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5 tips to smash
Make a list to smash organisation as a
Usually, I’ve got a “master to do list”. My master list isn’t organised in any way. I just sit down and write everything that is swirling around in my head and get it down on paper. I do try to separate business jobs from personal jobs though. This process is very similar to a brain dump.
Then either last thing at night or first thing in the morning I write that days to do list either on scrap paper or in my phone notes. I add anything that has popped up recently that needs attention then I look over my master list and add in anything that is becoming urgent.
Have a routine – even a rough one to smash organisation as a self employed parent
I do love the idea of routines but to be honest I just can’t stick to them rigidly. It really depends on my mood that day and how my anxiety is affecting me.
We have a routine in place for little man, which we stick to for his sake. His morning and evening routines on school nights being the most important.
When it comes to things I need to do, I can map out a full week and cover every second of every day from waking up to bedtime. The problem is if I’m having bad anxiety that day I might not be able to do all the things I’d planned to, throwing the routine out of the window.
So I try and stick to a rough routine, we work around our sons routine, we have set times to wake up, eat, and go to bed. We tend to do the main shop on a Wednesday and a top up on Saturday if needed.
Plus, I’ve also just started following The Organised Mum.blog. She has devised an amazing cleaning routine that gets all housework done within 45 minutes a day the best thing is…you don’t have to clean on a weekend. It’s something I’m really enjoying and the benefits to the house are so noticeable now I’ve been doing it a few weeks.
Lastly, once my son is in school I usually utilise that time for working and finish off anything I couldn’t in the daytime, once he is in bed.
So for routines, I would suggest trialling a few options, see what works best for your family and you and work from there.
Meal Plans to smash organisation as a self employed parent
I know meal planning is very popular, at first it wasn’t something I could really get into. I always said, “I don’t know what I’ll want for my tea a week on Saturday so how can I plan!” Well, you still can! Instead of writing Monday chicken, Tuesday HM burgers, I just write out 7 meal ideas and make sure we have everything in for those meals then we can pick which one we want that night on
For breakfasts and lunches, we seem to have accidentally developed a little routine with those. I always make sure I have at least two different types of breakfast in, mainly for our son. This could be cereal or pancakes. Or fruit and yoghurt or boiled eggs and finger toast. I pick what to have in that week while shopping because I like to check for special offers.
Then lunch is always a packed lunch for our son (Richard) and we might have leftovers from last nights tea or sandwiches, you get the drift.
If you do want to include breakfasts and lunches in your meal plan then I’d suggest trying to use the same main ingredient, such as eggs, ham or pasta, if you stick to the same ingredients but have them as different dishes it will keep your food shop bill down.
Budget or at the very least have an up to date list of when your incomes come in and your bills go out to smash organisation as a
I’ve lost count of the number of budgets I’ve either done myself or had help doing. They just never seemed to work out. I’d miss something or buy something I shouldn’t, then I’d feel angry with myself, blow it all out of proportion and give up. This cycle continued for many years. Until one day my sister in law offered to help me sort my finances. She went away and made this amazing spreadsheet that accounts for multiple incomes coming in on different days every month and also shows which bills are due out and when.
The best bit is that each budget lasts for 12 weeks so you only need to make a new version 4 times a year.
The thing I really love about it though is if you want to buy something if you put the amount it costs into the budget, the budget shows you how much this one purchase will affect your money much further down the line.
I will be writing a separate post about this budgeting system (with my sister in laws permission) and I’ve even made a copy of the spreadsheet in Google Sheets, so hopefully, I should be able to share it with you guys!
Having a budget that works for you is a major step in getting and staying organised! As well as the obvious benefits of it helping if you’re short of cash, or like to know where your money is being spent and helping work through debt.
Dedicate set time for working, even in the school holidays to smash organisation as a selfemployed parent
As I mentioned above I always know that once my son is in school, I should be working. I work from home and need set times to achieve all the things I need to achieve in my business.
So between 9am and 3pm are my main working hours. However this is only 30 hours a week, give or take. There’s always the possibility I might do a bit of cleaning, shopping or running errands in that time too. So I also set aside a few hours over the weekend, especially in winter when the weather isn’t great and we are staying in more.
As well as weekends, I might also use some of the evenings once my son is in bed. It really depends on what I’m working on at the time and how much I managed to get done in the day.
School holidays can be a little tricky, to say the least! I haven’t managed to achieve this fully yet.
But in the holidays the aim is to get ahead with business things, in the weeks and months leading up to the holiday. Blog posts are written and scheduled, social media automated. Not fully I`d still recommend popping on daily to check in, but if you do manage to get ahead with the jobs you know will need doing in the holidays, it leaves you free to complete any unexpected work as and when it comes in.
Its also very important to make it clear to the family that you need time to work and you might need to explain that once the work is done, the fun can start! This obviously depends on the age of your kids. If you have kids under 5 this probably won’t work at all and if I’m being honest I can’t advise on how best to handle this because I didn’t work from home when my son was under 5. I’m thinking juggling, getting things done in nap time or if you are very blessed you might have a family to look after them for a few hours a week. We didn’t so we did and still do a lot of juggling!
Over 5 years old and they do gain a little more independence and are more willing to occupy themselves for an hour. I tend to find working in batches of an hour at a time works the best. But I won’t work all day in the holidays. I do make sure I take time out and do fun things where possible.
Thanks for reading this post, I really hope there are a few ideas you can take away and they ease the organising! So, how about you? Do you have a few go-to “to dos” to stay organised as a self-employed parent? I would honestly love to know. You can comment on here or pop over to my socials I always reply!