In the last blog post, you learned tips for getting organized and staying focused at the office. In this post, let’s focus on organizing your home life.
You wouldn’t expect that you’d have more paperwork to deal with at home than at the office, but the bills, documents and junk mail all seem to pile up. Between the potential risk of “death by paper cuts,” the after work/school activities and simple household obligations, managing your home life can be exhausting. But, keeping you and your family organized will allow a little more time for much-needed rest and relaxation.
Maintain a Home Workspace
Thought you only had to be at a desk for 8 hours a day, didn’t you? Well, you may not need an actual desk, but designing a workspace to store mail, important documents, receipts, etc., will keep the paper pileup from taking over your house. Just like your work desk, your home workspace doesn’t have to look neat (unless you have a spouse or roommate that’s particular about those kinds of things), it just has to work. You don’t want to spend time searching for a bill or medical document when you’re in a time crunch.
Make a Household Notebook:
If you don’t live alone, a good chunk of time is probably spent planning around the others in your household. Whether you have a family or needy roommates, it can be tough to keep track of everyone and everything. Instead of scrambling when communication mix-ups occur, keep a household planner.
Make sure this planner has a calendar, a place to write notes and phone numbers and a spot to store lists and reminders. Pass it around and let everyone fill in their personal schedules for the week or month so the entire house is on the same page. It will also serve as a one-stop-shop for chore lists, meal plans, frequently used and emergency information, to-do lists and documents that need immediate attention.
If you can’t find a suitable planner that will meet your home organization needs, Organized Home provided tips on making your own.
Schedule Your Weekly and Monthly Tasks:
Errands. If just thinking about them makes you cringe, you’re probably going about them the wrong way. If you dread the obligatory weekly and monthly tasks such as grocery shopping, laundry and weekly cleaning, stop procrastinating and start scheduling. Make a list of the errands you have to run and lump related tasks together so you don’t have to take multiple trips. If you have a Smartphone, use apps like Evernote and Remember the Milk to keep track of your to-do list.
For you, the dread of errand-runs might be inevitable, but don’t procrastinate because you hate the tedium of the activity. Do the most unpleasant jobs first and get them out of the way. Comparatively, the remainder of your tasks will feel like a breeze.
Take a Break
Instead of the mini-breaks during the workday, schedule a day to relax outside of work. Yes — stop being productive. The premise is the same as it is at the office — if you’re not absolutely exhausted, you’ll get more done when you are hard at work tackling errands and “honey-do’s.”