To be honest, the research is conflicting; it could take days to weeks or even months.
But you know what? Exactly zero habits will be intentionally created until you start. And thirty days seems like a reasonable amount of time to start with. After this, you’ll have a good idea if it’s something you’d like to continue with or not. It also ties in to the average length of a calendar month, so you get to harness the power of a fresh start by starting your 30-day challenge on the first of the month.
Raising your awareness of how much money you earn, how much you spend and how much you save is the first step in winning the money game.
An easy way to do this is with a planner. There are numerous electronic resources and apps that work too. However, I like the mindfulness of picking up a pen and writing on paper. I can recount several occasions where the thought of having to write out yet another frivolous expense stopped me from making an unnecessary purchase.
They may be manic, mellow or anywhere in between. What is consistent about Mondays is that they are the start of the traditional work week, so it’s time to get things done. So before next Monday rolls around, why not take some time to think about where you’d like to be by the end of the week and make a plan to get there.
I am a fan of planners. I have designed a whole range and use most of them to organise my life. Daily and weekly planners are the norm. But I’ve found creating printable planners for various projects and interests really works for me. Today, I thought I’d share some lesser known planners, in the hope you’ll find them useful too.
However, after a busy day at work, it won’t stop staring into your fridge, not knowing what to make for dinner. You’ve had a busy day at work and your brain just can’t handle another decision.
The easiest thing to do is here to make that decision – what shall I eat for dinner? – ahead of time. Of course, that won’t help you in the moment, but planning ahead stops it happening again. This is the essence of meal planning, but there’s no need to be really specific with each meal. That can feel restrictive and boring. Create a theme for each night’s dinner and it will guide and narrow down your options in making a final choice.
It’s a great strategy for organising your food and eating, especially if your life is pretty hectic.
However, it won’t take long for you to get a little bored of eating the same meals on rotation – ask me how I know. As a meal planning newbie, I didn’t have the time to thumb through cookbooks or search the internet for new recipes nor did I have the patience to try them out. That didn’t leave me many options for increasing my recipe bank. However, there’s always a creative solution to every situation. And I’m about to share one creative approach to expanding your list of meal ideas.
The advantages of meal planning go further than saving you time and money. Even though we know this, it can feel like a daunting task to go from empty fridge and empty kitchen cupboards to full-on home chef.
There’s no need to take the leap into meal planning all in one go. I’ll share with you three tiny steps that will guide you in the right direction.
You know it’s something she’ll love. It cost less than you expected. And you bought it before her birthday.
You jump for joy. And decide to wrap it later.
Later translates into ten minutes before you’re heading out to meet her for dinner. You grab some wrapping paper. But can’t find any cellotape. Of course, cellotape is on your ‘someday’ shopping list. You’ve been meaning to buy some. Your good feelings about the perfect present give way to frustration at your wrapping challenges.
That’s just one scenario that won’t repeat itself once you’ve collated an organised assortment of stationery.
So the traditional approach as a new year approaches has been to sit down and write out a list of goals for the year. Finding the balance between what you want and the commitment to doing your bit can be tricky. Deciding how many goals to set, which areas of life to focus on and what changes I’ll make has meant that some years my new year’s resolution list was about as long as my arm. And unless I was going to tattoo that list on my arm, it was unlikely that at any one time I’d be able to recall all my goals, never mind start achieving them. Then there were the years when I made shorter lists only to feel a bit disappointed that I hadn’t written a longer one when lots of ‘non-list’ things came to fruition.
Clearing out junk and unwanted stuff is something I find easy. Maybe because I've been doing it for such a long time. There's been less to declutter over time, but I still need to do it so I don't get overwhelmed with stuff. To ensure your decluttering gets off to a successful start, I've listed some helpful tips below.
So how many times have you been caught out deciding what to wear? Usually in the morning right?! Standing in front of open wardrobe doors staring at the contents and getting stuck on what to wear is a very familiar situation for me. I repeatedly promised myself I’d get organised and plan my outfits ahead of time and only recently started using an outfit planner. And it has been a game changer. However, what has been an even bigger help in choosing my daily outfits has been limiting my choices to dresses. Becoming a frockstar has so many benefits and I’ve listed them below.
I love a good quote, amongst them I can usually find just the right dose of wisdom to give me a boost particularly when it comes to planning, organising and then getting things done. Here is a selection to keep you going!
Most blogs about getting organised are mostly about home organisation; kitchen closets, wardrobe rehab, laundry schedules and the like. That’s not my sole intention here. I want to cover topics about being organised that pertain to all aspects of life. I believe it’s a skill that applies to all that we do and all that we are. Of course, you’ll have to take my word for it for now, but please do stick around and you’ll be able to judge for yourself. For now, I figured I’d pen a ‘homey’ article that shares my viewpoint. So let’s get stuck into my take on cleaning and the home front.
We’ve discussed using your own personal ‘why’ as a practical approach to getting organised. However, I will admit, I find it helpful to use prompts or templates to help we work out where I’m headed when the opening question is a general one and that applies to getting organised too.