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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October To-Do List

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October is one of the most festive months of the year for plenty of Halloween activities that come with the new season. From pumpkin carving to apple picking, there is plenty to plan for moms looking to keep their family busy in the fall.

Carve Pumpkins

Take a trip to the pumpkin patch if you have a local one; the kids will love it. Then allow kids to get a bit creative with pumpkin carvings, or print out stencils that can be used for decorative designs or silhouettes on each pumpkin. You can then place a candle in each individual pumpkin on the porch for a fun way to celebrate the season as a family.

Bake Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are an affordable and healthy snack to make during October and are easy to bake with a touch of salt or cinnamon on a few cookie sheets. Roasted pumpkin seeds contain zinc and vitamin E for a treat that kids can enjoy both baking and eating for a nice break from candy.

Make Costumes

For those who want to trick-or-treat in an original creation, it's important to make handmade costumes that are unique in design and will make for a memorable look in the neighborhood. Ask each family member what type of Halloween costume they would like, and make a list of the materials you'll need and props you'll be using to complete the look.

Apple Picking

Fall is harvest time and the season to enjoy the fruits of the year's labor. Have fun apple picking on a local farm for fresh fruit that can be fun for kids to gather. Once getting home, make delicious recipes that include fresh apple cider or even warm apple pie for fall favorites.

Decorate

Make an activity out of furnishing the home with Halloween and fall decor with a bit of planning for how the house can be transformed. Include spooky cobwebs, decorative spiders, and even natural fall leaves for table decor, which may be found right in the front yard. Festive string lights can also be used, as well as melted candles for a great flickering effect.

Throw a Halloween Party

Celebrate the season by planning a Halloween party for both friends and neighbors to attend for a night that can be family-friendly and include spooky music, plenty of candy, and even bobbing for apples. Incorporate traditional games and a list of activities that will make for a haunted night to remember. Include a costume contest that everyone can participate in for both kids and adults, along with prizes for the winners. You can even team up with another family or two to split the work of preparing and paying for the party.

 

Save Time and Money With a Shopping List

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Busy moms need all the tips and tricks they can get to keep things running smoothly for the family. Shopping for groceries and household items is something that must be done, but is often dreaded due to the time needed and the expense that adds up quickly. One time saver that can also help in saving money, getting you in and out of the store in short order, is to rely on a well thought out shopping list. You can gather up the coupons you'll use as well. While planning the shopping does take some focused time and effort, it is well worth it when you can breeze through the store easily and efficiently.

Plan Ahead

• Menu Plan - taking some time to think about your menu plan, and making your grocery list according to it, means you minimize the time you need to shop. This happens because with a good list, you simply have to breeze through and check things off instead of consider what you’re getting while standing in the aisles. You're likely to spend more than you want if you don't plan ahead.

• Master Plan - if you keep a master plan of the things you typically buy on every shopping trip, you can print it out or save it on your smart phone and simply add the extras to it each week. This method can work with menu plans as well; keep a rotating menu plan for easy planning.

• Note It - anytime you notice something running low, such as dish soap or toothpaste, go ahead at get it noted on your list right then while you are thinking about it. Busy moms tend to notice the need, then file it away and forget it amid the bustle of daily life. This happens to me often, and then I remember the needed item after I have come home from shopping. Frustrating!

• Make It Easy - on your shopping day, it is a good idea have something easy planned for supper. Take out is a great way to come home from shopping with the meal already taken care of. Sandwiches or other such light and easy foods work as well.

Stick to It

In spite of all the good things at the store, avoid purchases that are not in the plan. Obviously, if you remember something that is needed, then get it. If you’re shopping with the kids, you might let each one pick one thing if they're behaving.

A well thought out list that you stick to is a time saver and the key to saving money in the store.