The Benefits of Being Organized
How Organization and Routines Help Your Day
Before kids, I pretty much went with the flow of things. I can admit, this caused me to miss some events, due dates, minor things I just wish I had remembered to do. After having kids, I’ve found organization and routines to be absolutely essential. Knowing what the day will bring, where the kids will be, having a basic schedule- helps us all. Yes, there are changes and fluctuations but it’s a basic guide. It is amazing how being organized and creating a routine can help you day and save you time.
The kids are 4 & 7 now, and when things get thrown out of routine it makes a difference in their behaviors and the domino effect begins. I’ll be honest, I worried a little that maybe it was something I had done but in speaking to a teacher they were mentioning how their class overall was really good. “However, when something comes up and throws off our schedule… if I don’t bring it back in chaos starts” the teacher said with a laugh. I was silently thankful that it wasn’t just my kids that handled life better with a routine. This guide from Vanderbilt gives a great explanation and examples on kids and classroom routinesYou will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. — John C. Maxwell #routines #benefits Click To Tweet
When you think about it, even without kids- we tend to work better when we know what to expect and what is expected of us. We accomplish more task and goals when we know what those items are. Don’t belive me? Check out this article from Bustle. It’s not about being “tied down” to something it is more so about getting thing things you want done and creating free time for yourself. One of my favorite tools to use to keep track of my schedule and important dates is the Cozi app. There is a free version which works great.
You can set up everyone’s schedule so it shows up in one place. Dance practice on Tuesdays, soccer on Saturdays, doctor’s appointments, money due for a field trip- anything. You can break it up under each kid. If you need a reminder or need to remind Dad to pick up the kids he can access Cozi on his device as well and get notifications and updates.
You can also set up things like to do list, shopping list, store recipes, and create a family journal.
Life gets busy. It’s easy to forget the little things and Cozi helps keep track of that so that you aren’t missing something. You can color code individuals too, making it easy and fun to keep up with who is where and what is going on. It can make it difficult when everyone has different calendars and Cozi condenses it into one to keep up with that can send you reminders to your phone or email.
What Are The Benefits Of Being Organized?
- Makes you more efficient
You know exactly what task you need to complete without having to try to remember or think about what to do next.
- Creates Structure
It provides structure and sequence to your life. It is a framework in how your daily activities are conducted so you are confident in the flow of each day. This doesn’t mean things won’t change, or unexpected events won’t pop up- it just gives you a road map for your day.
- Saves You Time and Reduces The Need To Plan
When you have a routine it frees up time that you would spend on planning, decision making, and preparing. Instead of spending 45 minutes at the start of your day trying to figure out what the day holds you have an idea already so you start “doing” right away.
- Builds Self Confidence
As you stick to your routine and start to see the accomplishments and balancing out your day it will make you feel more confident in your abilities.
- Keeps Track Of Success
It’s difficult to stop and think about all the things you did right. It’s much easier to focus on what you forgot. When you have a routine schedule you can easily look and see what you did right, how much you got done, and feel better for it.