GET ORGANISED {PLANNING}

 

 

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We all start out our new year with the intention of being healthier, drink less alcohol, drink more water, spend less, save more and get more organised! Transitioning to working from home has meant having to get SUPER organised – it is a real focus for me this year. I find you are so much more productive and don’t feel so overwhelmed if you have a plan – especially when you’re trying to keep so many balls in the air.

Now that the kids are back at school and holidays are officially over, it’s a great time to really get on top of everything and start the year out how you plan to finish it. A little forward planning each day, saves a bucketload of time in the long run, do it for 30 days and you’ll form a habit.

I set aside Sunday afternoon’s to plan for the week ahead. I use my outlook calendar but also have a couple of old fashioned planners as well.

Planning my days

– I use my outlook calendar to schedule chunks of time allocated to certain tasks, I work best in the mornings so I try to utilise that time everyday to get ahead.

– I schedule time to check, update and respond to Social Media (I am working hard to try and limit this time as it can be a real time-waster). Time is then scheduled to work on the various work I have going on, whether it be for my invitation business Bella Paperie, The Social Factory marketing work and maintaining our blog.

– Time is scheduled to complete housework each morning and night and prep dinner for the evening. I tackle a big job each day which helps me stay focussed and keep track of where I am at. Here is a great cleaning checklist that helps stick to this regime.

– I then use my diary to write out specific tasks and goals for each day that are to be covered off during these chunks of time. As I have my two gorgeous kiddies home with me each day I try to limit work time to  when they’re loving Nan’s are around or early mornings, sleep time and nights.

– Here is a gorgeous free printable weekly planner – so cute!

Menu planning

Menu planning is something I have been toying with off and on over the last year or so, I do it one week and not the next. Inspired by our interview with Penny Webb a couple of weeks ago, I’m really focussing on menu planning. I also have been noticing just how much waste there is in our house – it’s BAD! The menu planning really seems to help.

– I have a look in my freezer and cupboard and take stock of what I need.

– I try and utilise what I have in the freezer already to avoid having 6 month old frost bitten chicken! I plan and grocery shop for a fortnight. I tend to shop online through Coles but I sometimes get brave and shop with Aldi (really is soooooo much cheaper).

– Here are some super cute menu planner printables to get you started.

How do you keep yourself organised? Do you have any tips to share?



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