Some simple tips to help you save time and get more organised around the house.
Want to find a little more time and become more organised – then follow these tips and I promise not only will you feel more organised, but instead of life running you, you will be running your life.
Tip 1: To get more organised – Don’t be a Perfectionist
Trying to do everything to perfection can stop you attempting any job. Doing a job less well, but doing it more quickly is better than not starting the job at all. Perfectionism can also stop you delegating chores as others are not going to do the job to the same standard as you.
Tip 2: To Get More Organised – Have a day book
Have a day book. Take a notebook and each day write the date at the top of a new page. Use this notebook to keep a record of your daily to do lists, aiming of course, to complete each task you have listed each day. Write a new to do list each evening, including everything you need to do tomorrow. By the side of each item write an estimate of the time it will take to do each task, and categorise the tasks by importance. Also use your day book for personal notes and reminders and telephone messages. Keeping all this info in one book, will be a useful notebook to refer to for that date, or telephone number you have mislaid.
Tip 3: To Get Organised – Do a Time Audit
Record how much time you spend doing worthless activities that clog up your time. Things like watching rubbish TV, spending time on social network sites, chatting to a friend you will be seeing for a coffee later. Try to identify what you draws you to these time-wasting activities. That way you will find it easier to avoid them or multi task while you are indulging in them.
Tip 4: To Get More Organised – Try to Make the Mundane Fun
Do the ironing while watching your favourite TV programme. Have the radio on while you are doing the chores. Making the mundane fun is a good habit to adopt, as it will not only help lift your spirits, it will be a good example for your kids to follow. Encourage children to tidy their bedrooms and make these chores fun, by singing songs with them or playing make-believe games.
Tip 5: To Get More Organised – Work to a deadline
Have you ever noticed that when you have got to get something done within a limited time it just seems to happen. Setting deadlines and limiting the time you spend on activities will make you more productive. Try using the timer on the oven clock to manage your time more effectively, or play beat the clock to motivate yourself to do more in less time.
Tip 6: To Get More Organised – Exercise
Incorporate exercise into your daily routine rather than taking time out to go to the gym. Walking to the shops, doing the housework and gardening vigorously will save you money and burn calories. It will also act as extra incentive to do those energy draining chores.
Tip 7: To Get More Organised – Paperwork
If like me you are one of those people who if not careful, spends far too much time trying to lay my hands on a receipt a letter, or even someones telephone number. Sit down and think through your admin and filing systems. Use your day book to list where your admin hiccups occur, and write downs the solutions to these recurring situations. Then take some time out to plan when and how you are going to set up a new admin and filing systems.
Tip 8: To Get More Organised – Planning
When we are busy we can sacrifice planning. The result is that we can end up spending our time fire fighting, Recognise that time spent planning is vital to managing your time effectively. By spending time planning, long-term you will spend less time chasing your tail, be less stressed and spend less money.
Tip 9: Set Limits
Set limits on how many activities your kids do, and how many activities you find yourself committed to. Decide what is important to you and your family, and ditch what is not.
Tip 10: To Get More Organised – Delegate
Don’t feel you need to do everything. Delegating activities to other members of your family will help them develop good habits. If there are activities you hate or have difficulty doing, try to trade or get someone in to do the job.
Being more organised, like most things, is a habit that can be learned, and improved upon. So consider this exercise as something which is ongoing and work in progress, it is not a one hit solution.