Time Management: 5 Steps to Organizing Your Life

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Organizing your life doesn't have to be another stressful endeavor and it certainly doesn't have to take up much time. In fact, by taking steps to organize your life now, you can save yourself a lot of stress and time in the long run, making for a longer, happier life.

5 Steps to Getting Organized

  1. Get a New Calendar. Keep up with everything on your calendar. Use different colors for birthdays, anniversaries, school activities, and doctors appointments, or use a different color for everyone in your family. Use a system that works for you, so you know what all the marks on the calendar mean. Update your calendar as soon as you get a new obligation, and review it at least once a day to make sure you are not forgetting anything.
  2. Keep a Daily List of Things to Do. Keep a list of things you have to do each day, in your purse, wallet, somewhere that will always be with you. This way you can make adjustments and monitor your progress as you go throughout the day. Make a new list every evening as you look over your calendar to make sure you're getting everything in. With this to do list, keep the things you need for the day. For instance, if you are going to the dry cleaner, and you need to use the coupon you found, or you need to mail a birthday card, keep these items in a file of some sort with your list.
  3. Make it a Point to Organize at Least Two Things a Day. Been dying to clean out your closets? Want to downsize the kids' toy box? Great! You can do it! Even if it's something as small as the pile of mail on your table from last month, or as big as the master bedroom closet, work on getting two things organized every day. Once they are organized, move on to other things in your home until everything is organized. Make a conscious effort, with everyone else in the family involved, to keep it all organized. Find a place for everything. Label everything. Keep mail, bills, and other important papers where you can get to them when you need them.
  4. Donate or Give Away Things You Don't Need. Go through everything, and as you are organizing, get rid of stuff you don't need. If you downsize a lot of stuff, it will be much easier to organize what you have left. Throw away or recycle what you cannot donate or give away to others you know.
  5. Don't Let the TV Distract You. The time you spend watching television could easily be spend being more productive through organizing something in your home. Turn it off so it doesn't distract you. Then, when you get through your daily organization goals, you can treat yourself to your favorite show.

Don't let yourself get overwhelmed with the process. The important part is that it gets done. Take it one step at a time and you will eventually start to see progress. The organization will come along before too long, and you can keep it that way!

By Lucinda Watrous of My Baby Clothes Boutique—the place for beautiful baby clothes, flowered baby headbands, snuggly newborn baby hats and so much more.
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