As an event coordinator, a wedding planner, and a mother... It's been a challenge to really get into the groove of organization. But now that I have a solid routine, with an incredibly supportive husband, things have been a bit easier to manage!
Choosing to be organized is a task in itself, but I have a few tips for you mommas, coordinators, or business professionals that have helped me along the way!
1. On A Sunday, Take Time To Organize
This is so important to get ahead of the game for the week. From organizing your file cabinet every Sunday by relevance, to making labels for your pantry, craft room, etc... cleaning out the clutter will change your week, and make you feel like you're organized! (Even if you have a long way to go.)
2. Take Time To Write Out Your Goals
At first, I thought this was silly... the whole "journaling" thing. But then I slowly became aware as to how affective it truly is. When I journal, not only do I put my goals on paper, but I also express how I am feeling in that very moment, which translates into how my day is going to go! This organizes my thoughts, so I am not completely jumbled throughout the day. I refer to my journal throughout the day so I keep myself accountable!
3. Buy A Cute Planner
Ok, it doesn't have to be cute... but it helps! Having a planner in general with hour by hour slots will help you streamline your day with purpose. Instead of writing random things in your "Monday" box, put it in there by time. This will ensure that you get things done. Another tip, is to write in pencil! If you don't get the task at hand finished that day, instead of scratching it out and getting upset, just erase it and put it on the next day. Trust me... it helps a type A brain like mine!
4. Labels Labels Labels!
I know I mentioned this in the previous tip, but making sure that your planner is labeled and maybe even color coordinated (whether that is with highlighters or different color pens) will allow your brain to relax and not have to think so hard about which task is most important. This of course, is if you don't use pencil. But these days you can even get pencils that are colored that erase, so whatever you prefer. My point is, is that if you have the most important task of the day in red, your brain knows to accomplish this task ASAP. It helps you realize that there isn't time to slack on this particular task, which motivates you.
5. The Night Before
Organize everything the night before (as long as this is before 10 PM). From kid's lunches, to setting the coffee's timer for the morning after. From putting your clothes out for your morning work out, to meal prepping for the week for yourself... Do it the night before. You'll wake up refreshed, excited, and ready for the day ahead. The more you do this, the more of a habit it will become!
Organization isn't so scary, I promise! This has helped me streamline, not only my personal life, but also my professional life. Let me know if any of these tips work for you, or if you do some of these already!
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Ashley - North State Events