“Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40
Do you ever find yourself wishing for more time in your day? Perhaps you get to the end of the day and ask, “What have I accomplished?” Feelings of frustration and disappointment threaten.
Getting It Done
Many books have been written about home management and organization. After years of trial and error, I’ve found a few methods that work for me.
Get up earlier
Making a To Do list the night before is key to a productive day. It is like programming the brain. Keep the list pared down 4 or 5 tasks. I find this keeps me from feeling overwhelmed.
Early the next day, review the list. Assign priority to each job. The important ones will be done first.
But what about the tasks that don’t get done? Researchers believe the conscious mind receives a signal when a task is left undone. A feeling of conflict follows. When this happens, I usually feel a little nudge to get it done another day.
A Day Planner is useful for appointments and planning future events. I attach a Master list to the week. With any free time, I choose an extra task. This not only helps with organization but also for better time management.
After I retired, I found myself wasting time. Then I agonized over too much housework and so little time. Thankfully, I discovered The Fly Lady. She has an amazing system for getting house work manageable. It’s easy. Doesn’t take long to learn the system. The time saved will amaze you. I’ve been using it for about nine years.
MyLifeOrganized is a “task management system”. Tutorials are on the website, and it can be used for MAC or Windows. A free trial is offered. Standard and Premium plans are available. I haven’t used this one, but it looks easy to use.
This is a great app for organizing. I’ve used this for research in my Fiction writing. I love the fact that images can be stored with 1 click. The Evernote web clipper is great for saving articles, content and recipes. There is a Basic version, which is free.
Focus At Will
This is a music or sound app for writing or studying. Something about the beat of the music helps the mind focus. Focus at Will minimizes distractions. I loved it.
An egg timer is an easy way to time certain projects. Android phones have a timer that can be used. When I have trouble focusing on writing, it helps to have a block of time scheduled. Something about knowing I have x amount of minutes to complete a task, keeps me focused.
Getting Up Early
Getting up an hour earlier can help with getting jobs done before work and/or before the family awakens.
Taking a walk, even 30 minutes a day will increase your energy. If you can’t manage exercise at the end of your day, try getting up earlier.
When interruptions to your routine occur. Stop. Take a deep breath. Allow a few minutes to rearrange your priorities. The reality is life happens and there’s always tomorrows list.
You will be surprised to find how much time you can save in using these suggestions. I urge you to try them. There are many other organizational tips out there. Would you be willing to share time savers that you’ve found helpful?