Organizing Your Life
Having too many to-dos and things to remember can give you a major case of scatterbrain. Many of us vow again and again to get organized, once and for all. But this is always easier said than done. And let’s not forget how our environment can bring on the mental chaos. Cluttered closets, messy countertops, and too many files crowding your desktop…it all adds up. The solution? Start small. Tackle just ONE thing each day, or spend 15 minutes a day de-cluttering one area of your home. This will help you create more space, not just in your physical surroundings, but in your mind as well. It takes regular practice to develop healthy habits around organization and get your life in order. And you’ll have so much more clarity, and be so much happier, for it.
What steps have you taken to create a more organized life?
Lighten The Load
If you’re anything like me, your days are jam packed. And the ever-growing “to do” list can get overwhelming and stressful.
What I’ve learned over the years is that you don’t have to do it all; you just need to do your best. The mind can only take so much, so sometimes it’s best to keep calm and just breathe. BREATHE.
Getting things done will keep your sanity intact and that is all about efficiency and asking for help where you need it. Look at your daily to-do’s and consider what
you can delegate. Set reminders for appointments in an online calendar, instead of using sticky notes. Plan and prep weekly meals on Sundays. Hire a little help for
routine tasks like mowing the lawn or walking your dog.
What’s one thing you can do today to help lighten your load?
Spare Change Goes a Long Way
There are few things more frustrating than hearing that distinct rattle in the washing machine. Clink. Clink. The sound of quarters and dimes emerging from pant pockets and vocally enjoying a Tide bath.
Coins have become a forgotten commodity in our world. Occasionally we fish them out from our wallets to avoid getting more change in return or to buy something from the rare vending machine. But all that spare change can really add up to make a big difference.
Try placing a few change-catching cups around the house and encourage everyone to deposit their coins. Make sure to keep one near the washing machine for those retrieved before, or after, the wash. Choose a fun way to spend this money – like a family outing for pizza or bowling – and you’ll be amazed at how quickly those coins add up! In some areas, banks or casinos will still count change for free…so make sure to ask.
Don’t let your spare change just hide in the couch cushions and lay around unused. Put your money to work for the fun of the family. How will you spend your change?
MISTAKES ARE PROOF THAT YOU’RE TRYING
I’ve made little mistakes. Big blunders. Sometimes I’ve outright failed. And that’s OK.
Because the thing about getting something wrong is that learning how *not* to do things is just as important as getting them right. If you never mess up, how can you look back, learn and improve yourself?
Sometimes when you make a mistake, you get a second chance to get it right. But you have to be willing to reflect on your missteps, no matter how scary that may be. It’s far worse to hold yourself back because you’re too afraid to fail.
Remember that mistakes are proof that you’re trying. So go ahead and try, then try again in a better way. Whenever I’m faced with a new challenge I ask myself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Ask yourself the same thing the next time you want to take a leap in life. I promise, you won’t regret it.
Kindness Is The Key
A boy found a turtle and started to examine it, but the turtle pulled its head and legs into its shell. The boy was upset and picked up a stick to try and pry it open. The boy’s uncle saw this and remarked, “No, that’s not the way! You’ll never get it to open up with a stick. In fact, you may harm the turtle.” The uncle took the turtle into the house and set it near the fireplace. In just a few minutes, the turtle began to get warm. It pushed out its head, then stretched out its legs and began to crawl. “Turtles are like that,” said the uncle, “and people, too. You can’t force them into anything. But if you first warm them up with some real kindness, more than likely they will respond to you.”