I mentioned last month that my family is going through some transitions. My husband and I are getting our house ready to go on the market (so many little projects to do before it’s ready!), we are house hunting, and this week I’m stepping into a new role at work.
This month, I celebrate nine years working for a non-profit, The National Foundation for Transplants. Nine years is a long time to stay at one company, and through the years, I’ve held a variety of roles within the organization. But this week, I’ll be transitioning to only working half days with a different set of responsibilities than I’ve previously held.
I’m excited, because now my afternoons can be spent focusing on all things writing-related (not to mention that it will also give me some extra time to spend with my family). But as I’m looking at my week, I’m also realizing something—I need to get organized so I can maximize those hours. My goal is to be able to actually have nights and weekends free (or at least mostly free) to be with family instead of working and writing during that time. (for many years now, I’ve had the kind of job that required lots of hours and was hard to “let go of” even when I wasn’t working. Couple that with needing to write at night and on weekends, and you have a recipe for stress!) So I’m excited about this new adventure, but am also hopeful I can pack as much into my afternoons as possible.
I’ve been scouring the internet for some great organizational tips, and seeking help on Pinterest (do people still love Pinterest or is it just me? I can get lost there, finding recipes, workouts, clothes, house decorating ideas, and so much more!)
I need to start by finding a new planner/calendar. Now I’ll confess something—as much as I love technology, I really need a planner I can write in and carry with me! I’ve tried different apps and things, but I just can’t get into it. I was a Covey planner girl back in the day, and I need something along those lines. I’ve been reading reviews and looking at a few different types of planners and I’ve found a couple that seem great—they not only help organize your day or week, but also overall goals for each week/month/year. That could be helpful to me. Does anyone have a day planner they love? Care to share?
I also need to organize my space. As we’ve been working to get the house “market ready” I have been shocked at what a packrat I’ve become! Books, clothes, paper…those seem to be my downfall! I know I’m late to the game, but I’m finally reading Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and I plan to use it as a guide to declutter. It won’t be easy for me though! I keep everything. As in, there are still clothes in my closet from when I was in college. And if I’m totally honest, I may have a high school era t-shirt or two…
But overall, I think getting organized and having more of a plan will be so beneficial to me as I move into a new chapter of life!
I’d love to hear your very best “organizational” tip!
I hope you all have a wonderful September!