With all the uncertainties the global pandemic has brought, getting your act together can be very challenging. The moment you focus on your finances, your mental health might crumble like a house of cards in an instant. On the other hand, a month of focusing on being mentally and physically healthy can damage your finances.
If you choose to focus on elevating your career, having a family of your own can be pretty tricky. And if you want to have a happy family, most of the time, it would mean fewer hours spent on your profession. Life can become a juggling act, and you can’t assure that all balls won’t hit the ground.
But that’s where we come in. Since avoiding life’s chaos is impossible, preparing for it is a must. Slowly but surely organize your life by doing these six simple things constantly.
START YOUR DAY RIGHT
- MAKE YOUR BED EVERY MORNING
Making your bed will only take you 30 seconds or 3 minutes at most. This may seem very simple and easy, but that’s where its beauty lies. It’s a simple task that will only consume a few minutes, but the reward of making it a habit is enormous. By doing this constantly, you groom yourself to be disciplined for the whole day. And if there’s one thing needed the most in keeping your life in order, that’s discipline.
- TAKE A SHOWER RIGHT AFTER WAKING UP
Taking a shower is not necessarily just for hygiene. Yes, being clean and fresh can give your mind the ease and comfort to quickly help you get through the days. However, the most crucial effect of showering in the morning is that it hotwires your brain to wake up fully. It boosts your mood, alertness, and vigor to start the day right.
MAKE SCHEDULES AND DEADLINES
- ALWAYS GIVE YOURSELF TIME FOR MAINTENANCE
From something as critical as your annual body checkup to something simple like getting your gutters checked and fixed. Having a schedule for maintaining your car, house, and body is vital to avoid unnecessary complications that might take you off the rails.
And it’s not even that hard. Most auto and motorcycle dealerships, like Subaru and Harley-Davidson, offer online scheduling and reservations. While having breakfast, you can use your phone and check the Subaru factory maintenance schedule, and your car maintenance will be ready in less than 5 minutes.
Telemedicine also helps with online scheduling for checkups so that you can stay healthy during a health crisis with just a click on your phone.
- DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL TIME
Give yourself time for your hobbies. You can go out with friends, party all night, read a book alone, spend your whole day with your dog, or do any other activity that gives you joy. Make time to do whatever it is that you enjoy doing, even at least once a week. Having the perfect balance of work and play can keep your mental state healthier.
SET BUDGETS AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO PRIORITIZE
- BUDGET YOUR EFFORT: DELEGATE TASKS
Just like how scheduling is a way to budget your time, delegating tasks is a way to budget your effort. Working hard is commendable, but you have to work smart, too. The most usual cause of burnout is doing too many unnecessary things that add fatigue and wasted time. The key to avoiding this is these three simple questions.
1. Can someone else do it?
2. Does my peace of mind matter more than the cost of letting others do it?
3. Will I be able to live with the results if the person who does it makes a mistake?
If your answer to all the questions is yes, you can relax and let others handle it. That way, you can focus on things that only you can handle.
- ALWAYS HAVE A CASH FLOW PLAN
One of the main goals in life should be the attainment of financial freedom. By organizing your finances as early as now, you’re setting up your future self to have a worry-free life. Practice auditing your expenses monthly and ensure consistency with your savings and investment. Adjust your financial planning according to the amount you want to save and invest. With 20% of your monthly salary going to your savings and 20% going to your investments of choice, you’d still have 60% of your monthly earnings to divide between your needs and wants. If you want to spend more on leisure, you could cut your budget on transportation and just bike on your way to work.
Remember that you should always choose consistency over perfection. It’s okay if you do it slowly and if you make mistakes. You can adjust along the way. The goal is to repeat these tasks until they become second nature. That way, you can get your life together without breaking a sweat.