3 STEPS TO AN ORGANIZED LIFE AND CLARITY!

Let’s learn to destress and declutter before we move into living a healthy life.

As a university student, I always called this process procrastination… but really it was the best way to crank out a good essay.  First, I would start my writing process by creating a very unorganized thought web, or brain dump, however you want to call it.  Then, I’d try my darndest to organize all this mess into neat little packages.

This is when my brain would scatter. “The dishes aren’t done, the laundry isn’t folded, the bed needs to be made, heck maybe I’ll wash the sheets today, meal prep could be done too, I have a busy few days coming up, the Tupperware…oh the Tupperware, that’ll need to be reorganized, and I have too much clothes, maybe I’ll sort it all and bring the rest to the donations boxes down the road, the dogs need to be walked, I should probably defur the place too – my allergies might soon start going haywire… ”.

Shortly after this new brain dump I would complete my page long, 12 font to-do list and then move on to my essay with only an hour or two left before the deadline.  Yah, I agree, it sounds stressful…however, this is when I find clarity and take my original brain dump and systematically turn it into a brilliant piece of work. (totally a pat on the back here)

This sounds an awful lot like a blog on how to write an essay…but I use this same process for everyday life activities – however, I’ve learned to cram a little less and organize a little more.  A major reason that North Americans don’t exercise or eat right is because they don’t have enough time.  The fact is, it’s you who decides how your time is spent. The reason you don’t have time to exercise is because of the out-of-control to-do list mentioned above.  What if we were organized enough that all of this is taken care of? What if we had a regiment that we followed that allowed for check marks on all of our to-do list items AND allowed for our workout and healthy food choices to be added to this aforementioned list?  Well, guys, this is 100% attainable. I’ll let you in on my process, it works well. However, we’re all human, even I veer from this process but I can tell you for certain that when I follow my own guidelines, I’m less stressed, happier, and more accomplished. Isn’t that what we all want?

Step One: Brain Dump

Start by making a list of everything that you need to do, and I mean everything.  This is going to be your brain dump. It’s up to you if you want to do it monthly or weekly, I tend to do mine weekly and then cycle that week unless there’s a reason to make a change. If there’s something that you need to do monthly you can choose a week to do that. For example; washing bed clothes might fall on Sunday but only every second week, paying bills might happen every payday but that might only be every second week, etc.

Note: include leisurely activities that you like to do, you can’t forget what makes you happy, the point in this is to make sure that you have enough time to live. I include personal development, usually reading or listening to podcasts, I include crocheting because that relaxing me, and I include Grey’s Anatomy, because…how couldn’t I.

Step Two: Sort your list

Next, we’ll take that list and mark what day of the week this needs to be done.  I mark the number 7 by the items that need to happen every day.  Don’t pile things up for the one day either – I mean, who wants to DREAD Sunday…it’s the last day before a regular work week so let’s not ruin it with housework. When it comes to cleaning, clean as it happens.  After you eat supper, do dishes, or before, depending on how you work. I like my supper hot… so I tend to clean dishes afterwards.  This would be a 7 day a week kind of deal.  Oh, and guys, make your damn bed in the morning…every morning!

Step Three: Create and Follow your to-do list

You can choose when to do this but I find it’s best the same time every day.  Personally, I like to write my to-do list right before I go to bed for the next day.  That way I can go to bed with a clear head.  Now, if you’ve successfully completed step 1 and 2, your to-do list shouldn’t be too wild.  I have 4 hours in the morning before work, so my morning might be a little fuller than yours, but that’s ok, this is your life, sort out what works best for you!! For us NOT morning people, I find it’s best to do a little prep for the morning the night before.  I get my Keurig ready (filling up that water tank at night is so much easier than at 6am), I lay my workout gear on my exercise mat so that I don’t have to bother looking for it when I get up, and I lay my to-do list somewhere that I can see it.

Here’s a little tip: Draw a little circle or box in front of each task.  The satisfaction that comes from checking off that box can be addictive and so rewarding!

I’ll give you a sneak peak of my week!! Note that I start on Sunday… this is what I consider the beginning of my week.  I do my meal prep and mental prep to get ready for another work week.

todolist

Sunday

SLEEP IN!! – then go over to-do list
Laundry (max 2 loads – otherwise I know it won’t be folded)
Brunch
Meal Prep (3 days)
Workout (30 mins)
Shakeology
Late supper
Walk dogs
Mop/Swiffer floors
Prep for morning/prep for bed
Make to-do list
Bed by 11pm

Monday

6:00 – wake up, get dressed, grab water (DON’T PRESS SNOOZE)
6:15 – work out
6:45 – shower/coffee
7:00 – SHAKEOLOGY
7:30 – Feed pets, take pets out, pack lunch and snacks, get ready for work, take out meat for supper
8:30 – Personal development – study/read/podcasts/audiobooks
9:30 – Get ready to leave
9:45 – Head to work
7:00 – Back from work – supper & clean from supper
8:00 – RELAX/deal with pets
10:30 – write to-do list, prep for morning, prep for bed
11:00 – Bed

Tuesday

6:00 – wake up, get dressed, grab water (DON’T PRESS SNOOZE)
6:15 – work out
6:45 – shower/coffee
7:00 – SHAKEOLOGY
7:30 – Feed pets, take pets out, pack lunch and snacks, get ready for work, take out meat for supper
8:30 – Personal development – study/read/podcasts/audiobooks
9:30 – Get ready to leave
9:45 – Head to work
7:00 – Back from work – supper & clean from supper
8:00 – clean bathroom (every second week)
8:30 – RELAX/deal with pets
10:30 – write to-do list, prep for morning, prep for bed
11:00 – Bed

Wednesday (every second Wednesday, take 10 minutes to pay bills)

6:00 – wake up, get dressed, grab water (DON’T PRESS SNOOZE)
6:15 – work out
6:45 – shower/coffee
7:00 – SHAKEOLOGY
7:30 – Feed pets, take pets out, pack lunch and snacks, get ready for work, take out meat for supper
8:30 – Personal development – study/read/podcasts/audiobooks
9:30 – Get ready to leave
9:45 – Head to work
7:00 – Back from work – supper & clean from supper
8:00 – meal prep for two days/clean up dishes/deal with pets
10:00 – relax
10:30 – write to-do list, prep for morning, prep for bed
11:00 – Bed

Thursday

6:00 – wake up, get dressed, grab water (DON’T PRESS SNOOZE)
6:15 – work out
6:45 – shower/coffee
7:00 – SHAKEOLOGY
7:30 – Feed pets, take pets out, pack lunch and snacks, get ready for work, take out meat for supper
8:30 – Personal development – study/read/podcasts/audiobooks
9:30 – Get ready to leave
9:45 – Head to work
7:00 – Back from work – supper & clean from supper
8:00 – wash bed clothes (every second week) and vacuum
9:30 – Grey’s Anatomy – here is where I’ll fold clothes or crochet…or both…still mostly relaxing
10:30 – write to-do list, prep for morning, prep for bed
11:00 – Bed

Friday

6:00 – wake up, get dressed, grab water (DON’T PRESS SNOOZE)
6:15 – work out
6:45 – shower/coffee
7:00 – SHAKEOLOGY
7:30 – Feed pets, take pets out, pack lunch and snacks, get ready for work, take out meat for supper
8:30 – Personal development – study/read/podcasts/audiobooks
9:30 – Get ready to leave
9:45 – Head to work
7:00 – Back from work – supper & clean from supper
8:00 – RELAX/deal with pets
10:30 – write to-do list, prep for morning, prep for bed
No bedtime 😃

Saturday

Wake up before 10am
Workout – either BeachBody on Demand OR something outside
SHAKEOLOGY
Get outside – brings dogs
Grocery shop
Dust
Eat healthy, but nothing to strict or planned (maybe date night)
RELAX!!
Don’t forget the to-do list for Sunday
This is my week and my life in a nut shell! I love everything I do! I might have to take 30 minutes to an hour to clean every so often, but it creates less stress and much more clarity for other things that I want in life. And yes, I am human… I have to remind myself to not press snooze EVERY night before I go to bed.  My bed is so comfortable!

This way, I can live more, I can love more and I can laugh more when everything is organized. Believe me, this is not always the easiest process, it should be, but we all fall behind from time to time. The trick is, when this happens, don’t get down on yourself, just start fresh – Step 1! I used to become paralyzed with the thought of the enormous list of things that I thought had to be done immediately…but now, it’s much easier to see that all of those tasks can be broken down into such simple little tasks and spread out over an entire week or month, however it needs to be done!

I hope this was helpful!
Until next time!
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