In this 31 days series I’m looking at ways that I can make way for family life; choices that can simplify my lifestyle, making way for to me to live life with my kids! All posts can be found here.
Be organised for a Reason
There is a lot written about being organised. Being organised doesn’t come natural to me – it is something that I have studied and disciplined myself to put into practice. Some ideas have become habits but I am still working on many of the aspects of being organised that I aspire to.
Before you head down the track of wanting to be organised you need to know why. Why do you want to be organised? What is organised?
I like these two definitions from dictionary.com:
- having a structure, especially to co-ordinate or carry out widespread activities
- to put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole
These definitions help me answer the first question of Why. I want to be organised in order to achieve all that I want to achieve; to carry out a widespread of activities and to function with the many balls I juggle.
My Diary: The purpose of my diary is to keep commitments. These commitments may be appointments I’ve made with other people or they may be commitments of time I’ve made to my family.
To-Do List: This is one area I am constantly working on as it seems to grow beyond my ability or time to achieve everything on it! At the moment I’m working on prioritising my to-do list and working not just on the urgent things that scream at me (because I’ve left them to the last minute) but more importantly highlighting the important things that have a lasting effect on our family life.
Routines: Routines are simply habits of action. When something is a habit we have to think about it less and yet it will still get done. I don’t think about cleaning my teeth anymore because my mother created a routine of cleaning teeth after a meal – it is now a habit. Our day is divided into several routines –
- Early morning routine where we get ready for the day,
- Focus routine where we focus on the task for the day – generally studies or a family project
- Afternoon routines are a lot more flexible and individual.
- Evening routine where we get ready for family time
- Bedtime routines
Household Control Journal: This is generally seen as a 3 ring binder where a home-manager keeps all her systems, lists and important papers.
- Chore rosters
- Menu plans and shopping lists
- Gift ideas
- Hospitality prompts, ideas, records
- Blog planner
- Homeschool lesson planner
- Parenting goals/focus
- Project plans
- Holiday plans
- Wardrobe details
- Family night goals, ideas, plans
But here is the crux – I can have the best set out systems, the fanciest control journal, the most up to date apps – but if I don’t use them throughout the day they do me no good. Which means, my system has to be simple enough to set up, to update, and to refer to. If I spend all my time organising myself then I have defeated the very purpose. I want to be organised so I can achieve my goals, not just for the sake of being organised.