Planning ahead is one of the best ways to save time and stay organized. When you plan out what needs to be done in advance you know exactly what needs to be done when. This allows you to prioritize your days with ease. In this post, I’m going to go over 5 simple things you can plan ahead for. These 5 planning ahead tips will help you stay organized and save you time.
I really think planning ahead is important for all aspects of your life. Planning ahead comes into play when you have people over, go to the grocery store, start a garden, or even clean the house. It allows you to really attack the task head-on. Now I’m not saying you need to spend an afternoon planning every mundane task you need to complete. It can be just a simple to-do list to make the task just a little easier. Learn how to plan ahead of time to set yourself up for success.
Grocery Shopping & Meal Plan
Meal planning will help keep you on a budget. If you are wanting to eat healthier then you’ll definitely want to start doing this. This doesn’t have to be extravagant either a simple piece of paper on the fridge with your weekly menu and another simple piece of paper on your grocery list is all you need.
For me, I have a white board on the fridge with the week and I fill it out the day before I go to the grocery store. I also have another whiteboard where the family can write down what they want from the store or if they’ve used the last of something they write it down for replacement.
Create a cleaning schedule
For me, planning ahead of my cleaning schedule is a must these schedules keep me on track. If I don’t have a checklist, I feel lost. Have you ever found yourself checking the laundry and then for some reason you end up reorganizing the garage? Yep, that’s me and that’s why I have a list.
For the most part, my home stays clean. I do like to do a nice clean each day so my weekly deep cleaning doesn’t overwhelm me. I have a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly cleaning checklist.
There are some things that don’t need to be done each week like cleaning under the fridge. Also, there are things that need to only be done quarterly like replacing the filter in the furnace. This keeps me from forgetting things that need to be done.
Create a daily to-do list
I like to plan out my day the day before. I can reflect on what I got done and then what needs to be done. This allows me to wake refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
If you’re wanting to tackle a big organizing project it’s best to plan ahead on that so you have time to do it. Organizing an entryway, a kitchen, or another area of your home takes time and usually requires supplies.
Create a list of what you’d like to do with the area, what you’d like to store, and create a Pinterest vision board to allow you to make your vision a reality.
For me, I like to carve out a bit of time each week to declutter my home. Not a lot of time but enough to maintain the areas I’ve already decluttered.
Planning ahead your declutter time will keep that tasks in the front of your mind so you won’t forget.
Planning ahead is just the beginning. Remember follow through is also I big portion of the equation for you to get and stay organized.
Set your to-do list but don’t overfill it so you can continue to set yourself up for success.
What are some things that you have to plan ahead? I would love to hear all about it in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by!