Tell us your best stay-organized strategies!
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.
In the evenings I block out just a little bit of time to prepare for the next day...pack my gym bag, set out my clothes for the next day, pack my lunch, whatever I can do to make my morning less stressful!
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).
I find eating on a schedule or as close to one is also helpful.
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 set out my measuring cups and scale before I get my food out for a particular meal. eliminates my usual dumping habits.
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 :)
Depending on what room you are usually in that last half hour before you leave either set your kitchen timer or an alarm clock so it goes off as a warning that you need to wrap things up and get going.
By planning the meals for the next day on the day before you KNOW what you are going to eat and you know you will stay within your calorie range!!
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.
The meal planner and shopping list do it for me. I go over my meals for the week changing anything I'm allergic to or am not particularly fond. Print my shopping list and go shopping! It helps when cooking to know all the ingredients are there and nothings missing. It's makes life so much easire.