By Adele Blair
Ever have a “To Do” list so big that you need another list to help you tackle it? If that sounds like you, my guess is you are feeling a bit overwhelmed right now.
Before you know it, you'll be sitting in the dark because you didn’t pay the electricity bill, the fridge will be bare and your loved ones’ birthdays will have passed you by unacknowledged.
Keeping your life simple and organised can be easier than you think. Here are 6 tips for getting your life organized STAT.
1. Manage your Meals
Choose 10 meals you enjoy, be sure to include lots of variety, and rotate them for a few weeks. Make a standard grocery list to prepare those meals and just take the same list each time you visit the supermarket. Better still, do your grocery shopping online and save your grocery list so that each time you need supplies you can submit the same order.
2. Beat the Bills
You can set up automatic bill payments either via your credit card or internet banking. Work out which method suits you and just do it. Once it’s done all you need to do is check the bills when they arrive and then file them straight away – no double handling. Saves time and you won’t be sitting in the dark!
3. A Grip on Greetings
Keep a supply of greeting cards on hand – just grab a few whenever you are buying something from a store that sells them – ironically you find the cards you like when you don’t need them, so just buy them! You can even buy greeting cards on line. Once a month over a glass of wine on a Sunday afternoon, write out all cards for the next month, address and stamp them and put them in your bag ready to post.
4. One Thing at a Time
Rather than worrying about everything you’d like to organise/clean/tidy, work on one area at a time and focus on it for a minimum of 15 minutes; an hour max. Do this a few times a month and these tasks won’t seem so overwhelming and you can feel positive that you have worked on something that has been on your mind.
5. The Perfect Plan
Whilst spontaneity is the spice of life, sometimes a little planning can go a long way. Keep a calendar/schedule to manage how your precious time is spent, so easy to do now with so many Apps for Smart and Android devices. You don’t have to schedule every minute of every day, but you should start each week day with a plan and try to stick to it. Make sure you give yourself at least one day off each weekend to enjoy “spontaneity”.
6. Halt on Handling
Fill the dishwasher as soon as you’ve finished your meal, action your mail as soon as you open it, if possible empty your Inbox at the end of each day, fold clothes as soon as they come off the line – in other words only handle things once – this will save you time and keep things under control.
Visit Adele's website for more tips and tricks for time and space management www.blairlifestyle.com.au.