Get organized this weekend to start the week off strong
Every week ends with a sigh of relief as we look forward to a few stress-free days off. It seems like Monday to Friday always ends up being hectic, with work, hobbies, friends, family, and whatever else you’ve got going on. However, it’s possible to make the week go by a little more smoothly, it just takes a bit of planning and some foresight.
Pretty often becoming frazzled is a symptom of poor organization. Without a clear plan for the tasks you have to, your duties can seem overwhelming. When you clearly lay out what needs to be done, it helps you structure your week and helps you to figure out how to tackle those tasks without getting frustrated. This sort of organization is key even on a smaller scale. For example, we at WestMaids use a checklist for every single clean that we do. You might think, why not just make sure everything is clean? But that can actually be quite difficult to keep track of when you are working with complex spaces likes homes. Each abode is different and requires areas of attention. Unless you have something to reference to, you might lose track of your efforts.
So, to come back to our original point, creating a to-do list will help you focus on the work that needs to be done, and give you a game plan on how to work effectively.
3 Steps to Smooth Planning
Creating an effective to-do list is actually harder than it sounds. Just write down the things you’ve got to finish, right? Not so, like in our cleaning example above, unless you lay out specifically the most important details, you’ll just bury yourself.
We have put together this quick little 3 step plan to getting organized. Use them to organize your week and ensure it runs smoothly.
Create your to-do list
Quickly brainstorm the things you would like to get done this week. Don’t overthink it, set a 5 minute timer to create the list.
Select the top 5 priorities
This is the hard part. You need to decide on the top 5 things you’d like to complete this week. One task per day.
Assign each task to a day
Your job now is to take those top 5 priorities, and assign them each to a day. These don’t need to be tasks that take up an entire day, the goal here is to break it down into manageable chunks. By separating the tasks, you are working with smaller pieces, and not just one giant ball of stress. This gives you time to complete other obligations that pop up during the week.
Stick to the plan
This is the key. Once you’ve set your schedule, make an effort to stick to it. Derailments will no doubt crop up, which is fine – the do-list is there to help provide guidance. You just have to make sure you’re following it.
We spoke to Justin, general manger of Maid My Day, and asked about his organizational habits. “I use a pretty similar system” he quipped. “The only other suggestion I would add is that once you’ve selected your top tasks, plan how you’re going to complete them the night before”. Certainly a good point in addition to the above. Adding that next step helps break down the work a little more. So now you’ve gone from having a bunch of work to finish this week, to having one task per day. Further, you’ve gone from having to figure out how to finish 5 tasks this week, to figuring out how to finish one task tomorrow. Use this method to help get yourself organized, and you will find that getting everything done throughout the week is a little more manageable.
In case you need a little bit of help getting organized, feel free to book a clean with us. Our online booking system takes less than a minute to set up. Just select your home features, add any extras, and choose a date and time. No waiting for a quote or having to do a walkthrough. We’ll make sure your house is spotless, leaving you to focus on your daily challenges.