So your life feels like chaos – your to do list is buried somewhere in your purse, your sweet angel took your keys and now you can’t find them, the dishes have developed a funky smell, and the laundry. THE. LAUNDRY. It’s become Mount Laundry at this point.
Sound like a normal day at your house? Don’t worry girl, we all get this way.
We have days when we just can’t balance another thing on our metaphorical plate, and then someone throws up on the one thing that is clean…their clothes they are wearing.
You are not alone!
But you do feel the overwhelming need to get your life and to-do list back in order. But where do you start??
I want to walk you through the easiest way how to ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE. And still actually enjoy it!
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Make a List – Brain Dump
Yes, make a list. The mother of all lists. Write it ALL down. Everything that is weighing on your mind. Whether it’s upcoming doctor appointments, Christmas present ideas you thought of, doing the dishes, a movie you wanted to see at the theater. EVERYTHING. It might be one of those things you leave on the kitchen counter and add things to it while you are cooking dinner. Or in a bubble bath after the kids go to bed.
Wherever you do it, just do it. It’s okay if it takes a while. You goal is to relieve your mind of the million and one things floating around.
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The Eisenhower Decision Matrix
This matrix really help you to see what is ACTUALLY urgent vs. what is not.
Here’s an illustration I created for you 🙂
Okay, so take your list and start to look at it. Can you see a trend? Can you see which items are urgent, important, not urgent, not important?
Let’s go into a little detail of each matrix.
Q1 are things that are both urgent and important. Examples would be the smelly dishes in the sink, the meeting with your son’s teacher tomorrow, getting groceries for dinner tonight.
Some of these things that COULD be in Q2 get into Q1 because we didn’t prepare properly. Time slipped away and instead of having a plan for dinner before 4:30p, dinner moves into Q1 and becomes a stressor.
Q2 are things that are important but not necessarily urgent. These are things like exercise, going on a date with your husband, keeping the house clean so the dishes don’t get smelly, making to-do lists for the week, meal planning, taking your kids to the park etc.
If you can spend most of your time during the day in THIS box…you are going to feel so much happier in your life!
*Here’s a quick tip – The more you can keep Q2 organized, the less stress you are going to feel throughout the week.*
Q3 are things that tend to revolve around others. So they are urgent because someone ELSE wants you to do it, but they may not be important to you personally. These may be things like a friend calls you from the store to ask advice on some clothes she found while you are cooking dinner. Your kids can’t find the remote and are having a meltdown. You get the gist. These are things that bring both stress and usually inconvenient.
Q4 is the quadrant that is a huge time sucker. Let’s just name it for what it is – Netflix and Social Media lol. And btw I LOVE Netflix and social media. You should absolutely spend some time everyday in Q4 having down time. BUT more often than not, they often get in the way of doing what is actually important in life. And if you feel totally disorganized and too busy, this time spent here needs to go down until you are organized again.
I use an app called “Moment” on my iphone and it’s great! It helps me to see what I’m doing throughout the day and how much time I’m spending on it.
Set Up Your System
Alright, now that you have an idea for how to sort your brain dump list. It’s time to do it! You can either highlight, make a few different sheets, write it in a journal…whatever makes sense to you.
Here’s how I like to organize my to-do list.
For all the Important and Urgent, I go ahead and group them by how they will be done – phone calls, emails, household chores, errands, etc. Then I decide when I can set aside time in the next day or two and get it done. Without kids is always better so I try to make it around my husband’s schedule or naptime.
Next I look at what has ended up on my urgent list that could have been avoided. So maybe I need to make a weekly cleaning routine to stay on top of the house rather than getting behind. Or perhaps come up with a weekly meal planning system so I can actually have my groceries ahead of time and know what we will eat throughout the week and skip the fast food line at 5:30p.
Then comes the important but not urgent. Usually on here I have some gift ideas I need to start working on, get myself organized for the month, reconcile the budget, exercise, upcoming appointments and birthday parties I need to shop for, etc.
For this, I get out my paper planner and my phone. I go ahead and put all the immovable dates into my phone – appointments, birthday parties, holidays with family, things at the church. Then I look at what I WANT or NEED to do – gym, meal plan, grocery shop, take my kids to the zoo, go on a date, craft, clean, wash laundry…and I put these on my paper calendar for the month. I just go ahead and make little “dates” for what time I want to go to the gym, take the kids to the zoo, go on a date with my husband (need ideas?? 25 date ideas to put the spark back in your marriage!) and maybe a girls night. I put these on my paper calendar to see how full my days are getting. Then, when things are set in stone (girls night! Childcare set up for date night, etc) I transfer things to my iphone and “share” them with my husband since our phones are linked.
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THIS SYSTEM has totally transformed how I stay organized. There have been plenty of times when I feel like my life gets so busy and I get crazy disorganized. I can almost always see that I’m living in Q1 when with a little planning I could be flourishing in Q2.
When you stay in Q1, Q3,or Q4 for a long time you start to really feel like you aren’t in control of your life anymore. You can’t remember when the last time you went on a date, took your kids to the park, went to the gym, or had clean bras! lol
Here on Little Cottage Life I strive to give LOTS of great ideas for how to organize your life and home (and stay organized) so that you CAN live a life you love with your husband and kids. So browse around! Get some ideas for how you can stay on top of the chaos so you can actually enjoy your life again.
You are loved sweet one!!
Oh, and after you’ve made your list and gotten organized…you will Definitely want to take a bath with one of these awesome bath bombs! Seriously…enjoy some Q4 time this week 🙂
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