Why is “I’m too busy.” a badge of honor?!
It’s normal in our culture to bemoan the fact that we are busy, or just don’t have the time to [go to the gym, get organized, make dinner, get 8 hours of sleep, etc].
Yet, we all have the same amount of time in a day so why do some people manage to get A LOT of stuff done while others can barely get through a day?
Could it be how we are actaully spending our time?
This is a lesson I learned through my own organizing journey. At first, I thought mapping out and planning my days would make me into some kind of “mom-bot” who couldn’t let loose, but I found quite the opposite was true. I discovered that weird things started to happen in my life……
I woke up exactly one minute before my alarm went off.
I didn’t have to yell at anyone this morning.
My car keys were exactly where I put them the day before.
Not only did I arrive on time, but I had a few extra minutes to spare.
I had more money than normal in my bank account before payday.
My jeans felt a little looser right out of the dryer.
I found time to eat together as a family 3 times this week and found out some interesting facts about my kids.
I looked back at goals I had written down 1, 2, and 5 years before and had actually accomplished quite a few of them!
My husband and I ACTUALLY went on a date night!
I get tired and am ready for bed at 9pm.
I was able to stay asleep all night.
Ready to be weird?
Here are a few tips to help you manage your time and organize your life:
*Go to bed early and wake up early. Aim for 7 hours of sleep.
*Write down the plan for your day either as soon as you wake up or right before you go to bed. This helps get those thoughts out of your head and allows you to rest your brain.
*Create a home for every item in your home.
*Make sure you plan time for the important people in your life. Yes, you must write it down.
*Plan your meals and write out your shopping lists.
*Use a budget.
*Respect the time of others and arrive on time.
*Give yourself enough time to drive. Take into account traffic, time of day, and other stops you may need to make along the way.
*Put down your phone, turn off the tv, and be present.