Struggling with your schedule and lack of time to get things done is often a struggle. Episode 69 of The Intentional Edit Podcast is full of time management tips and strategies that will help you start organizing and improve your schedule for long-term benefits.
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Struggling with your schedule and lack of time to get things done is often a big stressor episode. 69 of the intentional edit podcast is a tip Tuesday episode where I will be answering a listener question. This episode is full of time management tips and strategies that will help you start organizing and improve your schedule for long term benefits. It’s time to stop making excuses and finally get your schedule in order. Hey friends, quick tips that make a big impact in your daily life are my favorite ways to implement systems around the house. I’ve been sharing easy strategies and my go-to organizing products for tip Tuesday on the intentional at Instagram feed for a few years. Now I’m excited to bring it to the podcast with short episodes, answering your questions every Tuesday. If you want me to answer your questions, go to the podcast page on intentional, edit.com and submit your questions there.
Let’s get started on this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast. Hey friends, thank you so much for joining me for another episode of the intentional edit podcast. It’s a tip Tuesday episode, and I’m going to answer a listener question today. But before I start with that, I want to remind you that if you have not joined the Facebook group, go over there and search for the group it’s called declutter organize and create systems to simplify your home and life. Send me a message on there, or ask a question, let me know what you are struggling with right now. What help you want with in terms of creating systems or routines in your home, what you’re struggling with in terms of decluttering or getting organized. And let’s get a conversation going over in the intentional edit podcast community, which is the Facebook group called declutter organize and create systems to simplify your home and life.
We can kind of chit chat back and forth over there and work some of these things out. And what I’m really looking for is if you have things that you want me to cover in future podcast episodes, I’m a planning content for the fall, and I wanna know what you want to know. So head over to the Facebook group or go to the podcast description and you can click on a link that will take you to that group right there. Make sure you introduce yourself with just a simple post. Let me know where you are coming from. Where do you live and what are you struggling with right now? So I can cover those topics in future tip Tuesday episodes. I hope to see you over there in that community. It can be common to struggle with time management and feeling like there are too many things to get done in a day or a week or a month or a year.
There’s always too much to do. You might feel like you’re always struggling or you feel like you are constantly behind the to-do list is too long and it makes you feel chaotic. And like you’re not very organized because you’re overwhelmed by your schedule. I have questions similar to this one often, and this is something that I dive into in coaching sessions, because we can zone in and identify the parts in your day where you actually have some time or you can fit things in so that you have time to spend with your family. And you have time to spend doing things that you want to do, creating a life that you want to be living, that you are enjoying every single day. Coaching sessions are amazing because I can focus in on your specific schedule and we get in deep in that together and come up with a plan for specifically what is going on in your life with your schedule and the demands you have on you right now.
But let’s see what this listener asked me for this question. The question that came in said my desire is to be organized and have a good schedule, but I’m terrible at figuring out out a good schedule and never know how to get started because it takes up so much time. I know that in the long run it helps. How do I start and keep going with organizing and getting a better schedule. There are so many pieces to that that we could go in. So I’m gonna go in a very basic direction with time management and what your calendar looks like. What is on your calendar? What is taking up the time in your schedule? Because scheduling and being organized. Yes, they can go hand in hand, but if you’re talking about organizing physical things, that it would, we would go down a totally different direction.
If your frustration is coming with your schedule, you’re tear, you’re saying you’re terrible at figuring out a good schedule. So that shows me that you probably have some flexibility in what you’re doing. The first thing I want you to do, if this sounds like you, if you are struggling with how to make a better schedule for yourself, you feel like you are being wasteful with your time, or you’re not using your time wisely, or you feel like you have too much to do. There are too many things on your two day list and you’re always behind. You’re always scrambling to get things done. Go ahead and follow these tips that I’m going to tell you. The first thing I want you to do is take inventory of the non-negotiables in your life. What are the things that you have committed to this could be work, school classes, activities, volunteering, things that you have committed to in this season of life and get a piece of paper out, divide it up into the days of the week, all seven days and fill in your schedule.
If you work from eight to five, Monday through Friday, fill that in with work time. If it takes you 45 minutes to get there and you leave the house at 7:00 AM, put that on the list. If you drop the kids off before that, and that takes 20 minutes, then back it up 20 minutes, put that on there. Every single thing that you do that you don’t have control over those times, fill that in. So you’re gonna do this for each of the week. And then once you have that done with your schedule and anyone in your family, that you are responsible for getting them places or responsible for anything that has to do with their schedules, even if you don’t participate in those activities, but school drop off. Or if you have kids at home and some kids at school, only certain days a week, the people that are involved in your life, usually your family members, what they’re doing all that also affects your schedule.
So if you have two kids in school and one, not in school at a certain time, the one that is not in school, you can make appointments for, do activities for maybe enroll in a class or something like that. When the others are in school and you just have that one, I’m not gonna get into the very details of that, of like those specific things. But I want you to think about that. So you have this piece of paper you wrote out every day of the week and you fill in everyone’s schedule on there that affects your schedule. And then you are going to make a list, jot down on another piece of paper or someplace else on that paper, all of the things that you need to do in a week or things that are tasks around the house, things that need to be done, because we can’t overcommit so much that we are never at home to do laundry or restock their groceries.
We don’t have time to groceries shop or pick up a grocery order or things like that. All of these things take time. They’re manageable and perfectly doable for a family to get done in a week. If you’re using your time wisely. And we don’t want to become a person that is so dependent on the calendar and the schedule, because we are so booked up downtime and time to just relax and be, and enjoy and not have things planned allows you to have time to be creative. It allows you to rest. It allows you to connect with your family and it’s so, so, so beneficial. You don’t want to fill up every single minute of every day. You wanna have downtime things take longer than you expect a lot of the time. So having extra minutes in the day or the days of the week will help you.
And it’s like a cushion so that you can get things done. And if you are all caught up and you don’t need that time, then that just means more time for something that you enjoy more time to rest, more time to spend together. More time to just relax and be an Explorer. Maybe play a game, do a project, something simple. That’s not planned out. I’m talking about the very basics of what you’re doing when you’re trying to figure out your schedule. So you have the, the framework, you know what is on there. Now you have your list of tasks, take the tasks and fill them in where it makes sense. Laundry is something that some, that people always struggle with. They’re always complaining about laundry. What can I do to get my laundry situation under control? Plug it in depending on the size of your family, doing a load of laundry or maybe two loads of laundry every single day will keep you caught up.
Where can you plug these things in? Where do you have time to do just a little general cleaning? Do you have time, 10 minutes a night where everyone can do chores. Plug that in 10 minutes, a night, chore time. How many nights a week is everyone home or most of the family home? Can you make dinner on these nights? When you do this, you can see what is realistic. How many nights a week can you cook dinner at home and have homemade meals at home? These are the things that you can plug in. What do your weekends look like? Are they GM packed from one thing to another? Is it possible for you to have a family a night or go out to eat or go to birthday parties or things like that, depending on your schedule, it might be. It might not be once you have your list of requirements filled in for the week and you have plugged in your tasks and the things that need to happen for your family to function, take a look at your priorities.
What are your priorities? What do you want to be doing? And then you know what to start saying no to, if you’re asked to volunteer for committees or make things or bring food to different events or invited to things that don’t align with your priorities, you can start politely declining. You can start saying no, and this will free up time in your schedule. It allows you to have time to do more things that you want to be doing. And when you have more free time and when your priorities are aligning your stress level decreases and you feel better and you can be more content in the minutes where you don’t have anything planned and soak it in and enjoy those moments. Because we do live in a time where we are busy and we have a lot of commitments and even kids with sports and activities and school schedules and all of that things are happening again.
And calendars are booked. Don’t forget how important down a time is. Give yourself time to live a life that is full of the things that are important to you, where you can be intentional and you have your priorities figured out. So you’re living a life that aligns with your priorities. It’s not going to look the same as your relatives or your neighbors or anything like that. You don’t need to compare if it feels good for you, and it’s a priority for your family, that’s what you are working towards to have a schedule that looks good and feels good for you and for your family in the long run, getting your schedule under control and your calendar under control is going to help you long term. Of course, there are so many more components of this. If you want me to dive in and figure out a schedule with what is going on in your family, book, a coaching session with me, and we can go deep into this and really get into all the details of what will work for your family.
And then come up with systems and solutions. So to plug in at different times of the day, so that you can become efficient and proficient with the tasks that need to be done. So the things that have to be done can start taking up less time. And the things that you want to be doing can start taking up more time. So you’re enjoying more and you are stressing and doing those tasks that need to happen less. It’s taking you less time because you create good systems and routines around those. That is all I have to say today about getting organized and a little bit of some time management tips in there to really get your schedule under control, improve your schedule so that you can start feeling like you have your schedule. It’s organized and you can start seeing some long term benefits for it.
Those are the basics. There’s a whole lot more, I would love to get into with you. If you wanna work with me one on one, click on the link for a coaching session, book, a coaching session, and we can work together and figure out what your schedule looks like, how you can make it simpler for your family and how we can create systems and routines that work around a personalized schedule for you so that you can simplify life and make things easier. Thank you so much for listening to another tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast. I will meet you back here later in the week. For another episode, if you haven’t joined our Facebook group yet, make sure you do that. You can click on the link in the podcast description or head over to Facebook and search for depl organize and create systems to simplify your home and life, join our community and make a post. Tell me where you are living and what one of your struggles are or what you’re wanting to learn more about in terms of creating systems, creating routines, establishing those things in your home or decluttering, or just anything with organization I’m happy to help you. And let’s get that conversation going over there. I’ll meet you back here next week. For another episode of the intentional edit podcast,
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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life. Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority. While trends come and go organization is always in style!
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