Eliott is in kindergarten this year and as I’m learning about what it is he is learning, it’s made me think about the lessons we all learned at kindergarten, lessons that can also serve us for life.
Yep, it’s a LONG time ago for us adults but the life lessons we were all taught really do fit into our adult lives, particularly when it comes to helping us be more organised.
5 life lessons to help you be more organised
Lesson 1: Sharing is important
We all learn when we’re little kids that we don’t get to play on the best slide all day. It’s a bit of rubbish lesson to learn, the fact that we have to share our favourite things. But once we get to adulthood, we also have to learn that we have to share the not-so-nice things too. Trying to take on all of life’s responsibilities is either exhausting or impossible; if not both.
If you have to share your toys, you also have to share your chores as a grown-up! Everybody who lives in your house should have a role in keeping things organised. Getting children involved in household chores is good for them! Everyone who drives or travels in your car should have a hand in keeping it clean and tidy. And everyone who works in your office should contribute towards keeping mess and clutter at bay. Delegate organisational tasks in all areas of your life. After all, sharing is caring (for yourself)!
Lesson 2: It’s okay to ask for help
Just as the point above addresses sharing your tasks, it’s also okay to ask for help. After all, why not? You might find invaluable advice. You might learn something really useful. You might even make a new friend. If you’re struggling to do something, be it opening a can or getting your mirrors streak-free, ask for help! Go online and read blogs. Hire a cleaner to come and give you a hand around the house once a month. Take the car to a car wash, instead of washing it yourself. It’s okay.
Lesson 3: Imagination goes a long way
If you’re wanting to motivate children to help, set up a rewards system for them. Be imaginative about what the reward could be; it doesn’t have to financial. Instead, it could be that they get control of the TV remote for a night or that you’ll let them have that sleepover they’ve been going on about!
On the topic of rewards and motivation; don’t just keep your 2016 calendar up-to-date, do more than that! Reward yourself whenever you reach the end of a busy week. Don’t just write a to-do list and then forget about it; keep it in your purse so it’s always in reaching distance.
Make speed-cleaning the house more fun with some loud music and your favourite snacks. The sky’s the limit when it comes to imagining more ways to make things fun!
Lesson 4: Taking a nap is okay, sometimes.
Don’t you miss the days when you could take a nap every afternoon? While that is not always viable anymore, it is important to rest and relax whenever you can. You can’t stay totally organised and in control if you’re totally exhausted. Switch off your phone, send the kids to a friend’s house and take a nap. Milk and cookies are optional.
Lesson 5: Put things back where you found them
This point is especially true for your home and your office. We teach kids to put things back where they found them. Adults need reminding to do this too! It helps keep clutter at bay and stops messes before they can form.
See what I mean? Life lessons straight from the kindy room.