From Scattered to Sane

Welcome to my series, From Scattered to Sane – 31 Days to Reclaim Your Life!  Each day I’m going to be sharing steps, tips, tools and motivation to help you take back your time.  You’ll be able to find those posts linked right here on this page. My goal with this series is to help you reclaim your life, or at the very least take back your time.

I get it! When life is full and things start slipping through the cracks we can feel as though we’ve become a slave to time and to the tasks we need to accomplish daily to keep life going.  It’s a rough place to be, and if I can help even one person find their way out of that space then I’ll consider this series a success.

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Many people struggle with figuring out the best way to manage their time.  No matter how hard we try, things seem to slip through the cracks.  I’m still on my own journey to finding the best way to do this for myself and my family. In this series, I’m sharing the system I use to help keep me on track as well as a little more of my story.  

You see, I used to think there was something wrong with me, that I was missing some key component everyone else seemed to have.  I didn’t understand what was wrong with me, I just knew that something had to be.  My journey to better manage my time has been a long one, and it may still be ongoing, but I’ve learned many things along the way.  

Perhaps the biggest and most heartwarming of those lessons was that I was not alone, and neither are you!  No matter where you are on your own journey, you are NOT alone, and there is hope that things will get better.  I’m going to show you how.

Let’s get started shall we?

Navigating the From Scattered to Sane Series

I’m a big believer in doing what works best for you. While I think the series is best followed in order, I also understand that this format doesn’t work for everyone. With that in mind, the following days are the days I considered critical to helping establish a system that will help you take back your time and reclaim some calm in your life.

All of the posts linked above are the ones I think are the most important. They either contain printable worksheets, planner printables, or information and inspiration to help you on your journey to reclaim your life, or at least take back your time.

For the best results though, I really do recommend checking out all the posts in the series. Each one was written to address a different part of the process. My hope is that together they will help you create a system that will work best for you.

Following the Whole Series

When I was writing this series I tried to strike a balance between action items and information only posts. I often find that it’s easy to zero in on the steps to take and harder to step back and look at the whole picture. For that reason, I recommend reading one post a day.

Each of the images below is linked to its respective post. All you need to do is click or tap the one you want to read.

From Scattered to Sane

I'd love it if you would join me for the From Scattered to Sane series. Each day in October I'll be sharing new tips, tools, ideas and motivations as part of my 31 Days to Reclaim Your Life! (or at least take back your time) series. Stop on by and check them out.

An introduction into the series and the inspiration behind why I created this series.

From Scattered to Sane - Day 2 Where to Start? Choosing the Beginning of Your Time Management Journey.

Choosing where to start can feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to help make it a little easier.

When starting a new routine or trying to get back on track, set yourself up for success by starting with just three tasks

Often times, the small changes we make have the biggest impact in how we make use of our time.

A foundation routine is built with the motions we go through when we're just, well, going through the motions.

Don’t underestimate the importance of a foundation routine. If you only create one, this is it.

The perfect moment to start will never come, just start where you are.

Getting started can be really hard. Waiting for the right time isn’t always the best option.

Find ways to support your new routine so that you set yourself up for success right from the start

Taking time to set yourself up for success can go a long way in creating a system that works for you.

When building a new routine, a planner can be the best tool to help keep you on track and accountable.

Your planner can be your best tool when it comes to building new routines and habits.

New Day Planner Printables to help you plan your days. All have been designed to match the new 2016 calendars

These day planner printables were created to help make working with your top three easy.

New Half-Size Day Planner Printables to help you plan your days. All have been designed to match the new 2016 calendars

The half-size day planner printables are excellent for those who prefer a smaller planner.

Sometimes a little inspiration is all we need to find our motivation to stuff done

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration reminder. Here are four of my favourite quotes turned into printables.

Making time to celebrate our wins is so very important. You might not see it, but you’re doing awesome!

Foundations routine are simple routines, but they do have a few different layers. We've started with our daily routines and now it is time to move add the next level

Just as house foundations are meant to be built upon so to are our foundation routines. They help keep our days flowing.

Here's a handy little printable to help you build your weekly foundation routine.

A daily top three helped us create a foundation routine. Now, our weekly top three helps us build on it.

Making time for you is something that is often overlooked when building time management systems, but it is an important step that needs to be taken.

Oftentimes, one of the first places to get neglected is self-care, so make time for you a priority.

Building new routines can be a challenge. It's important to remember that there is no such thing as perfect. All we can do is try our best.

Perfection is a myth, but even so, it can still get in the way of taking back our time. Don’t let it stop you from making progress.

Sometimes feeling scattered makes our world scattered. Up is down and left is right! When it gets to be too much, it's time to dump it all out!

A brain dump can be such a therapeutic tool. I use one often to clear my head so I can focus again.

Budget your time so you can focus on the things that matter to you most.

Time is our most precious commodity. Having a budget for our time helps avoid overwhelm.

Setting priorities is a great way to make sure you have time to not just get things done, but to have time left over for you!

Setting priorities is about more than just getting things done. It makes room for the fun stuff too!

Use our weekly planning checklist to help you plan your week.

Weekly planning sessions can be such a game-changer. They don’t have to take much time either.

These simple weekly planner printable are a fantastic tool to keeping track of all you need to do each week.

These weekly planner printables were created to help make planning your week easy.

Half-size weekly planner printables are a great option for those who need portability in their planner, or just simply prefer a smaller planner.

The half-size weekly planners have everything the full-size ones do, just in half the size.

Unstructured time is what allows room for our creativity to come out and play, and that is such an important step in taking back our time.

It’s easy to fill our days with all the things we need to do, but unstructured time is just as important.

Those simple daily routines that we don't often think about play a really big role in how smoothly our days run.

Complicated routines aren’t always effective. Simple routines can make all the difference.

A master to do list can go a long way to taming a scattered brain. Use the handy printable to help create a to do list that will keep you on track

A master to-do list is a great tool for keeping track of tasks and projects in one, easy to find, place.

Taking the time to make a plan for each month can be a great help when you're trying to take back your time.

Monthly planner printables are a great way to plan ahead so you see an overview of your month.

These half-size monthly planner printables are a great way to focus how you're going to spend your time each month

These half-size monthly planners are a wonderful way to see what you have going on each month.

Taking some time to identify your time wasters is a great way to reclaim your time.

Time waster can sabotage the best of intentions. Once you know yours, you can avoid them.

Learning to let go and say no are important steps when it comes to setting boundaries on our time.

Setting boundaries allows us to honour our priorities and not overwhelm ourselves with too much to do.

We cannot do all the things all the time. That's why asking for help is an essential part of building an effective time management strategy.

It is easy to think we have to go it alone, but the truth is, asking for help is a crucial part of reclaiming our time.

The From Scattered to Sane series is drawing to a close. Now it's time to acknowledge all you've accomplished this month.

We made it!
It’s time to celebrate all the things you’ve accomplished in the last 30 days.

What comes next on your time management journey? Stop on by and check out these ideas for what to do now that the From Scattered to Sane series is over.

Now that we’ve reached the end of the series, what comes next? Read on to find out.

Before You Go

There’s more to taking back our time than just merely following a system. I hope that you find tips, tools, inspiration, hope, and new ideas in the posts below. Above all, I hope that this series helps you to create a system that will work to fit your unique situation.

If you want a little more or are just looking for a place to talk about where you’re at on your journey, come join us in the Facebook group. Talking with others who know what you’re going through always makes the journey a little less lonely.

If Facebook groups aren’t your preference, feel free to reach out on any of my social media channels, use the comments section on any of the posts, or send me an email. I’m happy to try to help