge stress. Having a zero-debt philosophy gives you room to breathe when it comes to finances. You may have house, car and tuition payments facing you regularly, but you know they are coming, so you can prepare. Here are some tools to help you manage your finances.
If you are in debt, make it your top priority to get out of it. There’s no reason to gather fees from overdue credit card payments. Take a few minutes to set up automatic payments and make sure your bank account is equipped to handle the statement balance. Always pay your full statement balance rather than a lower amount that will result in a fee.
Keep a budget
Set up a simple spreadsheet or use an online financial tracking tool where you can put in your income and expenses. Update your credit card balance throughout the month to see what’s left in your monthly budget.
Another tool you can use is to live by the Give-Save-Live philosophy.
- Give first. Buy any gifts or give any donations you want to make before anything else and budget up to 10% of your income for that.
- Save second. Set up an automatic transfer to your savings account to move 10% of every paycheck into that account and respect that it is there for a rainy day, not for that pair of shoes you really don’t need.
- Live third. Now, live on the rest. If you monitor your budget, you will know where you have room to splurge. You may need to go without some things like eating out or going to movies.
Being organized takes discipline and it becomes a lifestyle. When you create breathing room in your life through organization and prioritizing the most important things, you’ll find yourself living with less stress and more quality. When you look back on your life as an old person, isn’t that what you’ll wish you had done?