Updated: Mar 17, 2019
"This is my experience on using the New York Times best seller, "One Year To An Organized Life" by Regina Leeds to enhance my quality of life and establish lifestyle routines. I admire her take on getting organized one week and one area at a time because I thrive on achieving little accomplishments in moments. I hope this inspires you to get the book, follow along and establish your own lifestyle routines as well!" - Cheli Njoku
✨✨Grab a journal to document your steps for this exercise ✨✨
Step 1: LOOK BACK
Be honest with yourself. What are your current organizational or none organizational habits and where did they come from? What influenced or inspired them?
* Childhood memories/Parents?
* Life changes (children, career, school, health..)?
Step 2: SET GOALS
Be intentional about the changes you want to adopt and write them in the present tense.
Example of positive changes:
* I will have an organized filing system
* I will be on time for EVERY event
* I will set deadlines and no longer procrastinate
Make realistic goals that fit you and your lifestyle.
Remember - nothing is written in stone. You can always revise your goals.
When I first started writing my goals...dude I was reaching. I had about 7 time consuming goals!
Now, I’ve narrowed it down to two specific goals for the next 90 days. That suits me better because I thrive on little success stories at a time which equal big accomplishments overtime.
Step 3: Time Management
What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
What eats up your hours and leaves you wondering where the day went?
Be honest and list the items that take up the majority of your time in the order of time consumed.
For me, the first on the list will be the J O B. Even my travel time is mostly work related. So I know my goal this year is to seek balance and prioritize.
Ask yourself, are there items on the list you want to dedicate less time to, more time to, or eliminate all together?
Think about your GOALS for this one. If one of your goals is to have more social gatherings, you may want to minimize your overtime hours at work...or time spent on Instagram for example.
Create your future list next to your current list and the amount of time you’ll dedicate to each item. It might be the same list, just more balanced. In your Calendar/Journal, schedule the steps needed to accomplish your goals.
An accountability partner might help as well.
What “aha!” moments stood out for you during this exercise?
What tips would you like to share that have worked for you in the past?
For me, one additional tip I’ll share is DELEGATING. Having minions to help with time management never hurts.
Please share your tips and question below in comments.