Get Everything Down On Paper

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Ok my fellow organizers, let’s take a look at something we all have to do…. running errands.

Never fun but something that has to be done right. Well first look at some of the more common ones. Carpooling the kids, grocery shopping, general shopping, filling the car up with gas, going to Dr. appointments, returning those library books before they are so overdue that you could have bought the book for less. I could go on and I’m sure you could too.

 

The thing is these are all things that need to be done and most people tend to try to cram them in when there is absolutely no way to put them off any longer, which makes the errands more than just something you need to do into something that needs to be done 2 days ago and adds to overall stress and pressure in your day to day life.

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Let me run down a few ideas here to help organize and manage some of those jobs that you may currently like to put off until the last possible moment.

 

  1. If you’re married or in a committed relationship, consider splitting the load. My husband takes care of the car maintenance, making sure the gas tanks are full, and keeping the yard in order. He is also very handy fixing broken things around the house.

 

  1. Grocery Shopping has to be done, unless you can afford to eat out every day which most people can’t. You’ve heard it said never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach but I say never go grocery shopping without a list. I like to shop for a week at a time. Before I go shopping I plan first what I plan to cook for dinner each night of the week. Then I check my freezer and pantry to see what I need. Then I write a list that covers all of the meals. I also fill in general items for breakfasts and lunches. I have found that this cuts my shopping time down considerably and I don’t get home start dinner and find I need to run back to the store because I don’t have one of the ingredients for dinner. You also save money because you aren’t simply throwing random items into your cart that you may not even need.

 

 

  1. Household necessities such as toilet paper and laundry detergent are something everyone needs. I have found that instead of running to the store one day for toilet paper and two days later heading back for shampoo I choose one day a month and get it all. I like to head to COSTCO but Walmart, Target, wherever works. I stock up on all of my main items once a month and then I don’t have to worry about it again. My monthly stock up list looks like this; toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, razors, toothpaste, laundry soap, fabric softener, stain removal, Tylenol, Advil, and cleaning supplies. Again, make the list and stick to it. If you head to one of the bulk stores you may even be able to get away with stocking up every 2 or 3 months. What you don’t want to do is run out early and have to run to the local supermarket for laundry soap or other item in that category because you will typically end up spending more.

 

So, go ahead, make those lists, plan ahead, and you will not only save some time and stress but you may also save some money as well. You may think that if you had the time of course you would be more organized but by taking a little time to plan out your errands you will find the extra time you so desperately need. Who knows, you may have time for a hot bath or to read a good book at home since you won’t have to stop by the store each day to pick up dinner or more shampoo.

 

Watch this video for more help. (If you don’t get anything out of it, hey at least he’s hot)

In my next blog, I’ll be offering some tips for organizing your house which sorry to say begins with some major cleaning for most!

Keep Going, Don’t Get Overwhelmed

Life keeps moving whether you’re standing still or running your butt off trying to get everything done that needs to be done.

 

I happen to feel that with some simple organizational steps you can find that elusive thing that so many people seem to lack these days, time.

It doesn’t matter whether you work 40 hours a week or stay at home and take care of the family life has a way of keeping you busy. There are so many things that need to be taken care of in life. Go to work, make money so you can survive, clean the house, take care of the yard, keep your vehicles in working order, pick the kids up from school, take the kids to all of their after-school commitments, pick up groceries, cook dinner…. you get the picture, right?

Then of course there is the one thing that gets neglected most often…when do you have family time or even a little me time. No one can keep going indefinitely without having some down time.

I would like to suggest that you take a little time and a few simple steps to organize the professional, family, and home life that may just give you a little perspective and help you find some extra time in your day to slow down and enjoy everything that you’ve been working for.urban-438393_640

Let’s start with work. Like most people you may find that work is a necessary evil. Even if you love what you do for a living it tends to take a big chunk out of your day. Most look at an 8-hour day of work and many find that the commute to and from can take up a good portion of your time as well.

Depending on your job taking a proactive approach can help make the day easier for you. No matter who your boss is or the type of work do you have a job to do and typically 8-hours to get it done each day. Perhaps you are a cashier and you need to ring up your customers, make sure your till balances or maybe you have to put stock back on the shelf. Some people deal with irate customers all day and troubleshoot problems, write reports, hire employees, or plan meetings and mergers.

Take some time to find out exactly what your boss expects of you each day and break it down. Putting high priority item first and moving on from there can help you get what needs to be done on time so you don’t end up working late or leaving the office with work hanging over your head or worse work coming home with you. I know this is not always possible but in every job, I have ever had I have found that my bosses were always more than willing to let me know what they expect and what can or cannot be left until the following day.adventure-1850205_640

Knowing what your boss expects helps you maintain a good working relationship and gives you a plan of attack so to speak so you can get the work done right the first time and not keep you working late redoing something you did that may not have been done the way your boss wants it.

Keeping a daily calendar on my desk and listing projects in order of importance and knowing exactly what I needed to be working on each day helped me to tackle my duties one at a time and helped to ensure that I wasn’t scrambling an hour before I clocked out trying to finish up everything so I could leave on time.

I also found that keeping my work space clean and uncluttered, at least as much as possible helped me to take care of work more efficiently. When my desk is packed with files, messes, and general debris I spend valuable time searching for what I need to do my work which adds to my stress level and how quickly I am able to get things done.

I hope these organizing tips help make your work day a little bit less stressful. In my next blog, I’m going to cover how to organize the ever-growing list of errands that need to get taken care of.