Tuesday, September 29, 2015

un-procrastination 101

Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm the biggest procrastinator on the face of the earth. I always waited until the last minute to work on homework assignments, papers, projects, studying for exams etc. I even waited until the last minute to pack up my life before our temporary move to Chicago. I don't know but somehow I always ended up getting things done on time. It was stressful...but what mattered was the fact that I still got the task done! I'm not the type of gal that has a list of new years resolutions ready at the beginning of every year because lets be real, no one really sticks to them anyway; however, this year my goal was to work on my procrastination issue. It may be true that people tend to work better under high stress, but, it sure does feel good to have my life somewhat organized! :) 

The first thing I did to fix my procrastination problem was make a list! Sometimes I even have 2 or 3 lists going on...kind of ridiculous huh? But it definitely keeps me organized. I have a weekly to-do list which helps me map out all that I need to take care of that week and then I make a to-do list every night for the following day. I also have a separate grocery list that I add stuff on as I remember so when I go grocery shopping over the weekend, I don't forget to buy something. This has made my life so much easier and makes the grocery shopping process a lot faster. I hated going to the grocery store and forgetting to buy that ONE important thing I went to the grocery store for in the first place! 

Another thing that I have had success with is knowing exactly what I want to make for lunch and dinner the next day. Sometimes I even marinate the chicken the night before so when I wake up the next morning, I can eat breakfast and cook just so I don't have to worry about it later in the day. Women know how much time is spent in the kitchen so the earlier I get done with cooking the better! Another great tip is clean as you go! I really enjoy's the clean up after that I despise. I quickly load the dishwasher while the food is cooking on the stove top. I also put away things where they belong, wipe down the countertops and gather all the dishes that need to be hand washed. Once the food is ready, I transfer it into a glass tupperware and wash the dishes. This process really cuts down the time spent in the kitchen in half! 

One last thing that makes my life easier is preparing for work. The night before I have to go into work, I take out the clothes I'm going to wear to work, shower and style my hair before going to bed. It literally takes me longer to do my hair than it does to do my makeup which is why it is imperative that I do my hair the night before. In the morning, I do my makeup, change, grab breakfast and out the door I go! 

These are just some of the things that help my OCD self stay organized. Anyone else have any other organization tips for me? 

Happy Tuesday! :)


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