New business owners and bloggers all want to be able to organise their schedules. Also wanting the commitment to maintaining them on a day-to-day basis, but how do we do it and keep our sanity? Often, creating a schedule that’s workable, is typically time-consuming and often results in a frustrating battle with your calendar.
How Being Organised Saves You Time And Money
Being organised is beneficial for everyone and can be easily adapted to suit individual needs. And believe it or not, being organised in your everyday life actually saves you time and money. Here are a few of the reasons why:-
Efficient And Stress-Free
Try to keep your belongings organised, you don’t need to spend time looking for them when needed. This is especially handy in the case of important yet rarely used items, such as insurance or tax information.
The key to keeping things organised is to come up with a place to keep something and stick to it. If you want to keep important mail in a desk drawer, make sure you keep all of your important mail in that drawer. Don’t be afraid of sorting your things too much. The more categories of things you come up with, the easier it will be to find exactly what you need when you need it.
Saves You From Buying New
Organisation keeps you from buying items you already have, but you’ve forgotten about or lost in your household or workplace. You’re more likely to forget about a pack of rubber-bands you bought several months ago and never opened, than your car keys or your wallet. Combined, these types of purchases can end up costing you a significant amount of money for items that you already have.
Fortunately, this is a very fixable problem. By cleaning and organizing the designated “junk” drawers in your home or office and making a list of all the items, you will easily find the item you’re looking for the next time you go searching. This avoids unnecessary purchases and impulsive buys at the store in the future. It’s a very flexible habit that can be applied to many aspects of your daily routine.
Helps You Remember Important Details
It can be hard to keep track of every detail when you have a lot going on in your life. Sometimes, bills can get lost in the shuffle and go unpaid, or household maintenance gets overlooked. By keeping all of your activities organized, you can get them done in a more efficient manner and you make sure that every detail is taken care of.
Saves Money On Shopping
If you plan out a menu for each month, you can buy many of your groceries in bulk, saving you time and frequent trips to the store. If you prepare a list ahead of time, you can also look for coupons that offer savings on the things you plan to buy.
The same applies to non-food items, which can be bought in bulk and stored for later use. Staying organized and keeping essentials stocked up saves you the stress of running out to make a special trip for more. You can also plan out birthday or holiday gifts well ahead of time so that you can keep an eye out for a good deal.
While it may take a bit of effort, organizing your life allows you to use your time more efficiently and to take full advantage of your finances. Not only that, but the more thought-out your budget or schedule is, the less you will worry about them. There are many tools designed to help keep you organized, including all kinds of helpful apps for mobile devices.
Sticking To It
Creating a schedule and sticking to it is the best way to use all of your time as efficiently as possible. Working on a schedule helps you meet deadlines, keep appointments and stay focused on the task at hand. But, following a schedule can be difficult – especially if you aren’t used to planning out your day. Here are some things to keep in mind while making and maintaining your schedule.
Make A To-Do List
The first thing to consider when setting up a schedule is knowing what you need to accomplish. Make a list of everything that you need to get done in a day, as well as a list of leisure activities or other things that you would like to do. Once you’ve made your lists, you can decide how much time you need for each activity and use this to develop a schedule. Schedule high-priority activities first and work everything else around them.
Use a Planner
Record all of your scheduled events in one organisational tool like a planner. You can use a physical copy or an app on your phone. It’s important to use the same planner for all your scheduling. This ensures that all of your appointments and meetings will be in the same place. Also, they are easily accessible and that no conflicting schedules are made. The simplified scheduling will keep you on track. Relieving some of the stress associated with the scheduling process.
Creating a schedule that you won’t be able to keep is pointless. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time between activities. Especially if you have to travel from one to the other. Also, make sure you allow yourself breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge. Planning a schedule that is too busy will leave you feeling tired. This may affect your performance as well as your health.
Keep At It
Like any habit, good or bad, creating a schedule, you have to keep at it in order to truly make it stick. The same applies to manage and maintain a workable schedule that you can consistently follow each day. The scheduling process will be less stressful and easier to follow through with each time you plan out your day. Persistence is key!
Expect The Unexpected
Don’t be stressed out if things don’t happen exactly like you were expecting them to. Be prepared to make adjustments to your schedule if the situation calls for it. If something comes up that you hadn’t scheduled for, make sure you will still have time to see to everything on your schedule.
These tips cover the basics of managing your time. However, after you’ve worked out and followed your own schedule, you can adapt your organisational style to suit your needs. Try out different methods or techniques to see which ones you like. There is no perfect method for scheduling, so you have to find the method that works best for you.
I hope this has inspired you to create your own schedule. What’s your favourite method of time keeping? Drop your answers in the comments!
If you are still struggling with managing your time and your new schedule, please read my post here, 16 Tips to Better Time Management.