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Just like with weight loss, you need not tackle all your organizational issues at once. Try 15 minutes a day, and you'll find yourself with 105 minutes (1 hr, 45 mins!) per week of organizational work.
I keep a binder with my routines. My routines include such things as: bedtime routine -- laying out clothes for the next day, setting up the table for breakfast the next day, setting up meds for the next morning. That way I can check to see if I've forgotten anything at the end of a hectic day.
When I have a schedule day off (or a few days) or have a vacation, but I stay home; to help stay focused, I make sure to pack my lunch the night before as if I'm going to work the next day. This applies to M - F (my work days).
As a mother of 5, we stop what we were doing when I call BLITZ. We enjoy working as hard as we can to clean quickly and beat the timer. Sometimes it is a quick blitz of 15 mins other times, an hour. At times, we compete in teams to get chores done quickly.
I prioritize three things to do, one relating to each of my annual goals. I have a health to-do, a spiritual to-do, and a financial to-do. Then, if a day falls apart and I don't get to everything on my list, I have made at least one step toward advancing my goals and the day has been a success :)
Although I like to have my day organized and planned and hope it runs smoothly, as a mom to 3 young kids it really helps to stay flexible in my schedule. Instead of sulking over the missed opportunities, make new ones.