I’m an organizational freak ~ I LOVE to stay organized at all times. I’m one of those crazies that has to have the bed made before I eat my breakfast. If I don’t, I lose my mind. Why do I insist on staying organized? I honestly don’t know. I just hate the thought of not having things in its place.
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t use to be this way. When I was in high school, my Mom would beg me to make my bed for a day and I didn’t understand why. Why would I make a bed just to unmake it that evening? Yet, I started to get my ish together when I got my first apartment. Oh, how the tables turn. And here’s how I keep my ish together on the daily.
Make your bed before you leave your room
You could have guessed it ~ but just make your bed every morning. I swear to goodness you’ll get addicted. You may turn out like me and not be able to leave the room without your bed looking perfect. If you’re already a bed-making fan, cheers to you girl (or gal).
Journal while drinking your morning coffee
Write it out. I’ve always been a big fan of journaling, but not one to take the time to do it every morning. Since I’ve been working from home, I made it part of my morning routine once again. Interestingly enough, I’ve been into manifest journaling and will have an update for you guys shortly.
Take some you time for you
Every day take some time for you. I don’t care if it’s only 15 minutes while you drink your morning coffee, or it’s on your break to go for a walk. For me, I take time every morning to journal and get my thoughts out there. If I’m really needing it, I will journal before bed as well.
Write out lists … for everything
I’ve got lists for everything. I have a to-do list for my blog, a to-do list for my full-time job, and a journal for all my morning thoughts. And you bet I’ve got a separate journal for each. If I have my regular to-do list combined with my personal to-do list my thoughts and motivation go in various different directions. I keep it organized and separate for every occasion.
Clean your dishes after you use them
My Mom used to get mad at me for this very reason, yet here I am doing what I used to hate ~ putting my dishes away right away. It makes things SO much easier. Instead of having to soak your dishes in hot water and soap and scrubadubdub for hours, you could easily rinse them off and put them in the dishwasher right away. Plus, it keeps your space sparkly clean.
Create a calendar you’ll stick to
Now, plan for all the things you need to get done and when you need to get them done. Since I work from home and run my blog on the side, I schedule everything out. For my blog, I schedule things out about 2-3 months in advance to ensure I get things done well ahead of time. I swear I have a heart attack every time I think I’m remotely late.
Schedule a planning day
Sunday’s are my rejuvenation and planning day. I love to wake up early, get in light movement, have my morning coffee, and get things done. When I’m in Texas, I like to plan out my meals and go grocery shopping. Once I’ve come back and put everything away, I’ll start cleaning my living area and organize for the week ahead.
Find a routine that works for you
As always, figure out what works for you. For instance, every Monday through Wednesday evening I prioritize my blog. Thursday I do a self-care night for the weekend ahead. On Friday, I let myself decide if I’d like to hang out with loved ones or get back to work. Saturday I treat like a Friday and conquer my blog and other marketing stuff. Sunday’s are for organizing the week ahead. Find a weekly routine that fits you and follow through with it!
Clean your area regularly
Like I mentioned above, every Sunday I like to clean. That means laundry’s in the wash, dishes are being cleaned, and I like to clean everything. I normally like to vacuum and deep clean my bathroom every two weeks mainly because I don’t need an intense clean that often. I also sift through my belongings and declutter about every 3 months.
Set goals and constantly check in on them
Now I’ve said it before, but I will say it again ~ write out goals consistently. Every to-do list I’ve got, I treat it like mini-goals that lead to my big goals. At the start of every month, I like to write out about 3-5 goals I want to focus on a whiteboard. I hang it above my desk to remind me throughout my workdays.
As the New Year starts to approach, it’s the perfect time to start engraining new habits into your routine ~ I know I am. Plus, I’m more than excited to go back home to have my routines back in full force.