One Reason You May Suck At Being Organised.
Ok, you’re geared up for success, you work hard , you spend quality time with your family, you work hard keeping your house clean but you still don’t feel organised and in control.
You think other people seem to have it all together, they know when their kids have activities, they know when projects are due, you assume they are on top of their game at work, they always look put together and their house is always clean.
You ask yourself why you missed that important meeting, or forgot your kids swimming kit, or feel your house is dirty and disorganised, you wish you could spend more time with your kids rather than trying to juggle work commitments and chores.
It’s not easy , everyone has their own battles to deal with, perhaps you’re struggling with
- Lack of free time
- Chronic pain or illness
- ill family members or family members with special needs
- Lack of support from family members
- A spouse who is absent most of the time.
- Being a single parent
- Financial instability
- Elderly relatives living at home
- Chronic Fatigue
- A very demanding work schedule
- A demanding business.
- After school activities
- University or work commitments
- Busy family life
- Having small children and a new baby.
Many people struggle to cope each and every day, there isn’t a magic potion we can all use to suddenly have more hours in the day , have a spouse who is home at 5.30 every day, or have a pain-free day.
But there is an “order” in which we can do things which help us become more effective and organised with the small amount of time we do have spare .
Listen up !
The order in which we do things may be affecting the way we succeed at being an organised person.
To be really successful at anything you’ve got to be determined that you’re not going to stop until you’ve reached your goal, no matter what life throws at you along the way , you’ve just got to keep going.
So, what is this “order ” I speak of ?
It’s a routine that you set yourself to follow each morning and you strive to achieve this routine each and every day.
- If you are sick of coming home from work to a messy kitchen, you need to schedule filling up the dishwasher into your morning routine .
- If you’re sick of missing your kids events at school , you need to schedule check the calendar into your morning routine.
- If you’re struggling to keep the bathroom clean, flash clean the bathroom needs to be added to your routine.
Here is an example of my morning routine, I do this without fail every day , if I’m working I get up early to do it before I leave for work .
I don’t do anything else until this routine is done, as this is the minimum I have to do to keep my life and my family organised and running smoothly.
I have people relying on me for hundreds of tiny things every day, if I’ve not got certain things completed regularly then other things will not get done, the big things, the things that matter.
My Morning Routine
- Prepare ingredients for tea, ~ defrost meat, chop veg or start the slow cooker.
- Tidy kitchen and dining area, ~ load dishwasher, clear surfaces.
- Tidy entrance, ~ sort post, tidy shoes, clear floor.
- Tidy lounge, ~ tidy floor, put everything away, tidy toys.
- Tidy daughters room, ~ straighten up , declutter paper , check for any dirty laundry , check the bed is made, open curtains
- Tidy sons room ~ tidy any toys or books which have been played with before school, check for any laundry, make the bed, open curtains.
- Tidy master bedroom, make the bed, put clothes away, remove any items which belong elsewhere.
- Flash clean bathroom ie sanitise sink, toilet, wipe shower doors, hang towels, dry bath mat , polish mirror, stash toiletries away.
Please note that these are the minimum things I do before I leave the house for work everyday. My kids do tidy up after themselves, open the curtains and make their own beds but I am just going round double checking they’ve not missed anything.
If I didn’t defrost the food for tea , I would not have the ingredients I needed to cook a healthy home-made tea and I would have to grab something quick which isn’t always the healthiest option.
If the house isn’t kept tidy my kids and spouse would just make a bigger mess, if it is kept tidy they won’t leave as much stuff lying around and are less prone to lose things.
If the kitchen surfaces are clear, it is much quicker to make my kids a healthy meal than if I have to start clearing a cluttered kitchen.
How To Create Your Own Morning Routine.
- Write down all the things which you’d like to be more organised with, the areas you feel constantly trip you up or catch you off guard, the things which you feel are out of control. For example: If you are always unprepared at tea time and end up feeding the kids a last-minute unhealthy meal.
- Write down a solution to each of these problems. For example prep veg or start slow cooker with a home cooked meal.
- Take this solution and work it into your morning routine.
- Continue to do this until your list is complete
- Your list could be as short or as long as you like, if you only decide to commit to preparing the tea before you go out in the morning that’s ok, as long as it improves your day.
- Commit to following this list every single morning including weekends and holidays, don’t slack , let it become a habit that is set in stone, it should be the bare minimum that needs to be done to keep your house running smoothly to make you feel more organised and in control.
- Do what it takes to make this a habit, get up earlier than the rest of the family, stay off social media till its done.
- Don’t start any other jobs until you’ve done the bare bones, don’t get distracted by the big stuff until your routine is done.
- For instance I can’t start to clean until my house is tidy! I’m not going to start on my ironing until I’ve prepared tea because at the end of each day my kids need to be fed a nutritious healthy meal .
How to make it work for you.
- Your routine should be written in a way which flows for you.
- Start with the easiest room to do first.
- If you plan on getting up earlier than the kids you would be better to do something from your routine in the furthest room away from their bedrooms so you don’t wake them up and lose your precious time alone .
I for instance , schedule the bathroom last so it’s done after everyone else has finished and made their mess.
After my routine is done I make sure I do one load of laundry, put one load of laundry away and do 15 mins of ironing ( or approximately 10 items), this saves me from having to spend a full afternoon catching up on laundry or having to do any panic ironing when someone needs something for school or work. It also prevents the awful Sunday afternoon spent tediously preparing school uniforms and work shirts.
I should point out that I do other loads of laundry throughout the week but one load per day is the bare bones required to keep the chaos away!
All other jobs such as cleaning, shopping , chores, paperwork, decluttering, yard work, extra laundry, meal planning and batch cooking etc are done whenever there is space during the week in between working, picking up the kids, after school activities family days out etc (but after the morning routine is complete), however , you may find that some of these jobs are already listed on your morning routine !
How it works.
Each day you do your routine you will find you get quicker and quicker, you will get more done than you ever imagined and you will get more and more organised.
The more organised you are the more free time you will have and you will feel more in control , this , in turn, will make you feel more energised to deal with other areas of your life that may have been overwhelming you.
Your morning routine can be as long or short as you feel comfortable with, you know how much time you have to dedicate to it , use that time wisely, tackle the jobs which really will make the biggest impact in your day and prioritise the important jobs!
Every time you do something from your routine you’ll find that its gets easier and easier for instance
- If you’ve vowed to open your post and file it away every day , you’ll soon find that you are spending less and less time doing paperwork.
- It won’t be a huge task which you keep putting off anymore, you may find that you now spend five minutes decluttering the file with the spare time you’ve accumulated.
- Eventually your filling system will always be up to date uncluttered and easy to use, which in return makes opening your post every day a minimal job which should take seconds to complete.
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