I still have a long way to go to get all-the-way-organized. I’m working on it, but I’m far from perfect. You want proof? Yesterday, I was working on my DIY project for this week (it involves cereal boxes and Duck Tape). Not even half way through, I ran out of Duck Tape. I couldn’t help but think that if I had been better organized, if I had planned things better, I wouldn’t have been working on this project so close to the time I wanted to post it here. And with more time, I would’ve had plenty of wiggle room to get to the store and home again to finish my project for a Friday post.
Saturday DIY it is. Now you totally have something to look forward to, and time to stock up on Duck Tape.
So my time might not be totally organized just yet, but I am working on it. Here are some hacks I’m trying to implement on a day-to-day basis.
- Do One Load of Laundry Each Day: This is pretty self explanatory, but I find that if I get one load done each day, then it doesn’t pile up, and my weekends aren’t planned around what needs to be cleaned or folded.
- Wake Up Earlier: I’ve been trying to get up around 6:15 each morning. Having time before the kids get up gives me the chance to get some work done (like my freelance work) or even to have time to myself in the quiet.
- Keep My To Do List Handy: I’ve always been a paper and pen kind of girl, but I’ve started putting my daily To Do list on my iPod. I always have it on me, in a pocket or my purse. It’s accessibility saves time and has been a lot more efficient. The same goes for my calendar, and since I can sync my iPod with my computer, life is good.
- Write Everything Down: And I mean everything. I write calendar reminders as soon as I get them, I write myself notes of things to remember, I text myself the name of things I need to remember. Taking the time to write it down to begin with means that I’m saving myself time in the long run.
- Meal planning: I’ve been planning dinners since my 30 Days of Coupons. But writing them down so they are obvious makes me stick to them and makes it clear to everyone else what we’re having. It means that we don’t eat out because we forget what’s in the fridge.
- Schedule My Time: Okay. I don’t do this, just yet, but I have big plans to start organizing my time better by writing it down and sticking to it. I hope that by planning my hours, I’ll spend them more productively (and that might mean doing my Friday DIY projects before Thursday.)
- One-Minute Rule
What are your favorite hacks for organizing your time?