5 life planning tips to stay on top of things

February 20, 2019

I don’t know about you, but everyday is pretty “go go go” for me. I don’t really have time to stop and think so I need my days to be pretty organized. I’m no Monica, but I’m definitely not a Phoebe either. I’m a healthy in-between, I guess. Over the years I’ve perfected my everyday routine to limit time waste and forgetfulness.

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Tip n°1: Prep the night before

I am not a morning person. I don’t have the best sleep so it means that morning can be rough. To make sure I don’t forget an essential step, my morning routine is pretty much the same every day. I wake up, do my skincare, get my lunch bag ready, cook breakfast, eat breakfast, brush my teeth and hair, get dressed, put my makeup on and get out the door.

A big time-saver for me is to prepare the night before. After my shower, I think about what outfit I’m going to wear the next day and get that out on the bed in our second bedroom where I get ready. Same for my workout clothes, I get them and put them in my gym bag the night before to make sure I don’t forget anything essential. When it comes to breakfast, I eat the same thing everyday so after after dinner I set everything ready: a saucepan, spatula, and measure; oats, cinnamon, agave nectar, chia seeds and peanut butter. It saves me so much time in the morning.

Tip n°2 : Plan your week

I’m a big believer that if something is written down or at least planned in your head, you’ll do it. I do three workouts during the week and so far, I’ve only missed a workout once, last week, because I was too tired from being sick. Because I know I have it planned, it’s part of my schedule and I know how to organize my day accordingly. For example, I know I go to a butt/ab/thigh workout on Tuesday night, so on Monday I always cook enough to have leftovers for Tuesday lunch and Wednesday lunch (we usually eat soup on those nights). I know where I’m at so I never forget to do something essential.

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Tip n°3: List it down

love lists. They are the ultimate practical way not to forget to do something. I write lists as work to know what needs to be done, I have one on my phone for grocery shopping and I have a few blogging-lists such as blogpost ideas and a “to-do” list. I link my phone and laptop so they synchronize and can tick things off as I go. Especially for blogging, it comes in so handy to tick things off from everywhere.

Tip n°4: Save it up

I have an entire blogpost on how to budget plan, but I need to mention it here. I’ve always been taught to save and spend mindfully. When I started having to deal with money I automatically started saving money. Oh don’t let it fool you, I still treat myself (hello Sephora and H&M), it’s actually part of how I budget. I make sure each month to save a certain amount of money and to allocate some for treats. You can read the entire post to learn more about it.

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Tip n°5: Plan time off

You’re only human! If I don’t get some time off at night and at the weekend, I’ll very quickly start to burn off. I need some time to watch Friends, you guys. When I started working back in November, I knew it would be essential for me to actually schedule my time off. Working on my blog and social media at the same time as working nearly 40-hour weeks mean I find it difficult to switch off. So I decided I would stop working on my blog after 9p.m. (if possible), and after 3p.m. on Sundays. There, it’s written down so I have to do it.

What are some of your planning tips to stay on top of everything? 

One response to “5 life planning tips to stay on top of things”

  1. Kashia says:

    Planning is very important in my life. I am a very busy person as well!

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