5 Keys to Organize Everyday
How much happier would you be if you just felt organized most of
the time? The secret is to work with your lifestyle, not against
it. Use these five keys to help:
A. Time on Your Side
Use a planner (electronic or paper) 24/7. Write down all
appointments, practices and meetings. Enlist the help of others to
get everything done in a timely manner. Set your priorities and
live by them.
B. Paper Practices
Sort your mail over a recycling bin. Immediately sort and
file into categories: items to do, items to file (long term),
bills to pay, items to refer to someone else, etc. Keep your
planner in hand. Set up a basket or file for items to read.
Print only necessities off your computer. Set up a file folder or
basket for kids' school papers.
C. Meal Madness
Keep an ongoing grocery list. Make a list of meals your
family enjoys. Use it to make a weekly meals list. Shop once
a week so you'll have all the necessary ingredients for one week of
meals. Clean up the kitchen nightly no matter how tired you feel.
Keep it off the kitchen counter if you don't use it daily. Make
healthy meals, eaten together, a family priority. Get everyone
D. Morning Rush Hour
Spend a few minutes each evening preparing for the next day.
Make sure all necessities (briefcases, bookbags, sports equipment) are
by the door. Choose an outfit as well as accessories for tomorrow.
Set up a laundry routine you can live with (Read
"12 Ways to Organize Your Laundry.") Streamline bathrooms.
Keep daily essentials within easy reach and away from backup items and
products you rarely use. Keep the TV and radio off unless you need
them as temporary distractions for small children.
E. Everyday Essentials
Think about all the little items you use on a daily basis such as
soap, keys, batteries, light bulbs and tape. Jot down a quick
list. Assign storage places in your home for these items (one for
current supply, one for backup supply). Stop searching and start
Copyright 2008-12. Barbara Myers. The Time Manager.
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