How to…organize your life

DISCLAIMER!!!!

I am in no way going to claim that I am a professional at keeping my life or living space organized. I am simply a woman who is trying as many different tactics as possible and seeing what works. So I thought I’d share some and if they help you, great! And if you have any tips, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! A sista could use the help… Comment below with your tips and don’t forget to follow my page for updates any time there’s a new blog post.

1. Break Down Big Tasks

I know it sounds simple, but often times we don’t do it. As I’ve mentioned in the past I can be a big procrastinator. One of the main reasons for doing this is that a task will feel too big to deal with so I’ll put it off until I feel up for the task (which can be never). So I have now started to break down the task into smaller task so that over time, the big task gets done. Here’s one example. I have an office desk in my bedroom. But right now it’s just a big fancy paper holder as it is piled with EVERYTHING known to man. So here is how I’ll break down this task:

  1. Spend 30 min each day looking through the papers and deciding if it’s trash or not until it’s all been touched.
  2. Separate the pile of papers that were deemed not trash into categories such as Mary Kay, Keeler Productions, and Home.
  3. Find a file system that will fit on my desk and put the papers in the appropriate sections

BAM! And then I’ll have a clean desk. Now these three steps might take me weeks to finish as I do it in between my actual jobs and other duties I have, but it will actually get done because those three task seem soooo much easier than “clean off my desk”.

2. Separate To-Do List Into High, Medium, and Low Priority

Another way that I prevent the procrastination issue I have is by breaking up my task into different ranges of priority. Sometimes because the low priority items might be more fun to do i.e. “paint fingernails” than a high priority task i.e. “fill out tax paperwork” We can focus on things that aren’t immediately adding to our lives. This reminds me that I would like to share how I define my priority levels.

  • High: It will immediately affect my life if it does not get done.
    • i.e. I will be fined if I don’t fill out my tax paperwork
  • Medium: It will affect my life down the line if it does not get done
    • i.e. If I don’t organize my desk, eventually I could loose important paperwork.
  • Low: It will never or lightly affect my life if it does not get done.
    • i.e. Nothing will happen if I don’t paint my fingernails.

And another thing that helps me with the priority levels in my notebook is by color coding them. I highlight important task green, medium ones yellow, and low level ones red.

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An example of my color coding priority levels

3. Make Night Time Check List

One of my BIGGEST bad habits is being late. And through therapy, looking at different organization websites, and my Mary Kay business I have realized that the best way to combat that is to prepare for your mornings the night before. In Mary Kay we call it our 6 most important list. You right down the 6 most important things you have to do the next day at night. To take it a step further I am going to to make night time checklist of different things I need to have packed up and ready to go at the door for the next day depending on my schedule. For me, I need different things ready depending on whether my day will start off with going to the gym, going to work part time at my church, or a regular day of working my business. So I will have three different check list. Once I’ve written them out I am going to put them on poster board and post them on my wall near my desk. Here is an example of my lists:

Gym Check List:

  • Washcloth/Towel
  • Cleansing Roll Up Bag (Bag with all of my items to wash)
  • Shower Shoes
  • Undergarments
  • Outfit
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Makeup Bag
  • Sports Bra
  • Gym Outfit
  • Gym Shoes
  • Socks
  • Headphones
  • Charge phone
  • Protein Shake
  • Snack

There have been so many times where I have gotten almost all the way out of my neighborhood and forgotten one of these items and had to turn back around. All of that takes time out of your schedule and make you late. Having a list to look at instead of having to rely on my busy mind will be so relieving.

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