I’ll let you in on a secret: organization is one of the biggest keys to success. Time is limited, and organization allows us to optimize our time to meet our goals. Whether you want to get out of debt, save money, or learn a new skill, it all takes time.
Since I’ve started my blog as my side hustle, my time has become extremely valuable to me. The only way to balance a full-time job, blogging, freelance writing, planning a wedding and spending time with friends, family, and my fur babies is to be organized.
You know those days that you wake up and everything seems to be going wrong? You slept in, you throw on some wrinkled clothes, you skip breakfast, and you jump in your car and see you’re low on gas? Yeah, not the best way to start a day.
By spending as little as 15 minutes the night before, you can ensure that you are more organized tomorrow. Here are 10 things you can do today to make tomorrow better:
Make a to-do list
If you’re like me, your brain might never shut off. I can’t tell you how many times I’m almost asleep and wake up panicked about something I forgot I need to do tomorrow. Making a simple list of what you need to accomplish tomorrow not only keeps you organized, but it keeps you sane and anxiety-free. Keep a small notebook by your bed to write down anything else you might think of last minute.
Write down your goals
Writing down goals is different than a to-do list because goals keep you centered. Looking at my list of goals for the day keeps me on-track and excited! It’s hard to get up in the morning if you don’t have a sense of purpose. Goal-setting gives you motivation and gives you the drive to actually do your to-do list.
Pack a lunch
There are so many reasons why packing a lunch sets you up for success. First off, it saves a ton of money. I can pack a lunch that maybe costs $2, where I spend at least $10 if I go out to lunch. If I do that 5 days a week for a year, that is a savings of over $2,000!
Secondly, it is so much healthier than eating out all the time. Fat, sodium, and calorie counts in restaurant foods are actually insane you guys. Packing your lunch at night ensures that you bring it every day, saving you money and calories.
Do a brief cleanup
By spending even five minutes a night straightening up, it saves you a ton of time on the weekends when you might do heavy cleaning. Put clothes and shoes away and do the dishes. It’s relieving to have things cleaned up, and it saves you from looking at that three-day pile of dirty dishes in the sink…ew.
Make time to workout
When you’re busy, it’s so easy to let working out slide. But we shouldn’t let it. Working out is imperative for a healthy body and a healthy mind. When I work full-time and come home to blog on my computer, I literally spend ALL day sitting. Working out is absolutely necessary for me to feel on top of my game. Schedule a time in the day that you can work out and make it a goal to stick to it. Even if you start by going on short walks, just get moving! How many successful people do you know who don’t take care of themselves physically? I can’t think of many.
Lay out your clothes
I don’t know about you, but when I wake up in the morning, I want to make as few as decisions as possible. I’m tired and delirious. Laying out your clothes at night means one less thing you have to do in the morning. Plus, it keeps you looking put-together and professional versus throwing on the first thing you find in a hurry.
Lastly, turn your devices off!
As a blogger, I am so guilty of staying on my phone at night, and it’s terrible. Physically, the brightness of devices stimulates our minds so we aren’t rested and it also gives me a lot of added stress and anxiety before bed, which is never good. Turn off your devices and go to sleep, already!
All in all
By doing a few things the night before, we really set ourselves up for success the next day. If you’re not sure where to start, just make it a goal to spend 10 minutes at night doing something that will make tomorrow better.