Do you ever wake up in the morning, and start running through your mile long to-do list in your head, before your feet have even hit the floor?
Appointments, laundry, grocery shopping…it seems never ending!
It starts your day with a feeling of overwhelm and dread in the pit of your stomach, and definitely doesn’t give you the “get up and go” energy boost you need to be able to get it all done!
It seems that there’s always too much to do, and never enough time to do it in. An ongoing battle between our goals, and reality.
We all try and cram 30 hours of “stuff” into our 24 hour day, and get confused and frustrated when it just doesn’t fit. Funny how we still haven’t figured out it’s not possible!
So how do we do it?
How do you organize your home, plan your day, and organize your life, in a way that makes you happy and relaxed, without letting everything fall apart around you?
Planning, routine, and more planning!
I know, I know…you don’t have time for that! However, knowing how to organize your day effectively, and strategically, will completely change the way you approach your to-do list.
Far too many people skip this essential planning in the morning, thinking that they don’t have the time to spare, but really and truly the 10 minutes it will take can literally make or break your day!
How To Organize Your Day In 10 Minutes Or Less
1) Stretch. Don’t think this has anything to do with organizing your day? Wrong! Taking just 1 minute to stretch your body right when you wake up helps improve circulation, releases endorphins, and allows you to approach your day with a clear head and positive attitude!
Whenever we get away for a weekend, or a little vacation, it feels incredible to have so much freedom in the day. It actually feels like we’ve discovered these “missing hours”, that no one seems to know about except for us! But every time you come back, it’s all right there waiting for you. The cooking, cleaning, work schedule, and 24 hours in a day! The change isn’t in the day, it’s in the way you approach it. So try to get in that “vacay” state of mind before you dive into your to-do list each morning!
2) Filter Out The “Stuff”. We all have that “stuff” that is serving no other purpose in our personal organizer aside from using up the paper. Get rid of it! Take a look at your list each morning and pretend you are at the end of the day, and feeling a great sense of accomplishment. What have you achieved? Highlight those things on your list that are truly important, that will move you forward, and make them the priority. Oftentimes the things we would usually start with because they feel urgent, actually aren’t, and can easily wait until the important items are off the list!
3) Write Your List The Night Before. Ok, this might be cheating our “10 minutes or less” just a little, but it’s for a good cause! Not only will writing your list the night before remove some work from the morning, but emptying your mind of all the “unfinished” work before bed will actually help you fall asleep faster, and sleep better!
4) Eat Your Frog! Everyone has that thing on their list that they keep putting off until the next day, and the next, hoping that it will just disappear after awhile…do that first! Mark Twain once said: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Basically, take care of that dreaded item on your list first, and you can go through the rest of your day knowing that the worst is behind you!
5) Stay On Track. Once you’ve narrowed down and prioritized your list with the previous steps, assign windows of time to each item. Give yourself a bit of wiggle room on each to account for unexpected hiccups, and then stick to it! Treat these timelines like appointments you just can’t miss, complete the task at hand, and move on.
6) Schedule Downtime. I realize this can seem counterproductive, but hear me out! Many times people lose track of time, and push back their list, for personal reasons. Whether they take a long lunch, visit with family, or just get sucked into Facebook for an hour (or two!). If you schedule in some “you time”, you will be less likely to let it eat into your “to-do time”.
Anything new will take some getting used to, so incorporate this list into your morning routine, and give it some time to become habit. Trust me when I say that following these steps on how to organize your day will completely change how you approach your list, and how you feel at the end of it as well!