Sometimes life can get so busy that you can find yourself in maintenance mode. If you’re doing just enough to get by; eating ready meals, cleaning has become a quick hoover on a Sunday, you can’t remember the last time you did any exercise and the only conversations that you have with your partner revolves around who’s buying the milk, its time to do something about it.
Whenever I reach this stage I know I need to make a change and get things back on track.
Once you restore order in the key areas of your life, your environment, your well-being, your relationships and your finances, you instantly feel more in control and generally less stressed. Put a day aside, uninterrupted and lets get things back on track. Here are my quick wins to getting your ducks back in a row.
The first job is to get your environment in order. I believe that your surroundings represent your state of mind. If you’re living in a state of chaos, you can’t think straight, and add to this the annoyance of not being able to find anything, your stress levels can go through the roof. So first things first…
Put your mobile on charge, in another room
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Your mobile is a distraction and the tool of all procrastinators. (I speak from experience here. ) Put your mobile out of your reach and set it to silent. Yes, this is time for drastic measures. No cheating on this one!
There are 3 quick jobs that once completed, restore order to your environment and instantly make you feel better about everything. They are:
- Clean bed sheets – climbing into a bed with clean bed sheets has to be one of the nicest feelings, plus there’s nothing like clean bed linen that says “I’ve got my life sorted.”
- Tidy kitchen – restoring order in the kitchen will instantly give you a feeling of being in control. This is no time to organise your kitchen cupboards. We’re talking quick wins only here. Wash up or get the dishwasher on and clean all the surfaces. A quick vacuum and that’s the main room done.
- Vacuumed house – A quick vacuum of all the rooms makes a world of difference.
That’s step 1 done. Now grab yourself a well deserved cup of tea and lets get online.
Checking the spending in your current account is a good habit to get into. Its easy to forget where you are financially when you pay everything by card, as we usually do these days.
Check your bank balance against any direct debits that are still due to come out of your account. Then work out a budget for the rest of the month that includes food shopping and any additional expenses eg; public transport.
Work out a weekly budget for the rest of the month and make sure that you stick to it.
When you’re busy its really easy to neglect your health and well-being. I know that it’s always the last thing on my priority list!
If you’re not eating properly you won’t be feeling 100%, so make a meal plan for the rest of the week. Choose meals that include anything that you already have in stock. If you need inspiration, check out Pinterest for ideas. Make sure lunches are included in your meal planning. It makes such a difference eating a lunch that you’ve prepared yourself, from fresh ingredients. Plus you’ll end up saving money too!
When you look good you feel good. A trip to the hairdresser is a major confidence boost, so now is a great time to book a hair appointment.
You know that yoga class you’ve been thinking of joining? Now is a good a time as any to book your first class. If you have a gym membership, its time to make full use of it. No excuses! We all know how good exercising is for us, so it’s time to make it a priority.
No matter how long you’ve been with your partner, date nights are still important as they give you time away from the every day conversations to be a couple again. When was the last time you and your partner had a date night? If it has been awhile, now’s the time to book a table at your favourite restaurant. If finances don’t allow it for this month then book a table for the following month, then you’ve got something to look forward to.
When you’re really busy, its also easy to neglect your friends. A quick text is ok, but don’t let that become the norm. Nothing can replace the positive effect that a catch up, gossip, and good old natter with a friend over a cup of coffee, can have. Why not arrange a joint hair appointment with a friend? Or persuade them to come along to that yoga class? Going with someone else makes it more likely that you’ll attend (there’s no backing out!) plus it will also make it more fun!
So how are those ducks looking now? These quick wins shouldn’t take you long to action and their main intention is to get you thinking about your priorities should be. Don’t let every day life take you away from what’s important. Remember what your priorities are, stay in control and keep those ducks in a row!
I’d love to know what you do to keep your life organised. Let me know in the comments below.