Now a days it is hard to organize your day, with the whole Covid-19 thing, working from home, running a business or homeschooling (if you have children). However, keeping a schedule and organizing your time can help with your mental and physical health.
There a couple of ways you can organize your time. One is time blocking, where you have a daily calendar and time block each activity you would like to achieve that day. The other way is to make a daily or weekly list of activities and rank them in order of importance.
We can go even further in how you organize your time, by organizing your week or your month ahead. I usually sit down on Monday mornings and look at my week ahead and time block all of my activities I want to achieve. Also at the start of every month I sit down and do my budget for the month so that there are no surprises that might pop up that I have forgotten about.
So here are some points to help you get organized using a calendar:
1. Get yourself a daily calendar (from staples or wherever they sell calendars)
2. Start filling out all the important dates that you don't want to miss (like birthdays or anniveraries).
3. Start looking at what you do daily and write down what time you do it at.
4. Now add all your appointments, assignments or work projects deadlines (so you don't miss anything)
5. Schedule a time that is good for you to review your daily and weekly activities.
6. When you are finished that activity check it off (YAY! you did it!).
Here are ways to get organized with daily or weekly list of activities:
1. Buy or find your favourite notebook
2. If you are doing a weekly activity list, write everything you want to get done that week.
3. Then prioritize them in the order of importance or urgency. Then rewrite the list out in the order, that way it makes it easier for you to follow and check off the activities you have accomplished.
4. If you are doing a daily list of activities, write everything you want to accomplish and then organize them into what day you want to accomplish that activity.
When do you all of these I recommend you use a pencil. Yup I said a pencil. Going old school! The reason, is because life sometimes gets in the way and you need to erase that activity or reschedule it for another time and it makes it easier to do that if you do it in pencil and your calendar will look more organized and clean.
Lastly the reason I am asking you to use a paper calendar instead of your phone or tablet is because visually it helps you to see the bigger picture and when your write it down it helps you with being consistent and organized.
I know that some of you don't like to write things down and would rather use your mobile device, but humour me and try it for at least a month to three months and see the results. If after three months it just doesn't fit your lifestyle then at least you can say you tried something new.
When you feel organized your day runs smoother and you feel a sense of accomplishment and you tend to be much happier.
Remember to schedule some down time and at least 30 minutes of physical activity to keep your body moving!
If you need more help in organizing your schedule and would like to chat about it, please reach out, I'd be happy to help!