Who's ready to get serious about organizing their life?!
The only way I really feel organized is to set goals, make lists and plan, plan, plan!
"Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree, I will spend the first 4 sharpening the axe" - Abraham Lincoln
This is true with everything in life. If you have a goal in mind, you must plan and do your research before attempting to accomplish it. I live by my planner and lists everyday to keep me on task!
Here's what I have set up over the past few weeks that have helped me stay focused on getting tasks done and goals accomplished.
Number one, you will need a good planner. I picked up this Day Designer planner from Target recently and I am loving it! It is a July 2016 - June 2017 calendar, but there are blank weekly and daily pages that you can fill in and start using immediately.
(sorry these pics are a bit dark... I need to work on my photog skills!)
I love the daily pages because it helps map out your day by the hour. I seriously have to fill this out daily to keep on target with what needs to get done. I have major ADD somedays, so this helps me stay on track and not get distracted.
On top of keeping a daily planner, I also created what I like to call my Life Binder.
I picked up a 3 ring binder from Target and some pretty dividers, some even from the dollar spot! PS - Target has some really cute office/planner supplies in the dollar spot at the moment!
The first thing in my Life Binder is a weekly list of all the major aspects of my life that I need to keep on top of. I made this simple sheet in excel and it's something that I update weekly. Every Sunday or Monday I will list tasks, goals, to do's in each category for the week. As I complete the tasks, I check them off.
Behind my weekly worksheet, I have each category labeled on the dividers. Here I can add any paperwork, lists I've made or anything else I need to keep track of for that category.
I found some free printables for weekly meal planning, weekly cleaning schedule and blog posts. I try to print these and update them weekly. I use the Emily Ley free blog planner printables for the blog calendar and weekly blog post ideas.
Towards the back, I keep a page protector full of coupons that I don't want to lose track of. I also keep a page protector to hold any invitations we receive in the mail. I keep extra page protectors in the back if needed.
After I put this binder together, I've felt so much more organized on a daily basis. Knowing that soon I will be a SAHM with 2 under 2, I'm hoping this will help me stay sane and keep up with my time management. As of right now, we don't have a house cleaner, but that would be the first person I would hire in a heartbeat! It's so hard to keep up with the house cleaning chores!
What do you use to keep you organized? Do you keep a daily planner?