There is never enough time.
I always feel like I’m drowning, failing, slacking.
No, I don’t have loads of paperwork to do, and I don’t have 800 activities to take children to, but I still never feel like I have enough time to do everything I want to/need to get done. I feel like I have an eternal to-do list, and always feel like I am dropping the ball in some department. However, these are a few tidbits I’ve started implementing in my life that have helped me increase my productivity, and given me back some of my time.
- Getting up early – Early is probably relative. But to me, I try to get up no later than 7:30 to get my day going. I find that especially when I do it consistently, my mornings run so much smoother and I’m not rushed for the rest of the day.
- Getting ready – Look good, feel good, do good. If I get up, out of my pajamas, and feel good about myself, I am much more likely to get stuff done.
- Make the bed – Seriously, it takes a minute. I love walking into my room when my bed is made. It looks nice, and it makes me feel like I’ve already accomplished something for the day. It almost depresses me walking into my room when my bed is unruly.
- Plan out days – If I just look at my week and have a long list of things to do, it overwhelms me, and I never feel like I am doing enough in one day. However, I have started setting aside certain days for different things. The amount of freedom that this has offered me is wonderful. I don’t stress about cleaning over the weekend, because I know I’ll do it on Monday. And I don’t feel like I have to go grocery shopping on Monday in between loads, because I know I’ll go on Wednesday.
- Monday: cleaning, laundry, blog
- Tuesday: meal planning
- Wednesday: grocery shopping, errands, blog
- Thursday: spend time with people
- Friday: spend time with Shiloh, blog, prepare for the weekend (whatever that looks like!)
- To-do list – I am much more productive if I can see exactly what I need to get done, as opposed to having it all jumbled in my head. Every night I make a list of the things I have to get done the following day, and usually it isn’t even as much as I had made it out to be in my head. It helps me clear my head and get ready for the day. Then, at the end of the day, I go through and see how well I did with my list. It’s always rewarding for me to check items off the list and go to bed feeling productive.
- Start the day right– I find that if I have a clean slate to start with, I have a much better day. I generally try to have all the dishes done, and at least the common areas picked up before I go to bed at night. It may put me in bed 15 minutes later, but then when I wake up I don’t already have loads of housework to do, but I can start a new day fresh.
We all have busy lives. We all have more things we want to do than we have time for. We all want to be more productive. These things help me to feel more in control of my time, and definitely more organized. Something has got to control my time, and I’d much rather it be me than the business of life.
What are some things that help you keep order in your life?