If you are anything like me, your weekends are booking up quickly through the summer. Weddings, vacations, birthdays… Well I guess those things never stop happening, and that’s a wonderful thing!
It can be so easy to get overwhelmed during the week when you know you don’t have any ‘catch up’ time on the weekends. That’s when you need to get organized and make the most out of your day!
My friends and coworkers think I’m a crazy person for finishing my PhD and planning a wedding at the same time. Did I mention my graduation ceremony and wedding are back to back weekends? (I chose the dates, so there’s really no complaining allowed for me.) I’ve been able to keep my sanity through it all by staying organized and using my days efficiently. Today I want to share my tips for how I use each day to the fullest!
1. Make to-do lists
I’ve been a list creator my whole life. The problem with that is I’d start a work to do list, chore list, wedding list, and grocery list in 4 different places on little scraps of paper.
My solution? An electronic to do list! It’s taken me a while to get used to and I admit that I do miss my good old hand written notes. But with my electronic to do list, it is easier to prioritize all my tasks to make my day as efficient as possible. I’ve learned this technique from Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push!
Take 10-15 minutes every day to look at your to do list and put EVERYTHING you know needs done on the list. Then put your items in one of the following categories:
- Must get done today
- Must get done this week
- Things I want to get done
When doing this, don’t put more tasks on your ‘Today’ list than you know you could get done. Also, if you know you’re going to be busy in the afternoon, make it a priority to get your more time consuming task done first.
2. If something takes less than a minute, just get it done.
It’s tempting to relax when you have down time during your busy week. But don’t neglect the easy chores. It takes less than a minute to put dishes in the dishwasher, so you may as well just clean out the sink now. Take a stroll through your closet and put all the dirty clothes in your basket at the end of the day. Neglecting smaller chores will only build up and give you a longer cleaning session when you feel like you finally have time to do it.
3. Multi-task when you can.
There are some things you do not want to multi-task, but definitely multitask when you can. For me, I often multitask during workouts. Home workouts include emptying dish washer or something between lifting sets.
If you can find ways to multi-task you could be surprised what kind of time you free up.
4. Workout or have a technology free routine in the morning.
A morning routine like this one can snap you out of a tired haze in the morning and help get you focused! Plus when you have some activity in the morning, you’ll feel better if you don’t seem to be able to fit in a workout in the evening.
5. Take some ‘me’ time.
This is arguably the MOST important. Take whatever time you have, be it 15-30 minutes, to do something for you. Me? I usually take that time to get nails painted, read a book for entertainment, or watch a show on DVR. This can usually work great at the end of the day as a way to relax.
6. Revisit your to-do list.
It can be good to evaluate what you were able to get done. Some tasks can also change priority through the day! This can help get you set up for success the rest of the week.