Why Caregivers Should Stay Organized

Jan 27, 2020

Staying organized is a feat reserved for those with excessive free time and definitely not caregivers… or so you might think. 

Being organized is possible as a caregiver. It just doesn’t feel like it sometimes. Here are a few tips on staying organized while you manage caregiving responsibilities. 

Get Organized early

The more organized time you have under your belt the better. It might be too late to get organized for this tax season, but it’s never too late for the next tax season. After all, there are two guarantees in life: death and taxes.

Start getting organized and putting a plan together now so you are prepared in the future. It’s best to be proactive than reactive.

Be prepared for emergencies

Anything can happen at any time and it’s helpful to be ready for it. This could be as simple as writing important phone numbers on a piece of paper and sticking it on the your refrigerator. Or having an extra layer of clothes packed in case it gets cold or a snow storm happens. 

Sit down and brainstorm some possible emergencies that could occur and determine what would make the situation easier. Once you’re prepared you’ll be at ease knowing you are ready in the case it happens.

Keep a written journal 

Keeping a written journal lets you put down you thoughts and recount the activities of that day. It also allows you to look back at journal entries in order to remember when or if you did something. There is enough you have to remember, there is no need to add to it.

Find time for the things you enjoy

It’s difficult to be organized when you can’t even take the time to think about becoming organized. And when you do find the time, you’re thinking about all the things you could be doing. 

Finding time for the things you enjoy lets your mind rest and regain focus. It’s important for your own mental health as well as the well being of the person you are caring for. 

Take the time now, so it’s not overwhelming later

By taking time out of your busy schedule now, you can save yourself a lot of stress and anger later. Whether you’re trying to remember something you did two weeks ago or you’ve suddenly been snowed in, it pays to be prepared and organized.