Do these 5 things every single week for an organized life!
If you are new to the blog, you might not quite understand why I look for ways to organize everything. For me, it’s important to live an organized life, in all aspects of it! Not just your office, or your home. I’m talking about living a truly organized life! Of course having a clean and tidy home and surrounding area is great. But what about organizing other areas of your life?
I’ve found that once I started doing these 5 things each and every week, my life got completely organized, really quickly. So I wanted to share them with you! Here are the 5 things on my weekly list that I do every single week to live a completely organized life!
Let’s Start with Your To Do List
Your to do list can be lengthy, or it might have only a few things. Either way, get them done the best you can! Sometimes I like to sit down and knock out as many tasks as I can in one hour. (give or take…) I like to call this my Power Hour!
Whatever needs to get done, just take the time once a week to do it. I tend to leave this until Saturday or Sunday most weeks. This allows me to get things done throughout the week, and leaves the weekend to spend time checking off those extra tasks.
Make sure you learn the best ways to actually get things checked off your to do list! There are some great tips plus 2 free planner printables to stay on top of your tasks each day! I also mention some different strategies that can help you accomplish your to do list!
My favorite are:
My Top 3: This is where I take the top 3 things for the day I want to get done, and focus on them first. If there are additional tasks beyond the top 3, I simply write them down and get to them when I can. This strategy makes you think about what is most important to accomplish for the day. When you focus on three things, instead of say a 14 item to do list, it makes it a lot more manageable.
The 2 Minute Rule: The other great productivity hack when you are working with your to do list, is the 2 minute rule. What this is, before you get started on your to do list, you scan it for any small tasks that can be done in 2 minutes or less. When you come across those things, don’t think about them and just do them!
Make sure to check the article for more tips just like these!
Next, Let’s Tackle Your Budget
If you aren’t already working with a budget each month, you should definitely start. I plan to do an entire series on budgeting in your busy lives, so stay tuned for that! Make sure you are subscribed, and feel free to contact me if you have anything you want covered!
Dave Ramsey has some great articles on why it’s important to reset your budget each and every month. I definitely recommend you reading up on them! Here’s my brief overview:
Although it might feel like you are babysitting your budget, you should be resetting your budget each month. Especially for beginners, this gives you information on your spending habits and what you should change to reach your financial goals. When you reset your budget, you will know the actual status of your budget at all times.
This can be a great way to curb your spending habits so your paycheck goes longer than before. Once you get the hang of how your monthly expenses tend to look, you don’t have to spend time each month looking over them. I like to sit down with my boyfriend once a month and do a complete overhaul of both our budgets. We like to create an ideal plan that we want to stick to, and each week I simply check in to make sure we are still on track!
Time to Grab Your Planner
For those of you who don’t quite grasp how important a planner is, you need to read why you should have a planner! It doesn’t even matter what kind of planner you have or whatever planning style you prefer. What’s important is you have a planner to keep yourself and your life as organized as possible!
At least once a month, I like to sync my planner up with my boyfriend’s. This ensures that we are both on the same page with all areas of our lives. Not gonna lie it also keeps me accountable. I know if I don’t finish a freelancing project by a certain date that he can’t finish the job. So being able to look back and check our planners each week is a necessity.
The beginning of each week it is vital for me to have my planner on me. I can distinguish what tasks I want to get done for each day of the week. From there I can even further dissect each project and make sure I am creating an accessible schedule to get my tasks done on time. Checking into your planner each and every week (if not every day) can help you organize your week in the perfect way that makes sense to you!
I also like to check my planner each and every week, because it’s the hub to all of my trackers! If you don’t know what I mean, I made a beginner friendly guide on some things you can track in any planner. With monthly, weekly, and daily overviews I can literally keep up with anything and everything I want to get done.
There are also additional trackers that cover things like my pain log, medicine tracker, and even when a new episode of Supernatural is coming on. My planner is everything, and it’s a vital part of living an organized life.
Want to find out how to get the most out of your planner? Anything you could want to know is there, you just have to read it!
What About Your Food?
I’m talking about meal planning and meal prepping! You might not believe me, but since we have started meal planning and preparing in advance, I have gained so much time to do the other things on my lists. If you want to get started with meal planning, I’ve got just the guide for you! It goes into all the top reasons you should be meal planning! Not gonna lie, it’s inspired a lot of my friends to try. Not one has looked back yet!
I get it, trust me. Having to sit down and plan a week’s worth of meals sounds kind of intimidating. I won’t lie to you, it took me a few weeks to get the hang of it, but once I did it was OVER. The process of both meal planning and meal prep saves me time and money. What else could you want!
Regardless of the day I’ve had, I no longer dread being in the kitchen. Especially when I’ve done quite the amount of prep work on Sunday. Sometimes my meals are as easy as heating them up, and enjoying them! Meal prepping also helps me buy the food we want to eat, and I typically don’t end up wasting money on things that aren’t already on my list. I’ve noticed quite the difference in the quality of our food as well as the amount of money we no longer waste eating out.
Ready to create the perfect meal plan? I break it down into 4 super simple and easy to follow steps. I also included a free weekly meal plan printable, just to make things even easier! Hope you enjoy it!
Finally, Organize Your Photos
Did I throw you a curveball with that one? Hear me out before you start completely rolling your eyes. Decluttering comes hand in hand with organization, and you probably haven’t even thought of organizing your phone. Odds are you are neglecting the reasons on why you should organize your phone! Let me explain…
How many times have you been on your phone, taking pictures for Instagram or something, when your phone notifies you that your “iPhone is almost out of storage.” Damn sometimes my phone tells me that when I’m not even on it! For most instances, it occurred when I was trying to take additional pictures on my phone.
Since I have started taking the time each week to organize my phone, I haven’t had that issue ONCE. I bet you are dreading the thought of having to move your pictures to your computer once a week, but hear me out. Yeah moving all of your pictures at once takes forever, and is a chore that is almost not worth doing. But once you start doing it once a week, it becomes a quick and easy task!
Sometimes I try to get in the habit of doing it at the end of the day. Those days are typically when I’ve done a lot of product shooting or some kind of adventure. Although it doesn’t happen as much as I want it to, uploading the pictures on my phone and deleting them once a week helps so much. Not sure if it’s legit, but I feel like my phone just runs better when it’s not filled up with 2,000 pictures of my cat. Weird.
No one is saying you have to stop at decluttering your pictures! There are tons of ways you can declutter your phone! Make sure you read up all about it, and get to organizing the one thing you always have with you; your phone.
If you are ready to start living an organized life, make sure you are doing these five things each week!
While it might not sound like a lot, doing these things once a week can help you feel more organized and productive. Maybe all 5 things seem overwhelming.
If that’s the case, simply focus on one at a time! Pick one thing on this list, and start adding it to your weekly routine. Once you see how organizing your life can help you be more productive, you will want to keep doing more!