Life can be hectic at times; work, running a home, socialising and in some cases raising kids (or animals) means that it can often be a struggle just to fit in your daily tasks. Things start getting really stressful when you’re disorganised and start running late, can’t find things or your schedule gets messed up- so for this reason it’s so important to ensure you have method to your madness. Here are some of the ways you can avoid running around like a headless chicken, and generally make life run that bit smoother.
Keep a To- Do List
Keeping a to- do list is one of the very best ways you can stay organised and I couldn't survive without them. Unless you were blessed with super human memory, chances are you’ll always forget things otherwise. A to-do list keeps you productive, and means you can look at it in the morning and have the best idea about how to spend your time during the day. Include things like appointments, bills that need to be paid, items that need to be bought, chores that need to be done and more. Be sure to tick them off once you’re done, and add anything new as it comes up. Very few people are naturally organised, for most of us it does take work. But by writing things like to- do lists, you can stay proactive, and it really makes a big difference to how smoothly things will run in your life. Either write lists in a notepad, or use an app on your phone. If you use an app that can be synced to your other devices, you’ll always have the most up to date version- whether you’re on your phone, tablet or computer.
Get Organised The Night Before
Are mornings in your home always chaotic? Running around trying to find clothes, ironing things, searching for paperwork and packing your bag when the clock is ticking is incredibly stressful and is never the best start to the day. Something that everyone should aim to do is get organised the night before. Make sure your clothes are washed and ironed and laid out ready to be put on- don’t forget to sort out things like socks, underwear and any accessories too so you’re not having to search at the last minute. Get your toiletries and makeup bag organised so everything you need to get yourself groomed and ready is at arms reach. If you like to have a relaxed bath in the evening then do this, otherwise make sure you have clean towels and everything you need for your morning shower sorted ahead of time. That way you get get up, get ready and dressed without having to stress about a thing. It gives you time to wake up properly and enjoy a coffee or juice with a good breakfast while you listen to something relaxing on the radio
Utilise Online Health Services
Sometimes going to the doctor is unavoidable, if you need tests done for example then you’ll have to go into your GP. But in many cases, you can save yourself having to take time off work, wait around in the waiting room and speak to the doctor by utilising online services. Apps and websites allow you to video chat real GPs who can diagnose you and even prescribe medication based on your conversation. There is a fee for this of course, but if it’s out of hours or you simply dont have the time to get to your doctor (or the waiting list is particularly long) this is a great alternative. Online chemists are also a fantastic way to manage your health online. You can order any repeat prescription medication from here and have it delivered to your door, and can even order the pill online as well as other types of contraception. It’s quicker and easier than having to go and see a doctor.
Eating healthy, home cooked foods every day is a massive commitment. Cooking and preparing meals from scratch every day takes considerable time and effort- something you might not have after you’ve been busy all day. But you don’t need to resort to eating unhealthy and expensive takeaways and convenience foods. When it comes to lunches, meal prepping is the way to go. There are lots of recipes and ideas online, and you can prepare for the week ahead all at once. For dinners, batch cooking is a great solution. When you get time one weekend, make big portions of a couple of your favourite meals. Portion them out into individual tupperware containers and freeze. That way, if you really don’t have the time or energy to cook you always have tasty home cooked food on hand you just need to pop it into the microwave.
Pack an ‘Emergency Kit’ In The Car
In most cases, wherever you go your car goes with you. So being prepared and putting together a bag of essentials can really help things run more smoothly. Out and about and the shoes you have on are giving you a blister? If you have some comfy shoes and some plasters in the car, you can get on with the rest of your day pain free. If you’ve decided last minute that you want to pop to the gym straight from work, having a change of gym clothes in your bag will allow you to do so. Perhaps you were just out running some errands, but a friend has dropped you a text asking if you want to pop out for lunch or a coffee. Having a couple of bits of makeup in your bag to freshen up your appearance saves you from having to go home. Things like a spare phone charger, some wet wipes and tissues, antibacterial hand gel will come in handy for most people. Have a think about your lifestyle and what kinds of situations are likely to crop up. Pack everything you might need into a bag and keep it in the boot of your car, chances are at some point you’ll be glad you did!
Really organisation is about highlighting the areas of your life that cause stress or don't run as efficiently as they should and could, and then finding solutions!