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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Why Organization is the Key to a Healthy Life

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We've all been there and done that and know we'll have to keep doing it over and over again. Well, I'm talking about the millions of times that we are required to juggle a multitude of tasks and try to create that perfect work and home balance, something that still continues to evade me, to this day.

Okay, so I won't call myself a control freak, but come on, who doesn't like a bit of sanity and some control, right? With the changing pace of life though, that can be quite a difficult one. So it was quite an interesting idea when I got this mail from Mary Brown, from Admire Moms a new online platform where moms can hang out and get a lot of information about various topics that they can relate to, such as parenting, traveling with kids, lifestyle, beauty, fashion, food and more. Mary wanted to share a guest post with us at My Little One And Me and one of the things she wanted to talk about was the importance of organization in our lives, and how it can help us as moms.

So without further ado, here's to Mary.....

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Balancing your job with kids, laundry, cooking, shopping, workout and a fulsome social life can be super stressful. No matter how hard you try, the probability of things piling up is quite high. So, what’s the solution? Just focus on the priorities and ignore the rest.

Challenges And Confrontation
For a mother, the challenges are many - both at home and in office. In between dealing with temper tantrums, sibling rivalry, bullying, bed-wetting, potty training, homework, exams and illnesses, you have to ensure your kids eat properly, sleep well and your home is spick and span. On the work-front, you need to keep up-to-date and stay above par in your field of expertise. Juggling several tasks all at once can burn you out speedily. Being organized seems to be the only solution.

Strategies For Organizing Your Life
Once your organizing tools are all set to take up the challenge, you can begin to formulate strategies to organize your life. A good start would be to de-clutter your office desk, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Just keep in mind four rules to put these spaces in order:

1. Eliminate anything that you don’t need.
2. Sort out the remaining into categories.
3. Arrange them properly.
4. Whenever you pull out something for use be sure to put it back in the same place.

Inculcate Positive Habits
Inculcate some good habits to make sure you don’t lose track.
  • Note down all to-do in a diary and check it often during the day. 
  • Don't leave things until the last minute and always keep extra time for travel and emergencies. 
  • Be realistic while allocating time for finishing off tasks. 
  • Finally, establish a morning and evening routine.
Morning To Evening, Nothing To Miss
Morning:
  • As soon as you get out of bed, tidy up your bedroom. 
  • Spend the next 15 to 30 minutes in cleaning the entire house. You can also delegate the organizing tasks to each member of your family, so you won’t be losing your precious time. 
  • Also remember to keep the workstations, such as sink and dining table, free of clutter.  Don’t allow your laundry or dishes to heap up and keep your home as neat and tidy as you can.
Evening:
  • Back from office, check your diary and make preparations for the next day. 
  • While cooking, cook an extra healthy meal if you have time and freeze it. 
  • Once you’re done with dinner, clean the kitchen area and set up the breakfast table for the morning. 
  • Charge your phone and hang out the clothes you would be wearing the next morning. 
  • Try to sleep on time so that you don’t get up late.
Organizing Office Life
  • Complete all the scheduled tasks for the day. Avoid doing everything on your own, learn to delegate. 
  • Respond to emails as soon as they arrive. 
  • Create a centralized information center that will help you coordinate better with co-workers and minimize the possibilities of conflicts and delay. 
  • Once you are ready to leave office, look back to ensure your desk is tidy and sorted.
Striking A Balance Between Home And Office
  • Keep all your usernames, passwords and other sensitive data safely in one place. 
  • Unsubscribe newsletters, magazines and other subscriptions that are of no use. 
  • Create an inventory for home and avoid over-stocking. Label all stored food and perishables, complete with quantity and expiry date. 
  • Formulate daily, weekly and monthly schedules to establish a routine. 
  • Always have a bucket list for the weekend ready so that you can enjoy yourself to the fullest.
Benefits Of Being Organized
As a mom you have to walk a tightrope while managing home and workplace. However, organizing your different roles will help cut the stress and live a happier and content life. Here are a few ways in which it helps you:
1. Less Stress- As you tend to achieve a balance between home, kids and office, the intensity of stress will inevitably fall down.
2. Greater Productivity- With the reduction of stress, tension and anxiety, your productivity will increase exponentially and you will be able to achieve your goals and targets with ease.
3. Improve Personal And Professional Life- Peace at home and office will play a crucial role in improving your personal and professional life. There will be no more conflicts on tasks that remain undone.
4. Become A Healthier And Happier Person- Lesser conflicts and more appreciation will make you a happier and healthier person.

About the Author: Mary Brown, writer for Admiremoms.com.
Kids are the center of her universe, but Mary still finds time to pursue her hobbies which include crocheting, sewing and gardening. She loves to socialize and dreams of traveling the world. Her work-from-home job not just gives her the sense of accomplishment, but also ample amount of time which she prefers to spend with her children. As a mom and lady of the house, Mary knows the challenges a woman faces while shouldering both these responsibilities competently. Through her writings, she intends to inspire women to live a more fulfilling life where, apart from being a mother and wife, they have a unique identity of their own.

Admire moms is a platform for creative and innovative mothers to have a safe space to collaborate on what matters most to them. It is a place for women and mothers to hangout, share advice and have fun. Additionally, it is a platform in which moms can inspire others! Our mission is to unlock creativity by teaching, inspiring, and supporting our community while connecting our readers with products and ideas to inspire your daily life.

- Debolina Raja

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones....

- Debolina Raja
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