Organizing Life One Day at a Time

Do you feel that you are constantly running around busier than can be? Do you wish you had more time to relax and just enjoy life? Well, you can but it takes effort. Organization is the key to balancing your life in a way that can be both productive and fun.

As the saying goes, water cannot be drawn from an empty well. Before you chauffer the kids around all day or run errands until you go crazy, take some time for yourself; sign up for a yoga class, read your favorite book for merely twenty minutes, or take a bubble bath. No matter what it is or how long it takes, do it. Quality, in this case, is more important than quantity. Let your mind relax and then start your day.

Before you start your day, preferably the night before, make a list for the next day. Order this list from highest to lowest priority. Ponder for a few minutes what is most important for you to get done and what is least important. Once you have a list of things needing to get done, organize them by when you will accomplish them. Some things are better down in the morning, some in the afternoon, and some in the evening.

Having a planner—and not forgetting to use it—will help you organize your day faster than any other method. Write down hour-by-hour what you will do the next day. This may seem tedious and dull; however, when you have a plan you will be much for effective then if you were just trying to remember the plethora of things to get done.

When you have a to-do list, however, it is important to remain flexible. Otherwise, you will find yourself in binds when you can’t complete all on your list. Be flexible to move what you need to do around to different times of the day, or even to the next day or week. Don’t over schedule yourself, but at the same time, don’t waste away precious time doing ineffective things.

As you complete a task on your list, be sure to cross it off. Not only will this bring satisfaction, but it will allow you to see how much time there really is in a day, and give you confidence to keep doing more of what you need to do.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jessica Garlick is a blogger, editor, health enthusiast, and mom. When she’s not hitting the gym, she regularly posts articles on medicare advantage plans and other health-related topics. Jessica lives with her family and is currently working on her degree.