We all know life is busy and the New Year is that time people create goals and resolutions to carry into the next year. Luckily, January has several holidays to help with that – Get a Balanced Life month and Get Organized month! While these holidays help us get in gear for the new year right at the beginning of January, resolutions can occur all year long. People are constantly changing and growing so having goals can help you get to where you want to be at. There are many ways to organize your life through notebooks, fads, as well as suggestions from blogs, but it’s important to find a way that works for you. Attempting to find balance between different aspects of life can feel like juggling cats who just want to tackle each other. If you don’t have a way to separate home and work, each can make the other suffer. Taking on too many changes at once can cause the train of progress to derail so balance is important.
That being said, life can be daunting when you don’t know where to begin, so here are some tips to help you with organization and balance in any area of your life:
1. Have a calendar – I don’t mean have a calendar just laying around, I mean have a pocket calendar, a desk calendar, a phone calendar, any kind that fits your life. I use a calendar for daily tasks as well as a planner and a desk calendar. I even use my phone due to my attention span. Writing it down on paper can be more beneficial for some as it helps you remember the task however, if you lose papers frequently, having it all in one place like your phone can help. That way it won’t be buried beneath papers for work and the like.
2. Find a budget that works for you. Stores have pre-made budget books that can help you fill in the blanks and keep an eye on your spending. A dollar here and there adds up really quickly.
3. Plan out chunks of time for things like chores or big projects. If you know it’s going to take a long time, only having 30 minutes often can just make you sit and ignore the tasks you need to get done.
4. Take 15 minute breaks between study sessions – don’t burn yourself out trying to do homework, taxes, or anything really. Taking breaks and move around, stretch your limbs and get something to drink or eat.
5. Always have quick meals in your fridge and cupboards for those days there’s little time to cook – this could be your favorite snack, easy bake pizza, pasta, anything that feeds your family best without it taking up too much energy. You can save money and gas staying at home cooking.
Remember, in order for you to be able to help others as well as succeed daily, you have to help yourself first. Finding the way that works for you above all others, is important. You can’t have balance if you’re fighting with yourself or burning out from stretching too thin.