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It may sound easy but we all know staying organized can be hard at times. I want to share my 10 top tips on how to stay organized at home so you find time in your day to actually do the things you want to do – like starting a side hustle.
I’ve been in full-time employment my whole life but always managed to have a side hustle or two at the same time. Many people asked me how I managed to do that and it is easy I try to stay as organized as I poassibly can. I will not always succeed and that is ok. Nobody is 100% perfect but by planning ahead I can stay in better control and achieve more things.
No matter how you call it – being organized or time management – it takes some time and practice. Don’t expect your life to change overnight but incorporate some of the following tips into your normal life and you will see changes soon. In the end, we all just have 24 hours in the day and good time management just means being more organized and finding out where you “waste” time.
Now I am not a big fan of the term “wasting time” as these downtimes are really important so we don’t get to stressed. My personal goal is also to slow down in life and actually purposefully “waste more time” on more mindful activities. But to do that I first need to find out where I maybe spend too much time on activities that neither fill me with happiness nor move me forward. Sometimes time management may also mean outsourcing tasks if you can afford it.
These are my top tips on how to stay organized:
1. Follow A Routine
This may seem like a simple tip but is actually a really effective way to learn how to stay organized. If you already know what you need to get down at what time it makes it easier to follow through with it. Also, if you place your items, like house keys, mobile phone etc always in the same spot it is easier to find them again. I use a shallow bowl for this purpose and since then have not misplaced my keys anymore
Think about your current routine and how much time you spend on each task. Are there any that are redundant or you can speed up? Are there any tasks you dread but that could be made easier? Maybe get some help from your partner or family. Tasks shared with others will seem less like a burden and you spend more time with your loved ones.
2. Make A To-Do List
I really believe in to-do lists to help you stay organized. Personally, I love a good old-fashioned list that I write out a the beginning of the day or the night before. It can also be helpful to make a weekly or monthly to-do list. Whatever works best for you. You can use paper and pen like I do or use an app on your phone.
The best thing this when you get to check an item on your to-do list. At the end of the day you will know exactely where your time went and what you achieved. I feel so much more productive since I started having a regular to-do list and it keeps my on track. I can also see when I have to many items for one day and start moving them around to another time or day to ensure I don’t plan too many things for the same day. That just would leave me be stressed and I want to avoid that.
3. Outsource Tasks
This can be achieved by either involving family members or actually outsourcing certain tasks. For example if you spend a lot of time cleaning the house or maintaining the garden but you don’t actually enjoy the tasks why not get your partner or kids involved?
If that is not an option to find out what it would cost you if you would hire someone to take over the tasks that take up your time. This is a good idea in particular if you are keen to start a side hustle. If your side hustle will bring in more money than the task you are outsourcing then it is a win-win. Not only can you spend your time on something you enjoy but also you can employ someone who then can support their family.
4. Prioritize Tasks
This tip goes hand in hand with the last tip and will help you stay organized. You need to find out which tasks in your life take the most time and which don’t either make you happy or move forward. Sometimes you may be able to outsource these tasks and sometimes not.
If you cannot outsource a certain task maybe you can deprioritize it in your everyday life. Maybe there is someting you want and need to do yourself but it can be done less often. Think what that could be in your life.
5. Be On Time
Life can get hectic but usually we make our life busier than it needs to be. By being late to appointments you will feel stressed and not in control. Try and avoid it where you can. Leave a bit earlier than you have to in case you get delayed. Take something with you to keep yourself busy. Maybe write out your to-do list for the week.
Personally I even arrive a little bit earlier when I can and take a book with me. These are the perfect moments to spend on some mindful activities like a walk in the neighbourhood or reading a good book.
Tips How To Stay Organized
These are my top tips to learn how to stay organized in everyday life. It can be challenging at first but if you follow these tips you will see that you have more time in your day then you think.
Hopefully you will be able to use the time to either live a slower and more mindful life or follow your passion and turn your dreams into a reality.
If you have other tips on how to stay organized please share them in the comments. I’m always keen to learn how to improve my life and learn from others!
You may be reading this blog and think: yes, I want to slow down my life but how? There are so many commitments. The To-Do list does not seem to get any shorter. You may even have noticed that you start things but don’t finish …
There are so many zero waste alternatives that it can be daunting to start thinking about it. But fear not. This helpful guide will show you the best alterative products for someone new to the zero waste lifestyle. These are meant to be easy switches and the list is by no means exhaustive. If you found any other easy switches comment below the blog article please!
The Best Zero Waste Alternatives
The list below features the best ideas that I have incorporated early on and ideas I have collected from friends. These are really easy to do and you will find you will become more motivated the more of the alternatives you try. If you have tried other easy switches let me know I am always keen to learn more about other zero waste alternatives.
1. Soap bars
Once your liquid soap dispensers run out why not consider switching to a soap bar? We siwtched already in the bathroom and it looks stylish and neat. We are saving so much in plastic packaging since the switch! If you are unsure how to store your soap bars consider a nice porcellan or wooden soap bar holder. I bought mine from holiday trips to Hungary and Marrakesh. They are handmade and ensure there is a personal touch in our bathroom.
2. Shampoo Bars
Shampoo bars are little less straight-forward then soap bars but well worth it! You may have to experiment with a few and find one that works for you. Your hair may take some time to get used to shampoo bars so remember there will be a transition period. There are even alternatives where you don’t need any shampoo and just rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar or baking soda to control the build-up of dandruff. But maybe that is the next step. 🙂
3. Bamboo Toothbrush
My friends swear by bambook toothbrushes. I’m still using up my supply of toothbrushes I had purchased before switching to a more zero waste lifestyle.
Talk to your dentist if you have worries and see what they recommend.
4. Beeswax Wrappers
These are great if you want to store your food without using cling film. You can either purchase them or make them yourself. There are vegan options as well if you would rather not want to use beeswax.
5. Reusable Travel Thermos Bottle
A travel termos bottle is my constant travel compangion. Whether I go to work or on a holiday I will always take one with me. This way I can take some hot tea with me when it is cold or have some cold water during the summer. It is also very easy to refill in many places. Here in the UK, there are more and more public water sources but you can also usually ask in a cafe or shop and they will refill it for you.
6. Reusable Keep Cup
A Keep Cup is great for people who like to buy their coffee on the go. If you ever felt bad about the amount of non-reusable coffee cups you are using consider to switch. There are wonderful stylish glass ones or an alternative are reusable bamboo keep cups. If storage is an issue there are also foldable ones.
7. Metal Foodbox
If you take your food with you to work a metal foodbox may be just the right thing for you. I love preparing my food at the weeekend and then take it to work or when I am out and about.
8. Reusable Bag
You can either use a cotton bag that you’ve purchases or try your hand at making one on your own. My mom has made this super handy bag for me with is great for produce shopping. Love this zero waste alternative!
9. Washing Detergent
Pick an ecological one that comes in a cardboard box if you can. Alternatively you can try your hand at making your own. For a few months now we are using a horsechestnut washing liquid. We collected a small amount in autumn last year. Of course we made sure not to collect everything so there were some for the animals left. I actually did several trips to different areas to ensure I only ever took a few in each location. Then dry them and use as needed.
10. Bulk Food Shops
These seem to crop up more and more and if you have one nearby check it out. These shops not only have the most basic food items but are stocked with great zero waste alternatives to explore. You will have to bring the containers with you. However, some of the shops have a container exchange so people who have too many can drop them off at the shop. They are really well stocked these days and most shop owners are keen to hear what you are looking for and will try to stock it if there is enough demand.
Do you have any other suggestions for easy zero waste alternatives? Comment below and I will include them in the overview.
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It is easy to get distracted by the usual to-do lists and tasks that have to be done every day or week. But sometimes you may need to take some time for yourself. A good way to do that is to chose some mindful activity ideas.
It is important to focus on yourself and your own needs at the time. Give your body and mind a break from the wants and needs of others. Find some activities that help you balance your life. Below you will find a list of my favourite mindful activity ideas to unwind from busy periods in my life.
What Are Mindful Activities?
This can be anything that disconnects you from your usual life and brings you back to yourself. You may not be used to meditation or have never tried yoga. That is ok and there is always a first time for everything. After you have tried a few mindful activity ideas you will understand better which are good for you and which you would like to pursue in your everyday life.
A Walk In Nature
You may be living in a bigger city and think but where should I go? If you are in a village or smaller city this may be easier. You may have fields close by or a forest. This was the case for me when I was living at the edge of a small village in Germany. The forest was just five minutes away. I could just go for a short walk and would be surrounded by trees and be able to listen to the wind go through them. The birds would be singing and you could even sometimes see some more wildlife.
Now that I am living in London, these walks in nature have become more precious. I sometimes cycle to a bigger park or take the train outside of London for a hike. However, it is absolutely possible to find peaceful times early mornings in most parks in London.
You may find that the small park next to your house is perfect for some walks. Or maybe there are some paths off the beaten track where you live? I have a small river behind the house and it is only used by some people to walk their dogs or go for a run. There are benches next to the river to sit down and take a rest. You may find there are more opportunities than you had thought.
A New Hobby
Maybe you always admired art and people expressing their artistic side. Have you tried drawing, painting, writing or other mindful activities? They may help you to express yourself and find inner balance. Pick up that brush and see where this journey leads you. There are so many different activities you could try, from pottery to gardening. If nothing sparks an immediate reaction you could try exploring different activities in local classes. More any more businesses are offering classes in baking, drawing, pottery or anything in between. Have a look in your local area to find out what classes are being offered in your area.
Another mindful activity idea which you might want to try is mediation. There are self-guided meditation courses you can take with the help of apps such as Calm. Sometimes there are taster sessions you can try for free. My mobile phone provider currently offers ten-minute Calm sessions every day. This is great to disconnect from daily life and listen to your inner feelings. It’s a great practice session if you never tried mediation before.
You could also take a more traditional approach and book a meditation retreat. There are centres in most areas and you don’t necessarily have to travel far. Have a look around what fits your budget as there are classes you have to pay for but also offers that are free.
What are your favourite mindful activity ideas? Share them in the comments below.