Over the years I’ve always felt drawn to articles about productivity tips and how morning routines can be helpful. Being a professional organizer, business owner, wife and mom; I was always in search of the perfect formula for myself, my clients, or when I’m speaking to groups.
The articles are generally written by successful people. I started thinking to myself who’s taking care of the basic stuff; you know like: doing dishes, fixing breakfast, getting everybody ready, those unexpected little things that happen in life, packing bags to leave the house, menu planning, grocery shopping, laundry, or cleaning the house. Instead of giving you the perfect routine, I realize that we’re all different, so the list can’t be the same. We should modify what works for us.
- Get up early, in theory that’s pretty good except if you struggle with insomnia, your partner snores, or you have a child that was crying during the night. To me, it’s more important to get a little extra rest.
- Drink a big glass of water
- Check my social media, that’s considered a no-no but for me it helps me to wake up. I see what people have going on, I like, share, or post something. It’s marketing for me
- Turn my coffee pot on, if I happen to be in the kitchen alone or maybe not, I usually will do a small household task while the coffee is brewing such as unload the dishwasher or put on a load of laundry.
- Even if it’s just a few minutes, I like to read even if it’s a paragraph and write things down in journal while drinking my coffee. **There have been seasons of life when reading or writing doesn’t happen.
- Check my planner and calendar for the day, always leave room on your schedule for the unexpected which would include a scope creep of a project at work, maybe somebody got sick, or you just want to do something fun like lunch with a friend or a field trip with your child
- If my day is going to be having to walk out the door at a specific time for a client or appointment, I have to use my time wisely. I use a reverse timeline to make sure that I am dressed head to toe got a lipstick on and my bags packed.
- If I have a home office day, there is a little bit more flexibility
Some people when they look at my calendar, it seems overwhelming, but I’m also ADHD and a little OCD. I don’t say that joking, it’s partly who I am. Over the years instead of lamenting over what I didn’t accomplish. I celebrate my wins even if I just got the check off two things on the list. It’s still progress.
Keep in mind we all have different hats to wear. With my different comes a different category in life, family, and business; factor in a major project or life changing event. I jokingly tell people that if I don’t write water the plants on the list. That chore has delegated to my husband, I like to buy plants are pretty but it’s not always my priority to open up the back door to water all the plants.
If you’d like assistance in getting your calendar and checklist in order or balancing your time, contact me I’d love to help.
Lisa Giesler, Organizing Consultant, Speaker, Author