anne elizabeth perez tips to help you get organized

Write it down. With everything  you have to remember on any given day it is difficult to remember it all, especially as you get older? The best thing to do is write it down. When i’m out and about I will write things done on my note app on my mobile phone but I still love to use pen and paper when possible. 

Keep it all in one place. When you write it down the best thing to do is write it all in one place. You could use a digital note pad or a more basic paper and pen but keep it all in one place so don’t have to waste time trying to remember where you put that note!

Stay healthy.  If you want the energy to get and stay organised then it’s important to stay healthy. Eat healthily; get plenty of rest, fresh air and some exercise.

Record your every thought. You might find yourself driving when a good idea about organising comes to you or you might recall something that you really need to write down. No need to pull over and start writing, record instead! Pull off to the side of the road and record it. Many smart phones have the capacity to do this. Use it to record your thoughts, or your parking space number, or even a memorable telephone number you see on a billboard as you drive by. 

Be confident in yourself. If you keep saying you have a bad memory, you will probably continue to have a bad memory. It is important to have a motivated, I CAN remember attitude.

Handy email reminders. There are many good and free e-mail reminder services available. You can type in what you want to remember, such as a welcome party, anniversary or special event, and you will receive an e-mail reminder when the date is approaching. This is a terrific way to jog your memory.

Use timers and alarms. Take advantage of alarm clocks and timers throughout your day. Have to take the clothes out of the dryer by 12 noon? Set your alarm clock to remind you. Want to leave for the ladies luncheon by 7 p.m.? Set your timer to beep a few minutes before it is time to start to get ready. Smart phones are great to use as timers and alarms. Just remember to have it near you.

Visual memory joggers. Visual reminders will help you remember and stay focused. Use visual reminders for remembering your goals. If your goal is to take a trip to a Ireland in a few years, keep a magazine photograph of Ireland right on your desk. If your goal is to lose 30 lbs. in six months, find a picture or object that will help remind you of this goal each day. If you have a number of goals then create a vision board. Gather pictures of where you want to live, how you would like your home to look,where you want to go, what you would like to be doing and who you would like to meet for examples.