I love my schedule & to-do list.
I know not many people can say the same, but I literally love my schedule & to-do list. If I don’t have one, I’m off all day.
I switch between a digital list and a paper list, but I will say that keeping everything written down helps me get it done even more.
That is why I’m in love with my Golden Coil planner. I found them on Instagram. You can purchase a personalized planner with everything you need and want. IT’S AMAZING!
I was able to customize my planner to exactly what I need.
Okay so let’s get down to the scheduling part.
Lists are my thing! I create lists for myself every day. Things that I want to get done and things that I need to get done. Most of what I need to get done really centers around work and things I want to get done are more personal or cleaning related. I do give myself grace when it comes to this list, but I do work to get as much done as possible. Especially before the weekend.
I keep myself on work mode Monday through Friday and let myself be lazy on the weekends. Doing this really helps me. I find that I relax more on the weekends because I know that everything got done during the week, cleaning included.
Now in order for me to get work done during the day, that does mean that I don’t get to play with my daughter all day. Which is a sacrifice, but a needed one. I’m a work from home mom, so that is what I need to do. Now I understand that not every mother will think the same as me and that is okay. You need to find what works for you!
Typically, I try to include some kind of cleaning each day. That could be the kitchen, the bathrooms, laundry, something. That way it doesn’t all land on one day, because I hate when that happens.
Aside from my typical work tasks, I try to include some personal stuff. That can be writing up blog posts, checking in with my Young Living customers, writing up newsletters to send, or reading. I’m trying to get through at least 1 book per month minimum, so I give myself a certain number of pages to read daily.
A typical day starts with me making breakfast for everyone. My husband and I will sometimes switch off on who makes breakfast but for the most part I take that job. Once breakfast is done, I do a quick clean in the kitchen. I put everything that is dirty in the dishwasher and get my coffee, water and vitamins together. Then I start my work time.
Since I work from home, my desk is very close to my daughters play area. We don’t have a huge apartment so I’m in the middle of the action. But I don’t mind it. I love that I can work and keep an eye on my daughter while she plays. She does go through moments where she just wants to be held or just near me in general. So, I do take breaks to be able to be with her. Even though I need to work, I never want her to feel neglected.
My work hours look different because I do work from home and I have a child. So sometimes I’m working like crazy during nap times or even after bedtime. But having a list of exactly what I want & need to get done, really helps me stay on track. If I don’t get to everything, I don’t beat myself up. I just move it to the next day.
I would definitely suggest getting yourself a planner. Something that you can use to write everything down that you need to. I found some planners on Amazon that I thought were really great to help you organize your day. I’ve also linked Golden Coil as well if you’re wanting something more personalized.
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I’ve also been utilizeing Trello. It’s a free app that you can use on your phone and desktop. Honestly, it was confusing at first, but now I love it. I use Trello for church work, blog work, and Young Living work. I break everything down by tasks within those 3 main areas. Then in my planner, I will write “MAG Tasks” or “Blog Tasks” so I know what I need to focus on that day and in what order I need to focus on them.
Here’s what the main page of my Trello account looks like.
Within each box, I break things down even more.
For example, in my Blog To Do I have things like:
+ Write up next weeks newsletter
+ Publish and schedule newsletter in FloDesk
+ Create freebie item for blog posts
What I always suggest to people who ask me for tips on how to organize yourself, brain dump. Write every single thing down that you need to get done or want to get done. Then number that by prority. Then, once you know how many tasks is reasonable for you to get done each day, you can divide that task list so you know what to do everyday.
I do this at the beginning of every week. It’s not as much for me anymore because I’ve gotten myself into a rhythm so I know what I need to get done and when. It takes time, but you can get there!
Have more questions on how to keep yourself organized? Leave them below!!
Hopefully this helps you get organized! Remember, take it day by day and give yourself grace.
Till next time!