The only way to truly "get organized" is by simplifying. This means focusing on the important things in life — ridding yourself of anything that merely takes up time, space, money, or energy without giving you any benefit.
• YOUR MEALS: Once a week take a look at your calendar so you know what’s happening for the following week. Make a simple meal plan based on that, including breakfasts, lunches and dinners for everyone in the family. Decide which meals you’re going to cook, write a shopping list for what you need and take it with you to the shops or order online for home delivery at a time that’s convenient to you.
• YOUR HOME: Your home is where you and your family want to relax and recharge. If your home is cluttered or untidy it’s more likely to be a burden on your time and stress you out. Think about decluttering your home, create some space and make it easier to manage with less effort needed from you.
• YOUR SELF CARE: If you have a lot on your plate, it’s all too easy to put yourself at the bottom of the priority list. When you do have time for self-care, it’s often too little, too late. Instead, think about some simple ways you can make looking after yourself a regular part of your routine. It doesn’t have to be costly, time-consuming or complicated. Little changes and a few minutes to yourself can make the world of difference.
• SAY NO: Think about everything you say YES to: community involvement, errands for others, visiting, running around. Think about how they benefit you, your family, your business, your health, and your mind. If they do not benefit you, learn to say “NO!”
If somebody asks you to do something you don’t want to do, or don’t have time to do, or isn’t in line with your priorities and values, then say no if you can! This is your time and how you choose to spend it is up to you. Saying no doesn’t mean it’s no forever, it could just mean ‘not today.’ Remember that every time you say ‘yes’ to one thing, you’re saying ‘no’ to something else. Always ask yourself what’s a priority for you right now?
• YOUR MIND: A cluttered mind is one that’s not only full of thoughts and knowledge but also full of things to remember, worries and problems. A decluttered mind helps you focus on what’s important, avoid distractions and helps you find clarity on how you’re really feeling. Your brain is meant for much more than just remembering the tiny details of daily life. Pop your thoughts and to do lists down on a notepad or in the notes section on your phone and give your brain a breather!
• YOUR DAILY ROUTINE: How many times do you get to the end of the day but still haven’t achieved everything you set out to? Would you like to be more organized and use the time that you DO have in your day more productively, so that you get the important things done and still find time for you?! If this sounds good, I encourage you to create some simple little daily habits that help get things done as part of the natural flow of your day.
Take some time this week to think of ways you can simplify your life. Please contact Simply Organized Nashville if I can help you reach your goals for organizing or simplifying your life!