I’ve never realized how difficult it is to establish an effective system for delegating day-to-day tasks—until I actually tried implementing one.
There are so many different ways to organize daily life, it can be confusing trying to figure out where to start.
After numerous trial and error attempts, I think I’ve finally found a system that works for me. Here are some basic tips on how to create a system that works for you.
Organization is an essential part of our personal & professional lives.
I find that when I take the time in the morning to write everything down that I need to accomplish, it’s a thousand times easier to actually get it done because I’ve already laid out the groundwork.
Creating a system also helps me in my quest at establishing a positive work-life balance. This generation puts so much pressure on “doing what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”.
But it takes time to figure that out. And a clear head in the process.
Tools & Resources
These are the things I use to keep myself on track every day.
The Super Simple System I Use To Organize Daily Life
It’s not exactly rocket science, but sometimes we just need a little boost to get started. Try this super simple system, and if it doesn’t work, try something else. Life changes, which is why sometimes the things that used to work for us, don’t work as well anymore. It’s never too late to try something new.
Step 1. Plan your day first thing in the morning
When I wake up in the morning, my brain is instantly cluttered with things that I need to get done. The best way to organize all of this clutter is to sit down at my desk with my planner and write out just three things that I plan to get done that day.
I say only three, because I read somewhere recently that suggested to start with three tasks each day, so that you don’t get overwhelmed looking at all the other stuff.
It makes a lot of sense, so I’ve started testing it out. Once I complete my three tasks, I can add more or call it a day—depending on how I’m feeling.
Step 2. Check off items as you complete them
There’s something so gratifying about being able to check something off of a to-do list. I used to have a daily schedule and a to-do list, but I had trouble keeping up with it day after day and decided to simplify my life. Now, my planner acts as a schedule and a to-do list all in one, and it’s so much easier to keep up with.
Step 3. Prepare for tomorrow, TODAY.
I absolutely hate that time around four in the afternoon when I realize that I forgot to take something out for dinner that night. It’s one of the reasons that I find myself scrambling every night to find something that I don’t have to thaw to cook.
A few months back I purchased Lauren Greutman’s 20 Slow Cooker “Dump” Meals for $150 at Aldi. I was sick of the struggle and willing to pay $5 to try something new.
Long story short, my first dump meal experience was long, but it was a success. We’ve gone through all of the meals now and figured out which ones we liked and didn’t like. I’ll definitely be purchasing another book of Lauren’s in search of more dump meals to add to our repertoire.
Step 4. Make a personal calendar
Last but not least, you need to have a calendar that you use every day. I use Google Calendar because I like the sleek look, versatility and ability to interact with my Gmail account.
Add appointments, meetings, family outings, activities, meals, parties and anything else you need to remember. Knowing what activities are scheduled for the week prevents me from over booking myself.
Speaking of which, I found this quote in a college textbook of mine a few years back:
“The point of planning isn’t to load your schedule with obligations. It’s about getting the important things done and still having time to be human.”
-Ellis, Dave. “Becoming A Master Student.” 2015-
With that, I’ll let you get back to the rest of your day.
Talk to you soon,
How do you keep yourself on track from day-to-day? Let me know in the comment section below!