Let’s face it, every mother could use advice on the best way to get organized. And, the easier the tip, the easier the implementation. One of our favorite moms, Tamera Mowry, is sharing her ten ways for getting instantly organized.
1. Set reminders on your phone. Sure, you might be able to do it all – but remembering when to do it all? That’s a whole different task. I’ve mentioned this before but using your phone for more than just the talking is crazy helpful. There’s no reason to keep everything in your head… If you need a reminder, set one!
2. Let someone else in on your plans. Most people have an insane amount of responsibilities on their mind at any given time. If you let your partner, good friend or family member in on even the smallest plans, you have someone to hold you accountable which can be great for preventing anything from falling through the cracks. Just remember, telling someone your goals won’t ensure you complete them, just that it’s all out in the open!
3. Get everything in writing. Putting things in writing is always helpful for solidifying plans. If you’re a serial list maker or planner you might have notebooks filled with notes that at times you don’t even remember writing. Think of all the other little thoughts you have throughout your day that you could be glossing over.
4. Divide up your inbox. In this day and age we have a whole new set of battles when it comes to staying organized. Email should be a form of communication, not a source of stress. Utilize folders, colors and stars (to mark urgent emails) in order to divide up, easily identify and rank items in your inbox.
5. Use helpful apps. There are plenty of organizational apps out there for parents and non-parents alike, so you may have to spend time figuring out which works best for you. Download apps and use them whenever you need them, but delete the ones that aren’t helpful… You don’t want your phone to overwhelm as much as your inbox. I’ll post my fave apps here soon!
6. Check in. Make sure to check in with yourself regularly to analyze what’s working and what’s not. I can tell you that as a working mom I have a lot on my mind. Having these check in’s – whether planned or not – gives me a chance to reevaluate how I’ve organized my schedule. Sometimes things like organization plans and to-do lists can require trial and error until they’re most effective. If you find yourself going months without these little check-ins to your busy life, better add a new reminder!
7. Ask for help. Striking a balance between going at it alone and relying on your support system is key to proper organization in both the professional and the personal. Most people are happy to lend a hand as long as you make your request clear.
8. Keep notes in one place. Like I mentioned, writing things down is key. Mental notes aren’t always the most reliable. But all those notebooks, post-its and notes on the back of junk mail? Not exactly effective either. Designate a day designer or a couple of notebooks as your organizational space rather than jotting notes down wherever.
9. Keep your workspace tidy. Yes, we all love a tidy workspace (almost as much as a tidy kitchen) but there’s actually a really good reason why you should keep your desk clean: it prevents you from procrastinating. From your desk at work to your home office, a clean space prevents you from, well, cleaning…when you should be working on other things instead.
10. Put it on display. If phone reminders and notebooks don’t do the trick or they just aren’t quite enough, put your reminders on display. There’s no limit to what a couple of post-its or a white board and markers can do.