Sunday, 18 January 2015

Five tips to help make a busy life more manageable

Life is busy. Everyone is busy. I don't necessarily agree with this lifestyle, but it seems to be the 'cool' thing to do. Scheduling time with friends can take months; having time to yourself is a novelty, and on top of work, health, family and friends, you sill have to make time to manage day-to-day activities. Pinterest crafts? Forget about it. Who has the time, right? But if you want to effortlessly make your way through each day without running around frantically looking for something or being late for every occasion, here are five tips to help keep your head above water and make it look like you really have your shit together:

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1) Load up on some essentials

 And by essentials, I mean blank cards, gift bags, and tissue paper.

Chances are, you are always going to be giving gifts. Why? Because people don't stop having babies, birthdays or showers. Buy these three essential things in neutral colours and keep them in a closet. You'll save time and money.

2) Do a little bit of laundry each day, or as necessary

I'm not suggesting you wash an item the day it gets thrown in the laundry basket. What I mean is, if there's enough clothes for one load of laundry then toss them in the wash. This chore is much easier to manage if you stay on top of it. Plus, it's one that can be done as you do other things around the house, maximizing on your time, and you'll never be scrounging through your closet looking for a cute outfit.

3) Set a day aside to cook meals and then freeze them

This take a little bit of commitment but trust me, it's totally worth it. There' nothing worse then having no food for lunch when you have a busy at the office and can't sneak away to get a sandwich. Or when you're pressed for time and can't sit down for supper or - worse yet - you have unexpected company and nothing made to feed them.

It's very convenient to have a frozen lasagna, shepherd's pie, chili...or anything, really, to eat when you're in a bind and didn't have the time or resources to prepare a meal.

4) Stop washing your hair everyday

This is the biggest time saver EVER. I don't know about you, but washing, drying and styling my hair can sometimes take over an hour. When you train your hair to stop needing to be shampooed every day, you save a lot of time. Not to mention all the fun, cute, experimental hair styles you get to play with!

Read my post about to stop washing your hair everyday.

5) Use a planner or calendar

I know this sounds like an obvious one, but it's key to keeping your life organized. Put everything in your calendar - whether it be in your phone calendar, or a pocket calendar in your purse - write it down. If you have to do it, I repeat: write it down. Not only will typing/writing something help keep it fresh in your memory, but you can check in with it everyday to help manage your roles and expectations. And when I say make note of everything, I mean everything. Write down grocery lists, wish lists and to-do lists. Are you supposed to phone someone back? Write it down.

It's easy to forget the little things in today's fast-paced world, but you never know what it could mean to someone if you remember the little things. I find that doing these things helps keep me organized, making my life seem just a little less hectic.

What do you to do stay on top of things? Any tips to share for making your life more manageable? I'd love to hear them :)

Thanks for reading,
Lisa