Everyone has a part of their life that just isn’t quite perfect. If you’re anything like me, you crave that perfection. Well, news flash, perfection will never exist. But you can get as close as possible. :)
Here’s how to start finding that perfection. First, no matter what area it is find out what makes it unorganized and imperfect. Is it that your house is never clean? Or that your finances just never seem to be in check? Maybe you’re sick of making five trips to the grocery store each week.
Second, ask yourself this, “How do I fix it?”. If it is that your house is never clean, the obvious answer to this question is cleaning. (We’ll delve into those other topics, like finances, in later articles.)
Third, create a plan of action. For this particular scenario, I break it down into even more steps. (Don’t you love taking advice from an organization freak?)
(1.) Find what time of day you have available to clean. If you work during the day your free time will most likely be early in the morning or in the evenings. You also have to consider this question, “When do I have the energy?”. If you’re not a morning person do you really think that you’ll get up at 5:00 AM to clean your floors? Come on, let’s think realistically. You know you better than anyone else. When will YOU be willing to do it?
(2.) What days will you clean what? Will Friday be laundry day? Or will you just keep up with everything the best you can. Personally, I clean dishes after every meal, and everything else I just do as it needs to be done. However, I know alot of people who really go by the ‘day of the week’ system rather than the ‘day by day’ system. My mother-in-law swears by doing laundry only on the weekends. It’s whatever works for YOU. YOU personalize it to YOUR tastes and time.
Lastly, follow your plan. Diligently. You can’t expect to get anywhere just by saying you’ll do laundry every Sunday. You’ll only make progress if you actually do it. Get into a rhythm and force yourself to follow that rhythm for a month or so. By that point, it’ll start becoming habit. Did you know it takes two months to form a habit? Make the things you find important into a habit and you’ll find it feels alot less like work for you.
Check back next time for our talk on finances!