I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am not the archetypal organised mum who follows a daily routine, is always on time and makes weekly meal plans. I may look like I have my shit together on the outside, but I always feel like I can’t keep all of the plates spinning and that I’m failing in some area of my life.
However, I am a huge believer in organisational tactics. I would literally forget every single task if I didn’t habitually write my to-do list each day. Without glancing at my diary, I wouldn’t remember a single birthday…I love setting goals to aim for and I’m always looking for ways we can be more productive and claw back more time.
At the start of each year I love to reflect on the year gone by and try to improve my life in some way. And for me, improvement almost always comes with the effort to be more organised. Being more organised means having more time to do more of the things that we love.
Introduce Meal Plans
I know I mocked this in the first paragragh, but this is definitely one of the things I want to kick-off this year. I always have a lose plan (who doesn’t) before I go shopping, but I’m talking about a chart and everything. Taylor ate way too many cheese sandwiches for lunch last year and the hubs and I had far too many takeaways out of convenience, rather than as an indulgent treat. Meal plans will also encourage us to eat healthy.
Online food shops
I know, I know I’ve banged on about my love of Aldi for an eternity and they don’t do home deliveries. But I’ve decided that I frequent the place far too often and it’s not healthy to know the contents of each aisle better than the shop-floor staff. Also, shopping with a toddler is no fun at all and I could be doing something much more enjoyable, such as making regular trips to those soft play hell holes.
Buy a hard drive
Not an obvious organisational tool, but if you’re anything like me you’ll understand the daily frustration of seeing the message ‘your storage is full, delete some files’ pop up on your phone. Plus I live in fear of losing all of my family photos and blog content which are currently only stored on my laptop. Yes I have Dropbox and Google Drive but again my ‘storage space is full’…A bit silly really but I never actually thought about buying a hard drive until my sister mentioned hers.
Get a wall calendar
For some reason I went through the whole of 2016 without a wall calendar and only had my pocket diary (yes I’m old school) to refer to which admittedly sometimes happened on a weekly rather than a daily basis which did lead to the odd outburst of “Sh….t – How did I miss that??” This year it’s back to my old trusty Truprint calendar to keep on top of my dates.
Make better use of our evenings
I’ve always been an advocate of using our evenings for activities other than just sitting in front of the TV. However in the winter this can be particularly difficult and I admit that the sofa has had far too much of our company of late. We all need some relaxation time and I’m a big believer in giving yourself a break if you don’t feel like doing anything (I’ve just taken almost three weeks off from all things blogging which I have to admit, felt great)…however I want to dedicate set evenings each week to my blog and freelance writing this year to make sure that I achieve those goals.
How do you stay organised? What are your plans for 2017?