At the end of 2019 there was no way I would have imaged this is how 2020 would turn out but here we are rounding out the year for me personally still working from home. It has been a bit of a challenge trying to find a healthy balance and I’m still not all the way there but I’m trying so that counts right? One big take away I got from this year was saving where I can and absentmindedly works wonders. I found this image floating around Facebook a few years back and using it every year and I promise it really works.
Save $1 plus every week
What do I mean? Well, you start off the new year saving $1 the first week. The next week you save $2 and continue from there every week you add another dollar to the previous amount you saved. You can do this just in your bank account or with physical cash for me it worked best with physical cash by mid-year I saved enough to make an extra car payment and half the amount for a 6-month car insurance policy. Easy way to keep track is saving the amount of month for the number of weeks we are into the year so even if you forget to save and must catch up your numbers align together.
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Grab a planner!
I don’t care if you are a physical or electronic calendar person grab a planner, I promise it helps or at least it helps me. This helps you plan out your week, get organized and keep track of everything from birthdays to events, bill etc. I’ve tried a few planners over the years but this year I went with the happy planner, but I’ve also used the budget mommy and Erin Conrad. I love the ability to customize with all the additives. Do your research and find the planner that fits you. I love stickers so I’m a sucker for those truly.
Start a memory jar.
This is just a plan jar you can write on little pieces of paper or add ticket stubs to this, but it is a great way once the year is over to empty out and look back on all the fun times. I haven’t done this in a few years since my grandmother passed away but 2020 threw us all for a loop and I think this will be helpful not just for myself but the kids as well. You can grab a little jar from anywhere but I found my jar and stickers at Michaels.
Organize your space
No not your home I mean your space. If you are working from home, make it constructive for your work from home environment. If you are a blogger or crafter or whatever make the space special and workable for you. One of my Christmas presents I am currently using from my husband was a little worktable to use when I’m sitting on the couch or in bed late at night. Since I do work from home sitting in my computer chair can become tiresome, but I know I still need to get work done. This table has an adjustable top and a cubby for pens, pencils, etc.
Give yourself grace
It might sound lame but seriously don’t expect everything to happen overnight. Give yourself time to adjust I know I know we’ve been adjusting but still give yourself more time. Even when I feel like I finally have a handle on everything something happens to throw me off again, but I know I need to give myself some grace and some time to get where I want and need to be.
Test out any of these things and let me know if they help or if you have any other tips and tricks to share. I’m always down for a good life hack.