One of my resolutions for this year is to get organized, and for me that means planning out, scheduling, and balancing my work and household life. I’m self-employed and I work from home for three days a week. But I often find my home chores blending into my work days, and my work life falling into my family life – and it becomes a confusing, busy mess.
When my life becomes hectic, and work blends with blogging and with my home life, my anxiety starts creeping in and I become someone that I don’t want to be. I get short with my kids and my husband, my house isn’t the place where I want to relax and cook for my family, and I become unhappy. everyone
Knowing this, I knew I needed to make a change this year. Getting organized is HUGE for me, because I’m quite a Type-A personality, when things don’t go according to plan, I also get pissed off at the world around me. This year, scheduling and planning, along with the knowledge that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and things don’t always go according to plan, but can be adjusted to work just the same – this will all help me get organized and get a better handle on my work/life/family balance.
To create your own personalized life management binder, first you have to take a look at where you need the most help, or what stresses you out most in your life. For me, it was easy to pinpoint exactly what bothered me. If I didn’t have dinner planned out, it would be a constant nagging in the back of my mind to figure out what to make. If my house was a mess, I had difficulty focusing on working or blogging. My blogging schedule often became hectic based on what was going on in my life as well. And working at home is supposed to be the priority, always, however when my house was a mess and blogging became busy, it was difficult to focus on working.
See the crazy unbalanced cycle I was living in? I had to change something, or I would lose my sanity. After I pinpointed out the problems, I started searching for Household Management Binders and how to schedule blog posts – Pinterest has a large variety of results for both of these. I finally figured out that I just need an “all-in-one” solution.
I discovered Eliza Ellis’ Home Organizers, which she aptly titled “It’s a Beautiful Life”. These beautiful and free printable come in four different colours, and there are tons and tons of printable to choose from. She has created daily, weekly, and monthly planners, as well as a variety of lists, back to school planners, crafting planners, recipe and food lists, home lists and finance budgets.
Using her free printables in Orchid, I created my life management binder to suit my needs. My love of To Do Lists knows no bounds, and they are extremely useful for me. I love writing out my list of things to get done for the next day, and the satisfaction of crossing off each finished task makes my heart shine. Silly, isn’t it? I also use her weekly dinner planner, a housework checklist to help remind me of tasks to get done, and a chore list for my kid.
My blogging schedule is very simple, which is perfect for me. I use a monthly calendar to plot out my blog posts, based on variety of posts and any applicable deadlines. I just started using it so I’m still getting the hang of scheduling my blog posts, but I plan them out in the “Notes” section, where I write out ideas, paragraphs, and lines that will help me organize my blogging. I also printed out the Habits worksheet, as well as a monthly budget to help me keep track of my finances.
I used a simple binder and dividers that I had on hand, and printed off the sheets at a local printer. I find it’s such a relief to open up my binder and have things planned out for me. Obviously, I’ve had to add planning time to my schedule, which I usually do first thing in the morning as well as before bed. It keeps my mind clear of all the things I have to do but don’t want to forget.
Everything you see was created by Eliza Ellis, and she offers these printable and more on her website. Do you keep a home management binder? If you blog, do you schedule your blog posts? I’m hoping this will help me keep organized for this upcoming year, which will be super busy for me!