Systems for Success

by | Apr 17, 2023 | Personal Development

Do you feel like you spend your day scrambling to get things done? If you find yourself unorganized, stressed, and overwhelmed, you likely need some new systems in place. Finding the routines, helpful hacks, and systemized strategies that work for you will get your day, month, year, and life—back on track. Read on as we offer advice for finding order in your daily chaos.  

Establish Good Habits 

Healthy habits are routines that you stick to every day. These include waking up early enough to complete your habits, and not letting distractions get you off course. Quiet morning reading, taking your vitamins, and getting in some exercise every day are all wonderful ways to set yourself up for success. If you know you’re going to have a busy morning, get in the habit of laying out your clothes ahead of time and showering the night before, so you’re less rushed when your alarm goes off. What other steps can you take to ensure your morning goes more smoothly? Consider setting a timer on the coffee pot, so your hot cup of java is ready when you wake up. Packing your lunch the night before can also give you a few extra moments of calm in the morning.  

Organize Your Home 

If everything has a place, it’s so much easier to keep your home clean, organized, and efficient. Periodically clear out your utensil drawer, for instance, and ensure there’s a designated spot for each spoon, knife, and fork. Gather the books from around your entire home. Then, organize them by a theme that makes sense for you and your family. This might mean by size of book, by author, by subject matter, by reading-level—whatever works best for you. Next, make it a habit (see previous paragraph if you need a reminder) to place them back on the shelf after reading. Try not to have more than two books going at a time so that your nightstand stays organized, and your brain doesn’t get overwhelmed. Downloading books onto your phone or iPad™ could also reduce physical clutter.  

Clothes take up a lot of storage in our home and make everything messy if not kept tidy. Go through your closet and group like-clothing together: shorts, dress shirts, t-shirts, etc., so that you can find anything at a glance. (Bonus points for arranging the items within each category in rainbow order). Within your drawers, find a folding system that works for you, so that you don’t make a mess every time you take something out. You want a system that’s quickly and easily replicated so there are no excuses for not putting items back where they belong. One way to keep outfits together, which works especially well for kids’ clothes and pajamas, is by making a clothing burrito. This method allows you to tuck a shirt or pants in on itself so it doesn’t unravel. Ever find yourself wasting time tracking down which unicorn leggings go with your daughter’s favorite unicorn top? Save time by burrito rolling the two pieces together so they’re already matched up. done   

Prep Your Meals 

Earlier, we mentioned the helpful habit of packing your lunch in advance. But what goes in your lunch? And, what will you have for dinner when you arrive home late that evening? Here’s where meal prep comes in. Find an open afternoon and schedule time to buy, cook, and organize your meals for the week. This’ll save you so much time! Buy your staples, such as rice, quinoa, and couscous, in bulk. Then cook your protein: chicken, beef, and tofu will hold up well through the week. Next, sauté your favorite veggies (broccoli, carrots, and corn work well here). Mix and match your ingredients and add a different sauce each day for variety (we love teriyaki, barbecue, and pesto). After batch-prepping for the entire week, you’ll be amazed at how much time (and stress) you save!  

Get a Planner 

You may have tried using a planner before but weren’t able to stick with it. Try again! Finding a planner that works for you is a game-changer. Outlining your plans for the day, the week, the month, and the year makes a tremendous difference in your ability to stay organized, productive, and excited about what’s to come. You might prefer an electronic app, a pocket planner you can carry around, or something you hang on the wall in your family room. Taking your to-dos out of your head and putting them in writing is incredibly beneficial.   

All Systems Go 

It’s been said that “A dream without a plan is just a wish.” While there might not be any shortcuts to achieving your goals, with the right systems in place, you can find success more strategically. Even if you’re only able to enact a few of these ideas, they’re sure to make an impact on your efficiency and overall productivity. So, stop reading and get busy implementing the methods that work for you!  

If you need a little extra energy as you get your systems in place, grab a vitamin-rich XS! If coffee is more your style, get some fresh ideas on mixing up your routine here.