Organization 101-The Best Way to Plan Your Week

Organization 101-The Best Way to Plan Your Week

Let’s Be Real

The best way to organize your week is to plan it out ahead of time.  This step alone can be a challenge to most people as they set unrealistic goals for themselves.  Lesson number one:  you have to keep things real.  If you create unrealistic goals you are most likely not going to meet them.  So instead of 3 substantial goals, break them down into 6 to 8 smaller goals.  This will also help to prevent you from becoming overwhelmed.

 

Make a List

It might sound simple to the point of silly, but you would be amazed at what writing a list can do.  Just sit down, look around, and see what needs to be done.  You have to realize what the tasks at hand are before you can allocate time to these tasks.  A list can also make sure you don’t overlook anything and they are good for both home and work purposes.

 

Budget Your Time

There are only so many hours in a day and more important, they are only so many hours you can devote to one task.  If you spend 8 hours a day at work and want to get in 8 hours of sleep, you need to take the other hours of the day and block them off for the additional tasks you need to perform.  For busy people a schedule is imperative.  Let’s say you have a full-time job but you are also taking online classes plus you need to get in time for housework and to go to the gym.  Ask yourself about solid deadlines versus no deadlines and plan around that in addition to your days off.  Once you have a schedule, you must discipline yourself to adhere to it.

 

Don’t Stop When You Are Ahead

Let’s say you actually get ahead of your schedule and you have spare time.  It is your choice as to what you do with this time, but keep in mind that be utilizing it wisely it will reduce your workload for the rest of the week.  If you have the energy and the momentum, go with it and put in those extra few minutes.  By getting ahead you can stay ahead and that schedule will look less intimidating as the days go by.  At the same time if you know you need to stop when the work is done, then do so in order to achieve the next day’s tasks.  Only you can make that call for yourself.

 

There’s An App for That

With the advances in mobile technology there is certainly no shortage of (free) tools to help you plan and organize your week.  We used to set our watches as reminders but now we can program our phones to actually speak to us when it is time to do something.  Calendars, notifications, and reminders are definitely not in short supply and it is going far beyond smartphones with the hardware and software found in “smart homes”.  So take advantage of the resources around you, set achievable goals, and take control of time instead of it controlling you.

 

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Frugal: Being a Mom on a Budget

Mom on a Budget

It’s one thing to live on a tight budget when you’re in college. It’s just you and grilled cheese and tomato soup can go a long way.

But now you have a family and that budget has to stretch a whole lot further.

Here are some tips to help you stay on budget without scrimping on quality.

Fun with Your Kids

Not every family activity has to cost a fortune. While it is nice to splurge once in a while, here are some ideas to bring everyone together for some creative fun.

Scavenger Hunt: Everyone loves these and all it takes is a few trinkets hidden here and there to make it a Family Fun Day. Make some prizes to go along with the most booty collected and make sure to include your kids in the hiding and decision making of who wins what.

Outdoor Ornaments: This is a really cool activity for everyone. Pour some water into molds and add leaves and flowers. Throw it into the freezer and just as the water turns to slush, stick a straw into it so you can extract it from the mold. After it freezes solid, take it out of the mold and hang it in your trees and bushes with string.

Laundry DIY

This is a chore not many relish including us. And it seems like prices for things like softener and stain removers increase daily.

Try some of these ideas to see if they work for you.

Blood Stain Remover: Good old hydrogen peroxide. Just keep dabbing it on until the stain disappears.

Get Out the Grease: Remember Prell shampoo in that green bottle? This stuff is the best degreaser on the planet.

Fabric Softener: Skip the pricey Downy and make some yourself. Get some inexpensive fabric softener and mix one part softener with four parts water. Put this solution in a spray bottle and spray your clothes as you put them in the dryer. Even banishes static cling!

Cool Gift Baskets on a Budget

Everyone loves getting gift baskets and you can still make a splash even on a budget.

New Mom: Load things for Mom that she may not think about for herself. Some Chapstick, lotion and some bubble bath will go a long way to soothing frazzled nerves.

Big Teen Birthday: If your teen has just turned 16, put together a gift basket with lots of new car items like a key chain for her keys, an ice scraper if you live in colder climates and even a roll of quarters for the car wash.

Need More Storage?

Plastic containers come in all shapes and sizes and you can get 10 of them at the dollar store for $10. Put them in the cabinet under sinks, in linen closets and even in your sock drawer.

Save empty diaper wipe containers. Wash them out and use them for crayon and marker storage.

Does your dog have tons of toys? Toss them into an unused basket for safe keeping.

Frugal does not always equal cheap. Being a Mom on a budget means you get to be even more creative.

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