Friday, January 4, 2019

31 Days to Organization - Day 4: Change Your Routine

Happy New Year! January is a time to start begin again with a fresh, clean it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.

Day 4 - Change your routine

Simply thinking about getting organized is not going to make it happen. You can’t expect your surroundings to change if you’re still doing the same things. What is your normal morning routine? What about during the day? Evening? Bedtime? Take a moment to analyze your schedule. Think about what works and what doesn't.

Do you suffer from "too much to do and too little time"? Do you constantly misplace things? Is there always some snag in the morning that makes you stressed or puts you behind schedule? What part of your routine could change to make your day run more smoothly?

One of the best ways to make your days easier is to plan in advance. Plan your morning the night before. Decide ahead of time what you will wear. Does your coffee maker have a delayed start setting? Take advantage of it and set it up the night before. Have everything you need to take with you packed up and ready to go before you go to bed. Your briefcase, purse, phone, coat, and umbrella can all be ready and waiting by the door for your morning exit.

Keep your keys attached to your bag or on a key rack. I keep my sunglasses and keys in a pottery saucer by the front door. Whichever place you choose, make sure you always return them when you are done. It will become a habit.

A wall coat rack by the front or back door will keep track of all your family's necessities! Coats, umbrellas, bags and more can be hung from this rack.

The same can be done for children. Have their book bags packed and ready the night before. Make their lunches and keep it in the refrigerator or pack their lunch money. If the school offers a pre-paid lunch program, take advantage of it and pay for school lunches a week or a month in advance.

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