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This blog is my own little version of organization central. We touch on just about every aspect of home, family, and holiday organization here. It is my hope that by blogging my experiences, I can grow as an individual and perhaps inspire others to try new things and think about everyday life a little differently. So please join us in organizing for life every month of the year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

December Update

December is proving to be a challenging month as far as "staying on schedule." My daily schedule keeps getting interrupted with Christmas events, illness, or other spur of the moment stumbling blocks. Sometimes I have to talk myself down from the ledge.
In reality though, I'm better able to "roll with the punches" because of all the groundwork I've laid before December.  It's not perfect. Is anything ever perfect? 

Here are some tips for staying on track.

1. Don't make your list TOO long. A daily to do list that's unmanageable is frustrating and ends up being counterproductive.

2. Squeeze in small tasks when time allows. Wipe the sink and countertops. Sort mail. Clean one shelf of the fridge. None of these take a lot of time. Grab a wash cloth and do one quickly first thing in the morning.

3. STOP thinking about big tasks like cleaning out the closet or cleaning under the bed, Those have been messy for quite some time so waiting until after Christmas isn't going to rock the world and it might save your sanity.

4. Create a STOP time. Yes your day should "end". Try to get the priorities out of the way earlier in the day/evening and set a time for when you are done. You want to enjoy the holiday season not just work frantically through it.
This month should be a time of celebration.  No one will remember a few dirty dishes in the sink but they will remember playing Christmas games.

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