This is a hard one.
You may remember from My Top 2 Organizing Tips post, I said that organization is a mental thing, and it’s so true when you are preparing for your day.
Crucial morning hours
If you want to get things done every day, in a timely manner, first I suggest that you maximize your mornings.
- Start the night before – Review your planner, notes, task list, and calendars. Make sure that everything you need to do the next day is recorded in some way. Get a head start on your morning routine.
Now here is where the mental part of organization really kicks in.
- Wake up early – Wake up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than normal. This is at your discretion and based on how much time you need to get ready. If you need to leave by 7 a.m, wake up by 5:30 a.m at the latest. Your morning routine should include some variation of the following, in an order that suits you. Wake up, get a cup of warm lemon water, then coffee or tea, take your shower/wash up, then go over any of the materials you have from the first bullet point. This enables you to use 45 mins to complete these items.
For a lot of us, waking up “super” early is not our favorite thing. It’s not even an easy thing. Setting up the alarm, not a guarantee. Not even making yourself get up will truly motivate you. You have to personalize it. The time allocation chart may help it to be easier by visualizing your time commitments.
Put on some music. Listen to a podcast on a relevant or favorite topic. Have daily affirmations. These things can be done in conjunction with the items in bullet 2. Exercise; stretching or yoga can be a quick early morning routine if you don’t have time to make it to a class. Read a little. For those, you’d have to account for the extra time it would take.
Any little thing that you can think of to help you make waking up early, positive really is beneficial; especially if you are not a morning person.
- Eat breakfast Make sure its well-balanced (protein/ grain /fiber /vegetable or fruit/healthy fats).
- And finish getting ready and leave for your day.
The right tools
My next suggestion is to have a planner that fits your needs. In a later post, I will discuss planners in more detail, but for now, my suggestion is to have something that is easy for you to carry everywhere. Alternatively, you can have a small pocket-sized notepad.
This is beneficial because it allows you to be able to track your task by the time it needs to be completed or make list.
When doing making list, it will be helpful to break your task down into groups of 3 as to not overwhelm yourself. Break them down into morning, afternoon, and evening task. Have however many sets you need to finish your task in a way that won’t be overwhelming. Name your task list. Ex. Morning task group 1.
A very important factor to this part is that every detail can matter. For me a pretty planner that has designs is distracting. I like thin and large planners, that is plain. I also need good sticky notes ( lined or grid one are the best for me) and a good pen that does not bleed and a pencil. But for others, planners that are boring and will distract them.
And finally time allocation charts. These are crucial to learning to maximize your time and to see how much time you really have in a day.
Keep on the lookout for more post on organization tips.