Now that you spent time organizing your home office, let’s focus on improving your personal life. Once you have accomplished this you are going to feel like a organizational pro!
1. Start a Gratitude Journal
If you haven’t kept a journal before, start one today, then make it a habit to list 3 things you’re grateful for each morning. Not only will this practice make you happier, it can help you keep small irritants like slow traffic in perspective. You can use anything you like for a journal, a pretty notebook, plain paper or you can keep one online using One Note.
2. Know Your Top 3 Tasks
Start each morning by listing the top three tasks that must be done no matter what. Then list the 3 tasks you’d like to finish next if time permits. It can help to use different color fonts for the top three tasks to help keep them front and center in your mind.
3. Plan Your Day Based on Energy
It can help to try and plan your day according to your energy levels instead of time. Usually you plan your day by time slots. But if you budget your energy instead of your time it’s easier to get things done. That’s because you’re leaning into your own natural rhythm. Give it a try and see how productive you are.
4. Listen to Meditation Tapes
Every night before you go to bed, listen to a meditation. This can help you relax and let go of the stress of the day. You’ll find it easier to put aside your worries and get to sleep. You may find it helpful to record yourself talking about your qualities and achievements.
5. Drinking a Glass of Water First Thing
Try drinking eight ounces of water first thing every morning. You probably know that when you first wake in the mornings, you’re dehydrated and have that cotton mouth feeling. Drinking water each morning is going to boost your energy and replenish your body.
6. Get Completely Ready
When you work from home it is so easy to let your morning routines lapse. How often have you found yourself still wandering around in your PJ’s at lunch time? Make a point to get dressed, brush your teeth and preparing for your day as if you had to travel to work. You will feel more energized and motivated.
Keeping a journal can help all kinds of feelings. If you are feeling blue, take the time to journal, if you feel super happy – journal about it. Sometimes, writing about your feelings can help you sort through them and come up with an action plan. It also helps you keep track of those up and down days and see if there is a recurring pattern or cause.
8. Skip the Smart Device
How often do you find yourself reaching out and checking your phone or tablet first thing in the morning, even before getting out of bed? It isn’t very productive. It can cause you to run late getting to work and it can distract you from your goals for the day.
9. Do What You Love
Try to spend a few minutes each morning doing something you love. This will energize you and help you feel more motivated to be your best self.
10. Tidy Your Home
Whether you work at home or out of the home, nobody wants to walk into a messy home after a long day, isn’t fun or relaxing. Even small activities like stacking your dishes in the dishwasher or starting a load of laundry can keep things looking tidy. Who needs an eyesore at the end of the day that makes you want to start cleaning instead of enjoying time with your family?
11. Create a Cleaning Playlist
Have you tried dancing or moving to music while you clean? Create a playlist and fill it with upbeat songs that make you feeling dancing. This can make your housework feel fun and help the time spent cleaning pass quickly.
12. Make Your Bed Everyday
When your bed is made, your room looks cleaner. Plus, you’ll enjoy the feeling of crawling under the sheets when you go to bed at night, without having to make it first!
13. Create a Morning Checklist
Having a ready to go checklist each morning will make you feel less overwhelmed, especially if it isn’t your best time of day. But the day can seem just a bit more manageable when you have a checklist that shows you exactly what to do next. Prepare your checklist each evening so it’s ready to tackle the next day.
14. Organize a Hygiene Bin
Grab a cheap bin to store your personal care items such as your hairbrush, face cream, floss, and toothpaste. In the mornings, just grab your bin and get ready. Plus, you can store this in the cupboard under your sink, so it doesn’t clutter up your bathroom counter.
15. Review Your Long-Term Goals
Every morning before you do anything else, take time to review your long-term goals. Then glance at your to do list. Are the tasks on it getting you closer to achieving those goals? If not, adjust them accordingly.
16. Write a Monthly Cleaning Schedule
It’s easier to keep your home clean when you have a schedule. This makes it easy to get tasks like washing your sheets or mopping the kitchen done regularly. Don’t forget to assign cleaning tasks to other family members.
17. Sort Your Wardrobe
Donate items that don’t fit you anymore. You should also get rid of any clothes that don’t make you feel about yourself. You want to stock your closet with pieces that make you feel fabulous inside and out.
18. Store Clothes that Aren’t in Season
Finding your cute sundress or favorite swimsuit is much easier when you don’t have four coats in the way. You can vacuum seal your out-of-season clothes so they’re easy to store and take up less space.
19. Designate a Special Area for Paperwork
Set up a small desk in a corner of the kitchen or living room. Reserve this area for paperwork you need to fill out like your shopping list, sorting out your bills, or for that insurance form you need to mail.
20. Stock Your First Aid Kit
21. Have a Cleaning Caddy
Get yourself a cleaning caddy to store all your cleaning supplies in it. Then when it’s time to clean a room in your house, you can simply grab your caddy and off you go.
22. Make a Family Charging Station
Pick one area of your house for your charging station. Store all the cords to the various electronics in this area. You’ll never have to hunt for a charger again.
23. Get Rid of Old Cookbooks & Magazines
Cookbooks often clutter kitchens and can take away your counter workspace. If you don’t want to throw them out, consider donating them to a charitable organization. The same applies to magazine, don’t let them pile up in your family room, donate them if you don’t want to recycle them.
24. Design a Maintenance Calendar
A household maintenance calendar can keep you organized. Set reminders for a week in advance to know when it’s time to change the air conditioning filter or power-wash the siding. Use a Google Calendar or use the calendar on your phone and set up weekly alerts.
25. Trash Your Old Makeup
It’s not hygienic to keep your old makeup as it can harbor bacteria, which can give you a serious skin infection. Not only will your skin be safer, you’ll be able to find the products you use faster.
26. Hang Coffee Hooks for Keys
If you’re always losing your keys, install coffee hooks in your entrance way. Store your keys on the hook so they’re always in easy reach.
27. Manage those Lids
If you have a cabinet filled with lids, you’re not alone. It’s easy to end up with extra lids that have no use. Go through your containers and match up lids. Then throw out those that have no partner, or give them to your kids to use as cheap paint palettes.
28. Add a Basket to the Coffee Table
Tired of losing your remotes in the couch? Just store them in a pretty looking basket on your coffee table. You’ll never have to hunt for them again!
29. Make Use of the Space under Your Bed
When it comes to items that go under your bed, store them in clear plastic containers. Make sure these containers are labeled and you’ll eliminate wasted time spent searching. A perfect place to store seasonal items.
30. Add Extra Space in the Living Room
Need more room in your living or family room? Purchase a few ottomans with built-in storage. Put board games, books, and other entertainment inside them. When you’re done, the fun and games can be neatly hidden away out of sight.
It only takes a few minutes each day to add these tips into your life. You will feel happier and happier in no time!