How many times have you secretly told yourself you wish you were a better organized working mom?
Do you feel extremely disorganized and unfocused almost to the point of getting insane throughout your day?
Have you, time without number, imagined yourself sitting on top of one massive junk of disarray but not having any clue as to how to step out of the mess?
Would you feel better if only you could take some steps to re-organize your life with more clarity and purpose?
The truth is that it is possible for you to have a super-organized life as a busy mompreneur.
Likewise, it is doable for any other individual hoping to take control of their health and for that matter, their life.
This post is my ultimate guide for you to get out of the confusion in your life right now.
Yes! I want to show you how to become a highly-organized working mom.
The ideas in this post will be equally useful to you even if you don’t fall into the category of working moms in Africa or elsewhere.
So let’s find out quickly how you and I can become the kind of highly-organized individuals we’ve always wanted to be.
1. Live intentionally.
What I mean by this is live by design rather than by default.
Take control of your life by allowing your personal values to shape the goals you set for yourself and the things you do.
Refuse to allow other people’s priorities to become yours as well.
Decide for yourself what you think is best for you. Then plan your day according to that which you desire for yourself.
This is the best way to stay organized in the midst of all the noise around you.
2. Resist the distractions.
You and I know that our world of today is filled with so much noise.
No. I don’t just mean the noise coming from tooting vehicle horns and unbearably loud loudspeakers.
Sure, that also is a big problem. But the noise I’m referring to here is about the rather large volumes of information we come across on a daily basis – thanks to the current rapid advances being made in information technology.
As we get exposed to this tip and that secret, that life hack and this how-to list, this online opportunity and that super-useful money making formula, we begin to feel overwhelmed and disoriented.
Here is one effective antidote you can use to fight this menace of unending distractions.
Take a firm decision to focus on one or a few things. Then ignore the rest.
3. Remain optimistic.
To become a truly organized working mom, you will need to give yourself a massive doze of optimism each moment of the day.
A positive mindset will serve you much better than its opposite.
The discouragements are bound to occur., no two ways about that.
Your employers or clients may ask you to do more than you know you can take.
And when the kids are a bunch of anarchists, they might have already disorganized your day even before you arrived at the office.
But you have nothing to gain by allowing negative emotions to take over. In fact, the more optimistic you are, the better your chances of staying focused on the bottom line.
4. Have a place for everything you will need.
This is a big challenge for me personally.
I often struggle to put my things at places where I can easily locate them any time I need to use them.
However, one happy discovery I’ve made is that, I become a better organized working mom each time I make the effort to designate specific locations for my items.
Now, if this habit of placing things at particular spots in the office or in the home have helped me to become a more organized person, despite my struggles, why wouldn’t it work for you too?
So go ahead and begin to make it work for you too!
5. Automate your processes
Won’t it be a wonderful feeling to know that your office, your small business or your home will surely run on auto-pilot even in your absence?
What about having the peace of mind to focus on the most important tasks, knowing that your children, your students or your employees are capable of doing what needs to be done from their end?
This is exactly what happens when you work to build systems. You will no longer get yourself bogged down by the time-wasting task of micro-managing everything and everybody around you.
Instantly, you will feel a huge burden taken off your shoulder. Because now you know everything is running well without you jumping from one department to another.
6. Declutter from time to time.
There is a popular saying making waves within the so-called minimalism movement currently sweeping across the globe.
In other words, the less you have to take care of, the better organized and more fulfilling your entire life becomes.
The lesson you and I can learn from this simple but powerful saying is this. It pays to get rid of the extras in your life.
And more importantly, there are many things (and even people) that are better out of the way (so to speak) so you can see your way clear and work to add more value to your life and those of your loved ones.
I therefore urge you to take an inventory of your personal belongings, household items, office stationery and indeed, your relationships.
Your next move is to decisively cut out those that tend to subtract rather than add happiness to you.
Here are a few areas worth-considering.
Your large living area
Nagging and parasitic relatives
All these can become a drain on your emotions and your health, you know?
This is because they can get in the way and make you feel disorganized as you try to become more productive.
So what should you do?
Find time to declutter occasionally. Give away what you must. Get rid of the excess and the toxic people in your life.
And, trust me, you will become a more organized individual in the process.
7. Write things down.
Always have a written plan of action in place before you take action.
Writing down your goals and strategies give you a clear sense of direction. You will know exactly where to begin from and where to go next just by referring to your written agenda.
There are many easy ways to do this nowadays.
If you love to write with pen, use pen and paper. The best move here is to get a handy notebook or jotter to record all your observations, ideas, thoughts and inspirations as and when they pop up in your mind.
You can also make use of your smartphone, laptop or any other computing device to set reminders for yourself.
8. Ask for help.
You and I are not superhuman, are we?
So why kill yourself with too much workload for a single day when you can easily ask for a helping hand?
As a mompreneur, you will get super-organized and become more productive if you employ an assistant or simply outsource some of your duties to a freelancer.
Personally, I make it a point to allow other people to execute for me certain functions that are crucial to the success of my career. This is my way of making sure I spend time on the ones I am capable of doing well.
Asking for external help, to me, is a sign of inner strength and good judgement. It is not a sign of weakness as many people consider it to be.
It is what has always made the difference between highly successful career women and their less productive counterparts.
So my point is simply this: if you really want to become a well-organized working mom or individual, stop stressing yourself with too many tasks.
Learn to ask for outside help.
In today’s fast-paced world filled with multitudes of distractions, learning to stay highly-organized in all aspects of life has become more imperative than ever before.
Honestly, you and I have no other option than to also learn how to manage our lives better.
We really need to act fast so we can take full control, not only of our lives, but also of our health.
I strongly believe that if implemented, the above ideas will help you to become a super-organized working mom.
In what other ways have you been organizing your work and life of late? Please, let me know in a comment below.