Organizational Habits 101.


I tend to be “all or nothing” when it comes to getting organized. What are some simple things I can do every day to help me stay on top of the important things?


Resting easy once you’ve done a “deep clean” and gotten really organized only leads to the return of the mess that had you feeling so frenzied in the first place. The best way to combat the ebb and flow of organizational chaos is to establish some simple habits that will keep things stable without feeling like you’re constantly battling to keep your life together. Here are a few good habits that will get you on your way to living an organized life.


Take a Commercial Break. On evenings when the family is all together watching TV, take the time during commercial breaks to tidy up one room of the house. You will be amazed what a few people can accomplish in just two minutes and two seconds!


Write the Family Calendar for the Week. Sit down with your family after dinner on Sunday to discuss people’s plans for the week. This way you can plan in advance with your spouse about coordinating rides for your children. If there is an open evening, have your child bring a friend home or plan a fun family outing.


Set up a Mail Center. Create a system with an area for all in coming mail. First, get rid of all that junk mail! Keep a stylish trash can beside your mail center. Then set up a mail depot with different one slot for bills, one for correspondence and a third for miscellaneous items.


Set Aside File Time. It’s far too easy to let well-ordered files get backlogged, thus creating the need to start all over again. By setting aside a specific time each week to sort and file new documents (and shred outdated ones) you can keep your personal information organized and up to date.


just make one personal phone call a day. I choose when my son is in the tub. I know I have at leat 20 minutes to talk while still being aware of him in the tub(he does his thing I do mine). that covers 7 people a week (if you can get them to bathe daily :)


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As a busy mom, room parent and entrepreneur (started a Web2.0 company), I completely rely on the Internet for productivity tools. Seriously, without email (Yahoogroups/Googlegroups) and online group calendaring/signup sheets ( there is no way I could meaningfully participate in my child's classroom and try to work.

The other must have is the gym - though only 30 minutes a day, it's just nice to clear my mind pounding the treadmill or sprinting on the elliptical.