Organizing Your Day

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It can be difficult to get everything accomplished each day. Starting your day with a plan allows you to make the of your time. This is a page about organizing your day.


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If you've ever been in a hurry in the mornings, you know how much trouble it can be to round up a jacket, hat, scarf and boots to go out. If they all match, it's a bonus. Use this tip to have matching outerwear ready for when you walk out the door. You don't need a special piece of furniture, just use a chair.

Hang your sweater, folded, over the back rungs of your chair. Hang a scarf through the rungs. Hang the jacket on the back of the chair. Put the hat on the seat and put your keys in it. Slide your boots under it and you're done.

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December 7, 2006

If you are generally disorganized, get a spiral notebook and start making lists. Start by writing today's date followed by everything you need to do that day. As you finish items, cross them out with a single line, so you can still read what it said. If there is anything still on your list at the end of the day, write it at the top of the list the following day. Start your day with a list and you get more done.


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I am assuming that anyone who logs into Thrifty Fun regularly will already be preparing work bags, sandwiches and uniforms in advance, but here are some other ways of saving time:

  1. When making sandwiches the night before, make a cheese sandwich, in addition to whatever you are taking for packed lunch, and wrap it in foil. When you get up in the morning, put your foil wrapped package in the oven on gas mark 3-4, and leave it to bake whilst you have your shower for an easy hot breakfast that you can eat on the bus if necessary.
  2. Once you've put your sandwich in the oven, put the kettle on. Nip out of the bathroom between showering and getting dressed to make a cafetiere of coffee (your clean cafetiere, with measured ground coffee, will, of course, have been prepared the night before). If you are going to breakfast on the bus, tip the coffee into a thermos mug with milk and sugar to taste, otherwise wait to pour until you are ready to have breakfast. If you are going on a longer journey (on holiday, perhaps), consider taking a thermos flask with sugared black coffee and an aerosol can of low fat cream topping - the coffee will stay hot longer if you haven't added milk to it in the flask.
  3. If you are in a really tearing hurry, the quickest way to freshen up is to have a wash down, using one flannel to apply soap, and another to rinse it off. The soap flannel never goes into the water after its initial moistening, so you don't have to rinse scum off the sink, and you save the time you would otherwise spend on wringing out and rinsing the flannel between soaping and rinsing your body. Place used flannels in washing machine ready to wash. If you are preparing for a holiday or hospital admission, put each toiletry item into your toilet bag as you finish using it.
  4. If a train journey forms part of your commute, consider whether you can use the toilet on the train for teeth cleaning or hair styling - if you think that you can, pack the appropriate equipment in your workbag the night before.
  5. If you are planning to eat on the go, it may be worth taking a bottle of still or tap water with you - there are limits to the extent that you can get to work with toothpicks or flossing tools on public transport, but you can quite well take a mouthful of water, swoosh it around the offending teeth to loosen debris, and then swallow it.

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We talk about things, finding them, and saving money on them, but the body needs to be at those places to save money and care for others. So the big savings is in getting ready and not have to loose time or money in getting to the savings.


Here are some good habits for getting your day underway:

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July 6, 2005

Tips to help you organize your day. Post your ideas.


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June 4, 20040 found this helpful

i'm new to thirfty's all so interesting & helpful. i have a couple questions & as i find my way around the site, i'm sure i'll find the answers. thanks! love this ezine!

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July 6, 20050 found this helpful

By Maria Gracia

Start off each day in an organized way, and you'll get more done than you can imagine. Here are 5 simple steps.


Make a list of the things you have to do tomorrow, the evening before. Prioritize and organize each item in the sequence that it should be accomplished. Consolidate similar tasks together. When you wake up in the morning, you'll have a clear-cut guide detailing everything that must be done.

Very often, a schedule gets thrown off track due to distraction. If you find that you constantly get off track, get a watch with a timer and set it so it goes off every 30 minutes. Every time it sounds, be sure you're working on what you originally said you would. If you're not, stop what you're doing and get back on schedule. Most distractions are not emergency situations.

If you have an appointment during the day, always call to confirm before you leave your home or office. This will ensure that the person you're meeting did not forget about the appointment.


Also, if there is going to be a long waiting time, perhaps you can do something else first, before you leave.

Every time you finish something, cross it off your To Do List. This will give you a sense of accomplishment throughout the day.

At the end of the day, take a look at your list. How many items were you able to accomplish? Are there only 1-2 things left undone, or many? If there were just a few undone, simply move them to tomorrow's To Do List. If there were many undone, and you worked diligently on everything all day, then you probably had too many things on your list to begin with. Re-think how much you can possibly do in a given day. Remember, you only have 24 hours, and you should be using a third of those hours to sleep!


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July 6, 20050 found this helpful

Staying organized is hard for all of us sometimes.

I have a tip that will never fail you. When I get up in the morning and get my first of two diet colas for the day, it's automatic "plan your day" time. The first thing I need to do is think about what I have to do today to keep my life in order. I make a list on paper, then I don't have to run around unorganized all day and avoid making special trips I could have saved myself by looking at the list. It takes five minutes.

Today I need to pick up my pills, go to a meeting at 6:00, fix dinner, remember to send the mail I organized last night. After my meeting I have sewing to do for the Farmers Market this weekend. This will keep me on schedule. I'm not going to pack my day too tight just in case my grandchildren stop by for a visit, or I decide to make some phone calls to check up on friends.

By Ardis Barnes

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July 6, 20050 found this helpful

I write my to do list on a large calendar, and check it through out the day and last thing at night for tomorrow's activities.
Each morning, I transfer the information to a 'to do' sheet of paper. If the paper is lost, I still have the master list in the kitchen.
Some of my best thoughts occur while I can not conveniently write them down. I purchased a keychain digital recorder at Radio Shack originally which has since been discontinued.
I searched until I discovered one for $50 approx. at Best Buy which is quite slender and fits next to my cell phone in the holder.
At the touch of a button, I can record whatever thoughts pop into my head and replay or erase them at my leisure.
If I didn't have a $30 rebate, I wouldn't have purchased the $50 item, but looking back on it, it was certainly worth the money. The recorder is a SONY ICD-B100 and runs for a very long time on two AAA batteries. It can record up to 8 hours and has 3 different recording quality modes and choice of speaker loudness.
Some of the fancier models can be hooked up to a computer, but not this one.

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July 15, 20050 found this helpful

I'm a bit of a night owl and tend to be brain dead first thing in the morning. Planning my day the night before is much easier for me - I get up with a list ready to follow - very motivating. The alternative is to get up with a vague idea of what I need to do and then procrastinate for a couple of hours until I wake up properly!



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