Organized = On Time
As you know, one of my main goals this year is timeliness. We’ve talked about it before, but I am always on time for work deadlines, and never on time for friend and family events. That has changed in 2019! So far I’ve only been 5 minutes late to one appointment, everything else in the past 24 days I’ve either been RIGHT on time or 10 minutes early, and guys that’s an actual miracle.
I decided 3 weeks ago that if I was going to make being on time my thing I would have to start reworking my “process”. One of my big issues that was causing me to be late was gifts!
To be fair, between our friends and family we are celebrating a birthday, a new baby, an engagement, or a major work success weekly. Usually that means I am running into Target on the way to pick up a card, wrapping paper, or ribbon which inevitably makes me 15-30 minutes late.
Now before you say, “Ashley, come on!”, please note that I do always have a gift! I have a deal with myself that on the same day I RSVP to a party I order the gift. So at least I have the item, it’s just the wrapping/card that’s an issue. But not anymore!
Little by little, I’ve been reorganizing the way I do things to not only make them more efficient, but also make them less stressful. There is nothing in this world I love more than a prettily wrapped gift.
I am a firm believer that a small, thoughtful gift wrapped well is WAY better than a random, expensive gift wrapped poorly.
Which means I cannot tell you how many times I’ve wrapped gifts in the backseat of my car in a restaurant parking lot. But since I’ve rectified this situation, I no longer fight with a roll of wrapping paper in the back seat of my car and celebrations have become 1000% more enjoyable.
I realize this is a simple fix, but sometimes even the simplest things make the biggest difference.
My Gift Wrap General Store
All I did was stock up on satin ribbons, gift boxes, boxed birthday card sets, ribbon scissors (that actually cut!), wrapping paper for all occasions, tissue paper, and crinkle paper. Now I’m like the customer service counter at Bloomingdales, a one stop wrapping shop and I’m LOVING it!
This may seem like a little thing, but I’m telling you, it has already made a HUGE difference. We’ve celebrated 4 birthdays, 1 baby shower, and 1 big event in the past 24 days and I was not only prepared, I was ON TIME.
Like I said, this was a simple fix that will save me a billion heartaches! Do you have any simple fixes/ life hacks like these I also need to know about?!