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Routines; so you don’t have to think and how to make them.

Why are routines important?  I used to balk against my mother’s routines as a child. I thought they were boring and useless.  As an adult I understand now that the routines we have are so we can deal with the things that aren’t routine easily. Think about it. If you have a morning routine and your alarm clock doesn’t go off in the morning you don’t have to look for everything you need to get ready for school or work.  Routines make it so you don’t have to think.  Or they make it so you can think about other things while you do your routine.

So how do you get into a routine?  My evening routine for getting ready for work the next day is pretty easy.  I don’t need a list to remember everything.  I do the same thing 5 evenings a week.  Other of my routines are a bit harder to remember as they only happen once a week or once a month. For these I have lists.

An example of needing a list is my Budget and Bill paying routine.  I have a spreadsheet for my Budget.   At the beginning of the month I update my budget. Most of it stays the same but things like birthday presents, car registrations, new shoes are added as needed.  At the beginning of the month I pay all the bills that are not on auto pay.  Some are on-line and some are checks in the mail. I would have no clue what I paid, how much I paid, what I have to pay, or how I pay it, if I didn’t have a budget sheet and a routine.  I write a check for the amount owed that month or go on line and pay through the website. I put paid next to everything I pay.  Every week I look at the bank account for the auto payments. I mark these as paid. I have not missed a payment in years. I have not been overdrawn at the bank in years.

Another list for me is self-care.  I am notorious for not taking care of myself and making time for my basic daily needs like putting lotion on, doing yoga, updating my fitness pal, shaving my legs, etc.  I made myself a list/calendar of the things I forget. I printed it out and taped it to the mirror in my bathroom. This serves two purposes. One, I see it daily and it reminds me. Two, My husband sees it and if it isn’t full of pretty pink check marks he starts reminding me.

Many parts of your life can be run with routines. Start with one routine at time. Your routines will to free you up your mind to think about other things.  You will have more time to do other things.  You will have less stress and more peace.

 

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Life Organization: Create a Morning and Evening Routine

If you want to start your day grumpy and late don’t make a morning routine.  If you want your morning to be easy enough to do it in your sleep then you have to plan a routine and plan ahead. Same for your evening.  If you want it to be relaxing then follow a routine.  Routine is peaceful. Routine helps you do tasks on auto pilot when you are in a hurry or just don’t feel like doing something.

How do you create a routine?  Let’s start with the evening routine.  Why evening you ask?  Because your evening routine is going to make your morning routine simpler and faster.  Get a piece of paper and pen or open a blank document page. Write down everything you have to do in the evening.  Everyone’s list is going to look a bit different depending on if you have children, pets, spouse/SO, school, gym, social groups, side hustle, etc.  The one thing everyone needs to have on their list is “get ready for tomorrow”.  

This is my evening list. Dinner, update fitness pal, check all mail, check selling websites, talk to family members on the phone or in person, start a load of laundry, pick up the house, feed the pets, scoop the cat box, love the pets, write a blog post or sew or research, Yoga, shower, shave, lotion, plug-in phone on the charger,  Get ready for tomorrow,  hot lavender or Caramel tea and maybe a show before bed.

My kids are grown but are still very needy so I talk to them daily. My Spouse works out-of-state during the week and I talk to him every night too. I have my side hustles of Organized Life Today Etsy and Ebay. Often I am behind in my day work so occasionally that gets added to the routine.

The most important part is getting ready for the morning.  My commute is 1.5 hours one way every morning.  I like to roll out of bed and not have to think or make decisions before the sun comes up. The night before I decide what I am wearing based on what I have to do at work and the weather forecast for the next day. I hang my clothes on the dresser handle and my undergarments and shoes on top of the dresser.  I pack my snacks, waters, and lunch in a reusable and insulated lunch bag. This stays in the refrigerator overnight. My work laptop bag, my purse, and coat (if needed) are staged by the front door.  Car keys are on the counter next to my vitamins.  I remember to take my vitamins if they are in the open and next to something I can’t do without. Breakfast is a store brand weight loss shake and a coke, which are strategically placed next to my lunch bag in the refrigerator. From the time I roll out of bed to out the door takes a maximum of 30 minutes. 20 minutes if I don’t put on makeup.

Your routine will be different from mine depending on your and your families needs.  I am a list person. Lists, especially check off lists, help me to not forget what needs to be done.  We will discuss lists in another blog post.  I hope this helps you begin your journey on getting organized and have Peace of Mind.

 

 

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LEAVE CHAOS BEHIND ORGANIZATION LEADS TO PEACE OF MIND

Leave Chaos Behind Organization Leads to Peace of Mind. What does that even mean?  For me it means that all of the basics in my life are organized so when things go sideways I don’t have to worry about the day-to-day basics.

I have a daily routine. I have a financial routine. I have a creative routine. I have a health routine. I have an emotional development routine.  Everything in my home has a place. My home is not cluttered. I manage my time wisely. I have quality time with my friends and family. I have a career plan.

In my fantasies my life is like that. I have lots of tools and routines to be organized that I don’t use or use well. My life does not have balance or consistent organization and that Chaos creates a lack of Peace of Mind.

I am on a journey to discover and implement consistency and organization.  I will teach and share with you how to leave the Chaos by learning how to implement tools that will work for you to gain your physical, emotional, financial. time, career, family, friends, social, and creative Peace of Mind.

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