One great Time Management, Organizational Task, and Money-Saving tip that ALWAYS works is to plan ahead. When you plan ahead, you know when the upcoming sales will be, you will be able to coordinate multiple stops into one trip, and will be able to include FUN ACTIVITIES into your day while you also complete your organizational tasks.
Therefore, I build in one evening at the end of each month to check my schedule and make sure that all appointments are noted on my DayTimer calendar followed by building local events and fun activities into my schedule, building at least two hours every week for a “me time”, and lastly followed by building cleaning and organizational tasks into my schedule.
Whether you run a business, orchestrate your family’s activities or just your own schedule, Time Management is THE most important tip that you can use.
The very first thing that you should do in order to get, and keep, your life under control so that you also have time left over to spend on yourself or your family is a calendar. Just ONE calendar. It does not matter if it is a pocket calendar or a wall calendar or a desk calendar. The important thing is that you use only ONE calendar. Everything that you and your family does goes into that calendar. This one calendar will be you and your family’s collective brain. EVERYTHING that you have planned should go into this ONE calendar.
The next thing that you need to do is to determine the difference between MUST DO and SHOULD DO. MUST items are things such as your job, doctor appointments, veterinary appointments (for those who have pets), family quality time and recognition, school concerts, school and work (however, for work, keep in mind that ONLY the time that you are paid for is what is a MUST DO item), etc. Everything else should be fit into the schedule as time permits.
The key to being happy and organized is to prioritize the MUSTS in your life and then work the SHOULDS into your day-to-day life. Keep in mind that It is the Journey that Counts.
One trick to keeping your priorities at work in check is to calculate how much money you earn each year and then break that amount of money into the number of minutes in each year. If you make $10,000/year then each minute is worth $0.019; if you make $50,000/year, each minute is worth $0.095; if you make $100,000/year, each minute is worth $0.190. There are 1,440 minutes in one day and therefore, 525,600 minutes in a year. Divide your annual salary by the number of minutes in a year and you will know how much each minute is worth. Whenever you are at work and you are tempted to complete work that someone in a lower salary makes, you should delegate those tasks because you are actually losing money.
One way to keep your personal life priorities in check is to think about the reason behind the well-known Christmas movie titled: “The Christmas Carol”. Think about how you want to be remembered by your family and friends after you have moved from the realm of this life on earth to the hereafter. You have 525,600 minutes every single year. You are in total control of how you choose to spend those minutes.
With that introduction, check out the Organization Tasks for May.