Happy Saturday!  Do you have fun plans for the weekend?  We will be doing some hiking and celebrating family birthdays.

I have a pretty long to-do list this weekend and thought would share some of the ways I am getting it all  some of it done.

How to Improve Your Quality of Life

  1. Make a List of Your Top 6 –  In another life as a business consultant, I read a book that stated that your really couldn’t cross more than 6 items off your to-do list in any given day.  I don’t completely agree, but making a list of my top 6 to-dos for the day has been incredibly helpful.  It forces me to prioritize, avoid adding unnecessary items to my list, and makes me feel super productive.  My top 6 today are:
    1. Make bread
    2. Write this blog post
    3. Go on a long hike
    4. Make party decorations
    5. Make a cake and cupcakes
    6. Make lemonade and fruit skewers
  2. Speaking of Making Your Own Bread – Nothing tastes better than freshly baked bread! I just made a batch this morning and I’ll make another on Tuesday.   You don’t need a bread machine and you don’t need a lot of time.  I couldn’t figure out how to add homemade bread to my weekly routine until I was introduced to this book – Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  Our family favorite recipe is the Soft Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread from the Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day .
  3. Make a Daily Playlist – When I have a lot going on it’s nice to have music in the background to keep up my mood.  Since I am going on a hike and have a lot of baking, I will be listening to Bob Marley since it helps keep me calm.
  4. Stretch for 1 minute for Every Hour that You are Sitting –  This is an Apple Watch feature and I love it so much.  If I’m working from home, I will try to get something from upstairs or downstairs that needs to be put away.  It gets my heart rate up, it makes my house cleaner, and it keeps my legs from falling asleep.
  5. Read TheSkimm – Have you heard of TheSkimm?  I love it – I can get a great handle on what’s going on in the world in seconds. If you want to go more in-depth, they have great links, but if you have only one or 2 minutes, you will now know what everyone is talking about.
  6. Add Fruit to Your Water –  I hate drinking water.  I  have to trick myself into staying well hydrated, so I always keep a pitcher of water with sliced lemons or cucumbers or strawberries in the fridge with the goal of finishing it over the course of the day.  It seemed like such a hassle until I timed how long it took to slice the fruit, add it to the water, and put it in the fridge, which was 90 seconds.
  7. Get an Evernote Account and Add it To Your Phone – Between 4 kids, a full-time job, and volunteering, I am always running.  I get a lot of phone calls, emails, and texts on the fly and they result in a lot of new things for my to-do list.  I don’t want to forget them, so I track them in my Evernote account on my phone.  I also forward emails to the appropriate Evernote “Notebook” and then I review at night.  This keeps things from slipping through the cracks.
  8. Do It Now – If I can do something in one minute or less, like send an email or make a quick call, I will do it as soon as I am asked.  I don’t have “Isn’t there something I’m forgetting?” in the back of my mind, because it’s already handled.

How do you get more done and stay organized? I would love to hear about it!