How to run your household like clockwork: Tips from Britain's most-organised mum
She became a best-selling author with her first book The Organised Mum Method, and now Gemma Bray - who has amassed 200,000 followers on Instagram - is back.
With her new book The Organised Time Technique, Gemma hopes to help the country get their lives running like clockwork, by splitting the hours of your day into time units.
Gemma says it's time to make a change!
Gemma explains the facts at the very foundation of The Organised Time Technique:
Fact 1: There are only 24 hours in a day: that’s 1,440 minutes. We can’t change that very stark, very hard fact.
Fact 2: Our time has a hard boundary. If we run out of time, we can’t get more
Fact 3: The only thing we can do is to learn how to use our time in the most efficient way possible. Otherwise, we just keep borrowing time from other parts of our lives to try to fit everything in. This can mean that we are forced to borrow from Peter to pay Paul, and this could see us taking time away from the things that are vital to our health and wellbeing, such as sleeping.
What type of timekeeper are you?
Gemma identifies three types of timekeeper:
The overachiever: You are the ultimate multi-tasker! You find it hard to say no and would hate anyone to think of you as lazy. You are competitive by nature and try to squeeze as much into your day as possible. You go through periods of feeling completely burned out or overwhelmed. You pride yourself on being busy and when you do have a moment to yourself, you don’t know what to do with it. You rarely feel as though you get much headspace and your brain is always full of to-do lists.
The dreamer: You have a fondness for stationery and bullet journals. You get excited about starting a new diary or project but never keep it up for more than a couple of weeks. You love strategy meetings at work (you never moan about having meetings about meetings). You prefer to look at the bigger picture rather than getting caught up with the smaller details. You rarely finish projects and you get disheartened easily when things don’t go to plan.
The spendthrift: You tend to leave everything until the last minute. Projects are often left until the eleventh hour, meaning that they never turn out quite as well as you wanted them to. You have little patience and find it hard to concentrate on things for a decent length of time. You often arrive late and the snooze button on your alarm clock gets a lot of use. You usually severely underestimate the amount of time things will take.
How to manage your time
Gemma advises splitting your jobs into levels, before deciding how to use up your units.
Level one jobs: These are things that you need to do every day, to keep yourself and your dependents healthy. Include things like sleeping, bathing/showering, eating, making sure you and your kids are nourished and caring for an elderly relative.
Level two jobs: These are the things that are not life-and-death, but that would cause major disruption if you were to not get them done regularly enough. They can include work, getting the kids to school, doing your tax return, cleaning your house and doing laundry.
Level three jobs: These are the things that you always want to get around to doing, but never quite manage to fit in. These can include having a bath, taking up that new hobby that you’ve been wanting to try for years, reading a book, setting up a side business and writing a book!