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Now Where Did I Put That…?

As a busy mum, do you ever find yourself with piles of paper all over the house? 

I used to have a pile on a shelf in the kitchen where all the bit of paper that came into the house used to reside.  Doctors letters, dentist appointments, eye tests, MOT reminders, credit card bills, bank statements, you name it: it went into the pile.

As a result I was always losing important bits of information. 

I would put the dentist’s appointment reminder on the shelf and somehow convince myself that because it was there, I wouldn’t forget.  Wrong. 

So many appointments were wasted due to my inefficient system, and I’m sure my dentist was ready to throttle me!

Even if your house is small, you can still create a system that works for you.  You don’t need a huge desk and a mountain of in trays to be a little more organised (I promise).

Armed with a small shelf, a concertina box file and a couple of lever arch files and a steely determination, you can create a perfectly manageable filing system that works for you and keeps your life running smoothly.

Remember, make things happen, don’t make excuses.  

 

Systems Save Time

All of us have routines. 

Human beings crave control and predictability because it helps us to feel safe.  When we have experience of a situation our fear is lessened, which helps to give us greater peace of mind.

However, routines that serve us and save us time can work really well, as long as we remain flexible in our approach.

In my house during the week, the children are not allowed to come down for breakfast without dressing first.  Hunger is a powerful motivator and I find that if I let them eat breakfast in their pyjamas, trying to get them to get dressed after breakfast, when they are engrossed in playing, is stressful for everyone involved.

Having them get dressed first, then make their beds and fold their pyjamas on their pillows, means that one job is finished before the next is started.

In what areas of your life could your routine be tweaked to save time?  Could you change your morning routine to get up ten minutes earlier to shower and make your bed before the kids get up?  How much could you prepare the night before, so it is sitting, ready to go in the morning?

Personally, I usually empty the dishwasher and lay out the breakfast things before I go to bed.  This way I always have time to make myself a welcome cup of coffee, and actually sit at the kitchen table and drink it hot.  This is my one morning indulgence, and it helps me to mentally prepare for my day.

When you start the day as if on purpose, you take control and more often than not, remain in control.

Remember, systems save time.

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