Don't rely on your brain, write shit down!


To me, being productive requires organization. Being organized means planning. Having a solid plan for the week takes away a lot of my stress.


Time management gives me clarity and keeps me motivated to work towards my goals. When I am very intentional about what my day looks like, it buys me extra time in my day.


Here are a few tips:

I write everything down, let me repeat, I DO NOT rely on my brain to remember anything. I have a paper calendar that I carry everywhere and use my planning template (get it here).


These tools help me to organize everything from when I am going to get physical activity to what family member has upcoming appointments. It is all in one place and I take it one day at a time.


I do not procrastinate; I recognize that the thought of doing certain tasks is worse than doing them. Do the thing the next time you think about doing it. A rule I made for myself a long time ago is that if a task will take less than 2 minutes, I will do it as soon as I think about it.

Another tip I have for home organization is to always have a donation bin or box on the go. Stuff does not stay organized on its own. For me, outer order = inner calm. 


Do a little work every day for peace of mind and less hassle later. Many people enjoy the calm now and pay for it later.


Sit down and look at the area of your life that needs the most organization and start there.



It can seem overwhelming if you are not used to planning and organizing. Show yourself some compassion as you build this vital life skill, one day at a time. ~ Laura "We are real so you can be too"

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