It’s currently Spring season in the United States of America and summer is right around the corner. We said goodbye to our winter and it was quite a memorable winter season across the country. For some, this means staying motivated in all aspects of our lives might be lacking. Summer usually means long summer nights and days where we may want to be outside and enjoying the nice weather versus cooped up inside classrooms or work environments. It also means heading to the beach, barbeques, festivals, camping trips, local park festivities and visiting hiking trails. As much as life would be easier to simple have fun all day long, I still work and I do enjoy my job.
I like to tackle four areas of my day to keep myself motivated throughout the day. My categories are my health, my ‘To Do List’, education and happieness. Here’s a simple outline of what you can do to stay motivated to get through your days.
- Health- Stay Healthy
- Drink a glass of water when you first wake up in the morning
- Get enough rest
- To Do List- Plan Your Day
- Tackle the top 3 tasks you want to get done on that day
- The 50/10 rule- Work on tasks for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute break
- Reflect daily- 10 minutes of reflection and self evaluation
- Education- Keep Learning
- Reading- Will increase your knowledge, which will keep you inspired
- Browsing- Learning from tutorials and actively researching on topics will increase your capabilities
- Brainstorm- This can lead to a gold mine of ideas of tasks you haven’t finished or have yet to plan out
- Happiness- Focus On What Makes You Happy
- Express gratitude- Think about 10 things you are grateful for each day
- Clean your desk- A tidy desk will be less stressful and less distracting
- Indulge in your favorite things- Set time aside to relax and enjoy your favorite things
So it seems that organization can be an issue for any household. Depending on how much your daily routines take up the extra time you have, and what needs to be done within that time frame. Household size also counts as well as square footage of said household size. I thought I would list some tips of how one might go about organizing daily life and personal organization. Although my mantra is to eliminate excessive amounts of items for these tips to apply to me, but everyone is different. I live a zero waste and minimalist lifestyle so maintaining it is simple since I don’t have to do much to get by 🙂
In Your home:
- Develop daily routines – Get into a regular routine to simplify your to-do list and plan better.
- Make your bed every day – Check out this video… Fast forward to the 4-minute mark and watch through the 6-minute mark and you will see how making your bed will simplify your life The Head of the Navy SEALs Explains Why Making Your Bed Every Day Is the Most Important Life Lesson.
- Delegate chores to household members – Don’t try to do everything around the house if you have others that can help. Ask for help to reduce your workload. Here’s a post for how to get your household members on-board with organizing the home.
- Place wall hooks in your entryway – Invest in a wall rack system or a few 3M hooks to hang keys, backpacks, coats and umbrellas so they are up and out of the way as soon as you arrive home. Be sure to check out our post for 10 Items You Need to Organize Your Home Like a RockStar with more ideas.
- Sort mail immediately – This ensures bills are not misplaced, other important items are not forgotten about and paperwork clutter is reduced.
- Write your to-do list before bed – Get things off your mind before bed so you can sleep better.
- Fold your clothes standing up – Try the Kon Marie method which allows you to easily see contents in drawers.
- Pack your lunch the night before – Reduce time spent in the morning getting ready by having lunches ready to go the night before. Better yet, prepare them all at the beginning of the week!
- Pack healthy snacks the night before – Here are a few healthy ideas for snacks to pack the night before.
- Keep a weekly meal planner – Try a meal planning journal like this and simplify grocery shopping, meal planning and your budget.
- Create a recycle station – include bins for recycling, trash, donate, sell. Try this one to get started.
For Personal Organization:
- Invest in a clear purse/briefcase organizer – Stop digging in your bag for an item. Invest in something like this and easily find what you are looking for.
- Use an online birthday reminder – Never forget another birthday (try punchbowl.com/reminders or Google contacts).
- Write down daily tasks – Electronic calendars are wonderful if you are on-the-go, but handwritten tasks are easy to cross off once completed. Try a paper day planner like this one or this pretty one.
- Get your finances in order – Create a budget if you don’t already have one. Try Mint.com and read this book (listen to it on Audible to save time).
- Create a follow up email folder – Place all unread emails there until read then delete.
- Flag important emails – Respond to flagged emails then archive or delete.
- Create folders for your emails – Try creating folders for electronic bills, electronic receipts, create a folder for each household member, etc. File important emails in each folder to reduce your primary inbox.
- Create a temporary folder on your computer – Place temporary items in the folder and delete files regularly.
- Organize multiple emails in one inbox – Forward all email addresses into one email inbox and set to auto-delete the forwarding emails copy so you never have to log into each email account individually.
- Organize your social media accounts – Organize your Facebook groups, Pinterest boards or create Twitter reading lists for a particular theme.