Organize Now! Week 3

Week 3 Organize You Schedule

This week was pretty easy for me because I don’t have a whole lot going on. I use the calendar on my iPhone instead of buying one. I like that because I have it configured to where it automatically updates my computer via iCloud.

You can find other weeks goals here.

This weeks goals:

1. Buy one daily planner to use for both work and your personal life. Using more than one leaves room for confusion and overlapped appointments.

Done. Using the calendar on my phone.

2. Sit down with your family and plan your week/month ahead of time so you can:

  • Schedule babysitters
  • Divide errands
  • Plan meals
  • Divide chores
  • Plan driving arrangements for activities

This is done, sort of. Since I am changing jobs I am trying to get used to all my new found freedom, and figure out just what to do with my time 🙂

3. Gather all your To Do items from sticky notes, calendars and scraps of paper (don’t forget to collect those you store in your mind!), and create a To Do list that you keep in your planner. Make this list as complete as possible.

My list is pretty huge, and I have been adding to it by the day. I am using the reminders app on my phone to keep track of my To Do list.

4. Sort your To Do tasks by:

A: Tasks that need to be done this week. (e.g., pay electric bill). Schedule these in your planner.

B: Tasks that need to be done this month (e.g., buy a birthday present, send a thank-you note). Schedule these in your planner.

C: Tasks that you would like to get done in the future (e.g., have lunch with a friend). List these tasks on a separate piece of paper to refer to when you have extra time.

I did all this in my reminders app and just made three different lists (A,B,C).

5. Once you have your tasks sorted into categories, number the tasks in each category, in the order in which they must be accomplished. If you get all of your A (weekly) tasks done and you have time, you can tackle a task from the B (monthly) list or even C (future) list. If you don’t get all of your A tasks done, make those unfinished tasks top priority for the next day.

6. Schedule your dentist and doctor appointments for the next year, and veterinarian appointments if you have pets. Schedule kids’ pediatric appointments and family members’ dental checkups back-to-back so you can make fewer trips.

7. Place a small notebook by your bed for those nights you lie awake thinking of things you need to do. Write the down and get some sleep knowing you’ll put them on your To Do list in the morning.

This one, I honestly did not do. I am fortunate enough that I do not have this problem. As soon as my head hits the pillow, I am out like a light.

8. Use a page of your planner for a long-term To Do list. This could include gifts that need to be delivered, borrowed items that need to be returned, movies to rent, books to read, etc. When you write these things down, you free yourself from the worry of forgetting.

First thing on the list was to watch Catching Fire when it comes out in the fall 🙂

 

The calendar was easy, because of nursing school, I am used to keeping a calendar. The To Do list is going to be a little harder because I am not used to keeping one. In nursing school I tried to keep one and would spend a lot of time setting one up just to set it down and not look at it again..

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Organize Now!

I have started a new project and I am going to share it on my blog! I recently bought and started reading Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry. It is a “week-by-week guide to simplify your space and your life”.

My life used to be organized. I knew exactly where I was going, what I was doing, how I was spending my money, my house was so organized and clean. I honestly don’t know what happened, but it happened a few years ago. My life feels like a whirl wind, half of the time I don’t know if I am coming or going. Of course, it could be the fact that I worked 72 hrs over the last 7 days…

Anyhow, I am going to do the weekly challenges that the book suggests and posting my progress every Sunday.

Weeks 1-4 Organize Yourself:

Week 1 Organize your mind & life Vision.

This week’s goals:

1. Write out your vision for your life. Answer these questions to help you find inspiration. If you could do anything…

Where would you live?

Not picky about the neighborhood… somewhere around Fort Worth though.

How would you earn income?

I would be a badass RN.

What would your days look like?

If I wasn’t at work, playing with my future children and husband.

What would you do for fun?

Take vacations — for a more daily fun, crafts like scrapbooking making house stuff etc.

What would you do more of?

I would make more time to be creative.

What would you do less of?

Work.

2. Think about what you want to accomplish within the next fifty-six weeks. When you look back on this time in your life, what will you remember? What will you be proud of? List these goals. Break big goals down into smaller pieces to make them more achievable.

  • Buy a house
    • Get pre-qualified
    • Find an awesome house
    • Use our friend as a real estate agent
  • Have a child
    • Get healthy
    • Get prego
    • Buy a house before baby comes
  • Become an RN
    • Finish pre-req’s
    • Apply to program
    • Graduate
    • Get a good RN job

3. Get a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night. If this sounds impossible, you may need to make sleep a priority in your life and readjust your schedule accordingly. What is so important that is keeping you from getting the rest you need? You’re more productive and bring more quality to tasks when you are rested. Your stress level may decrease as well as your brain and body properly rejuvenate.

HA. With my current schedule, 7 hours is a lot to ask. I didn’t accomplish this but I am trying to readjust my schedule. I am starting a new job where this goal will more attainable.

4. Start your day by jotting down a short To Do list of everything you want or need to do that day. This will free up your brain from the burden of remembering.

Ok, I didn’t do this one either… When you have to get up at 4:30am to be at work by 6am, there is no time to make a to do list. Also, this week, I have not had any free time to do anything on a to do list even if I made one.

5. Start a journal. If you don’t have time to write in it ever day, that’s okay. Use it for the days when you need to let it all out or to record a special day or memory.

I started a “One Line A Day’ journal. It is a five year journal that is organized by the date. In other words, one page with have the same date but sections to separate the five years. So you can open it to any date you want and see what happened every year for the last five. It is very cool. I am thinking about making a separate one for everything learned in first 5 years of being a nurse… Might be cool.

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6. Limit the amount of television you watch, especially programs with negative images and messages.

Well this one was easy, cause I have never been much of a TV person. The only shows I watch faithfully are The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and The Bachelor Pad, and they are not on right now…

7. Schedule a two-minute break two to three times a day to spend time alone and just be.

Do you think time in the shower counts?

8. Practice meditating.

Not really my thing. I mean, I have tried before, but really can’t get into this. I have other ways to relax though.

9. Schedule time to exercise. Go to the gym, take a bike ride, walk the dog, hike in the woods, run around the yard with the kids. Every form of movement counts (and burns calories)/

Scheduling time to exercising is just not possible right now. I am starting a new job though and plan on making that a priority as soon as I have more time. As for movement, I am a nurse. I spend 8-12 hours a day running up down hallways lifting and moving people, helping other people walk, kneeling to fix a wound on feet, reaching up to turn on over-the-bed lights. I get tons of movement.

10. Schedule more “me time”. Turn all the phones off and plan something you love to do just for you. Write this in your planner and let yourself have fun. Fun in a crucial part of living a balanced life and will actually improve your health and well-being.

I love my job and have a lot of fun at my job most of the time. As far as “me time” it didn’t happen this week but maybe in a couple of weeks when I change jobs.

11. Eliminate energy drainers in your life: clutter, unhealthy relationships, unfinished projects, items on your To Do list that don’t need to be done until other tasks are complete.

Again this just didn’t happen because I just didn’t have TIME. But I did take a huge step towards this goal by taking a job that would allow me more time for ALL of this…

12. Take control of your time. Set goals and them break them into achievable daily To Do’s. When goals are clear, you can control your time and make space for priorities.

My ultimate goal is to become an organized person so that I will have time and energy to enjoy this beautiful life I have created for myself.

I believe this book is going to help me take control of my time and my life.

There are lots of really awesome tips and words of encouragement in this book, and if organizing your life is exactly what you need then I recommend you getting this book. When I fist bought this book, I bought it for the organizing tips on organizing my house not really my life. I have realized that I need to organize myself before I can organize my surroundings. I look forward to the next year and taking control of my life.