Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Organize Me!

So… some of you may remember this Facebook Status from Monday:

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Since I got several comments inquiring as to “how” and asking for help, I thought I’d unpack that status a little more here.

The first thing we did (and I did this a while back, but was neglecting to use it) was log in to My Fitness Pal.  This is an EASY and FREE online tool to help you keep track of weight loss goals.  If you don’t have one I strongly suggest you sign up. Like I said, it’s a VERY EASY way to track your calories for the day, as well as log in exercise and water consumption.  Their data base includes almost any food you can think of, and if you have a smart phone, you can just scan the bar code of the food from your pantry, and enter data that way.  HOW EASY IS THAT!?!?!  It also has a forum and “friends” to help  keep you accountable.  I even made this cool ticker to help motivate me to keep on keepin’ on!!  Oh, and did I mention how EASY this app is to use?? ;-)

2lbs Lost

Next, we opened up Google Calendar, and began working on my schedule.  Knowing I won’t get my workouts in unless I a) schedule them and b) do them first thing in the morning, that was the first item I blocked off my calendar.  Monday thru Friday.  8:30 to 9:30 AM.  No exceptions!  (Yes, Mrs. Phebe, I also scheduled BIBLE STUDY starting next week!!) ;-)

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I also used tools from Housewife How-Tos to help me get my “Fall Cleaning” planned and scheduled on my calendar.  (I tweaked things a bit to keep them simpler for me, but this was the ultimate guide).  I recommend printing out the following check-lists as well, so that you streamline everything when you schedule your cleaning.

Daily Tidy Up Routine

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Routine

Weekly Living/Family Room Cleaning Routine

Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Routine

Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine

Weekly Kids Bedroom Cleaning Routine (Great tool for teaching your kids what you mean when you say “clean your room”! I am going to put them in sheet protectors and use expo markers for the kids to check off each week.)

I actually scheduled these (using the Fall Cleaning Chart mentioned above) into my Google Calendar.  Not only do I get my "Daily Agenda” emailed to me every morning, but if I “set reminders” I can get alerts on my phone, too.  (Otters like me need LOTS of guiding and motivation, or else we will get distracted and want to play!)

Another great tool that Chris uses, and has introduced me to, is WunderList.Com (there is also an app for your phone, just check the site).  Here I can schedule items on my To-Do list, and set reminders so I won’t forget and actually get them done.  Yes, you can even name your lists (like “Grocery” below) and then you can check items off on your smartphone! That’s wonderful for people like me who get all the way to Bi-Lo and then realize I left my shopping list on the kitchen table! ;-)

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I am a list maker, and the teacher in me loves paper and pen (colored ones, preferably!) so it was a little hard for me to go all “techno” with my organization.  But the MAJOR plus, is that I don’t have to keep up with a bunch of separate lists, journals, notebooks, etc… it’s all right here on my computer (and also linked to my phone via apps) so everything is in one neat and tidy place, and I won’t lose them!!

Maybe you’re like me, and you need a nudge into organizing.  Really, it’s the first step in productivity. And who doesn’t like that awesome feeling of accomplishment?!?!

Now, it’s time for me to quit blogging about it, and actually go…

Git ‘er done!!

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1 comment:

  1. Hey! Thanks for these tips! I'm signed up for wunderlist now and hopefully that will keep me on task with household duties. Got any tips for budgeting and couponing? Christmas is RIGHT around the corner so we will be pinching pennies for a while!

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