I’ve always been organised. A bit TOO organised at time. Also, since I’ve been diving into the whole self-care aspect of life, I’ve been SO productive. Of course I have days when I don’t do anything except just be a mum, but then there are other days when I’ll cram it all in and I’ll usually be exhausted but so happy with myself. I know it can be tough to remain productive, and hard getting things done, so I thought I’d help you out with some of my own tips and tricks!
1. Get up 30 minutes earlier.
Okay, so it’s not like we struggle with sleep already and want to get as much in as possible. Already it sounds horrible! But trust me. I’m not saying go straight into waking up 30 minutes earlier than you usually would. Ease yourself into it. I’ve only been doing this since Harlow has been in a good routine and it’s great. I wake Harlow up at 7am every morning (unless she decides to wake up before that), but I get up at 6:30am. I go downstairs, watch a Youtube video, make myself a coffee and have some toast. I’ll then get dressed, wash my face and brush my teeth. I’ve found the best way to wake up is to drink water.
2. Set up direct debits.
I have made it my goal this year to keep up with my finances and really sort it out. As I’ve been living alone for so long, I did get into the habit of buying things I really didn’t need. So, I opened up a savings account and when I have any money in my account that I know I’ll probably take out and spend, I put it in my savings account which means I have to then travel all the way into town to withdraw anything. I also set up every payment (unless I can’t) to be direct debit on the same day. I then know that when I look at my bank balance the following day, I have exactly the amount I’ll have until my next pay day to spend on things I need.
3. Food shopping online.
I’ve been doing my food shop online for about 3 years. It is honestly so much easier. All you need to do is make sure you’re home for the time you’ve ordered it for. My favourite shop is Asda. I don’t know why but I’ve been shopping there for years, and I love it.
4. Never forget families birthdays.
I’ve got my family’s birthdays in my calender in my phone, but I have the reminder on for a week before so I can get a card and present posted ready for their actual birthday. You’ll literally be organised all year around.
5. Prepare yourself.
Every night I’ll get Harlow’s clothes ready and put them at the end of her bed. I’ll have her nappy, wipes, cream and speakers (she loves listening to music) for when she wakes up. I’ll also make sure that my things are ready for when I go back upstairs to wake Harlow up. I also always make sure that I’ve cleaned the kitchen and living room the night before and get my coffee cup and plate out ready for my drink and toast!
6. Make a list.
Always. One of my favourite things to do is to make lists. Whether on my phone, or paper. Just so I have something to go off and follow. Then tick once I’ve completed it! Just take a few moments before you go to bed so you have something ready for when you wake up.