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With four kids, three dogs, a husband, and a business, sometimes I’m not really sure where I find the time to shower let alone help my kids with schoolwork or make dinner. It’s insane. My life is a constant whirlwind. And even though the majority of our time is spent at home, I still find myself wishing there was more time in the day. Doesn’t everyone?
But because we’re limited to a 24-hour day, I need to do the impossible and get myself on a schedule. One of the best ways that I get myself (and my kids) organized is by using Erin Condren’s monthly planners and notebooks. Without them, my day is a total mess.
The average person uses 13 different methods to control and manage their time.
Take a Moment to Organize Yourself
Honestly, getting myself on a schedule means the difference between a productive day and staying up past midnight to finish laundry or write a blog post. I spend just a few minutes in the morning writing in my focus notebook or adding tasks to my planner.
Writing everything out just takes a minute, but it gives me a better idea of what I need to get done and how to manage my time. It’s hard to be productive if you don’t have a clear idea of what you need to get done. And in what order. Plus, these planners are so adorable that you want to open them up and use them!
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Invest 10-12 minutes into planning your day. It saves at least 2 hours of wasted time and effort throughout the day.
Make It Fun For Everyone
For kids (and moms!), Erin Condren’s latest collection is a collaboration with Hello Kitty. It’s a charming little lineup of planners, notepads, pens, markers, stationery, and bookmarks that make your busy day just a little brighter. Dylan loves planning her day with her favorite Sanrio character. And with the cute sticky notes and glittery pens, honestly, I love them too!
My goal is to be super organized this year (and every year, but I’ll take what I can get). And I know planning my day and writing things down really helps. It’s already February and so far, so good! My month is scheduled out, my days feel productive, and even if I don’t get every single thing done, I know that I have my priorities in order because I wrote them down!
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Productivity drops as much as 40 percent when you try to do two or more tasks at once.