School schedules, moving, starting a new job, getting a dog, or even the upcoming daylight saving time can all throw a wrench in routines we’ve carefully curated and rely heavily on. So how do we keep these moments of change from escalating into full blown disorganized chaos? In today’s episode I’ll give you 5 simple strategies for staying organized when your routine has to shift.
Anyone on the internet knows that we all absolutely hate daylight saving time because the shift in our clocks means that everyone is tired and hungry at times. We hate it. I liken this collective “what the heck is going on here?!” to mercury retrograde. We have to get through that first week, and then we’ll be okay. Take a literal deep breath and pay attention to your body when you’re going through routine shifts. This one is easier to do that with, because we already have named that we are collectively annoyed by this routine shift. But if you’re feeling highly irritable, notice if anything in your life has caused you to shift your systems recently, and then take a deep breath in the naming of the annoyance.
Plan a light schedule.
Once you’ve realized that your routine has shifted, plan accordingly. This is not the time for trying new recipes. This is not the time for tackling the sewing project that’s been in your closet for forever. Dare I say it, this is not time to START an organizing project, but simply to maintain systems where you can (for example, if you’ve got a great laundry system but are a little backed up, throw a load in like it’s not a big deal). Don’t schedule extra dinners out with that one friend who is great until they grate on your nerves. Take a cue from the introverts of the world and lighten up that schedule as much as possible.
Assess your pain points and problem solve.
If you’ve shifted your routine, you likely need to work through a few routine hiccups that have resulted. For example, if you’ve recently moved, literally all of your stuff has to have a new home. This will take time. Additionally, if you have a new puppy, you might have to store your shoes elsewhere. A life change and shift in routine almost always means the need for updating an organization system. So think through the following: safety issues, getting out the door issues, maintenance issues. Take 3 minutes and jot down if you’ve been having any problems in these areas and then if there are simple changes you can make to improve your life drastically.
Set up systems for your musts.
My must is a cup of coffee within 10 minutes of getting out of bed. I have realized that I turn into a raging dragon if there is something in front of my creamer in the fridge and I have to dig to get to it. Solution? I now keep the creamer in the door for easy access. On particularly stressful days, I set an actual alarm to set the coffee up to auto-brew so it’s streamlined for me to get my cup. What is the thing that makes you happy? That’s a must. Set up a system to eliminate as many obstacles to your happy after a routine shift.
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