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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Finding Some Me Time

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A common struggle for most mothers is trying to find a few minutes to get away and have some alone time to escape the chaos and noise that is often a norm when raising kids. Whether spending 30 minutes soaking in a bubble bath to getting a pedicure at the local salon, there are a number of ways to feel rejuvenated once every week or two. Schedule some time in advance, so the weeks don't slip by while you're thinking "next week" there will be time.

Journal Over Coffee

One of the best ways to get a bit of R and R for the day is to slip away to a coffee shop and enjoy journaling to catch up on thoughts and dreams for the future. Not only is it extremely therapeutic, but it's a great way to discover more about yourself without feeling like your identity is consumed with motherhood.

Go For a Walk

Whether taking the dog along or going solo, taking a walk through the neighborhood will provide peace of mind and a bit of exercise. Not only will the mobility release endorphins, but it's a great way to enjoy some peace and quiet while getting fresh air.

Grab Dessert

Spending an hour or two alone doesn't need to be complicated. In fact, it oftentimes has to be simple when leaving kids at home with a sitter or a spouse. Enjoy having fun by getting a scoop of ice cream to enjoy for a guilt-free experience that doesn't involve anyone but you (no sharing!). You can read a good book or even people watch while enjoying the dessert.

See a Movie

For just two hours, a great way to escape is by catching a movie at the local theater. You can enjoy grabbing a bag of popcorn that doesn't need to be shared, while sitting wherever you want and watching a film that appeals to your preference...all without interruptions. Plan ahead by purchasing the movie ticket earlier in the week to prevent procrastination and to have something to look forward to in your hectic schedule.

Enroll in a Class

Spend time learning more about a hobby you have by taking a class at a community center for a bit of fun. It will force you to get away at least once a week while investing time in yourself with a passion that can include cooking, photography, or even creating art. Plan ahead to ensure you reserve a space before the class becomes full.