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The Organized Travel5 Organizing Tips from the Pros
People organized in their daily lives tend to have more enjoyable, action-packed excursions. Schedule your day, use goal checklists and plan meals and outings - and fun will await.
My husband and I went on a 7-day cruise to the Caribbean a few years ago. It was wonderful. On this trip, I was so delighted to see good organizing in action. You can actually incorporate many of these great ideas from the pros into your day. Here are just a few . . .
2. Use chore checklists.
Our cabin on the ship was so organized and neat every moment that we were there. Of course, we weren't responsible for keeping it that way. Our room steward was just amazing. Each morning when we left our cabin to go to breakfast, we'd return to a bed that was made, a clean bathroom and a perfectly organized room. When we asked her how she could possibly get it done so quickly and so well, she immediately pulled out her chore checklist and her watch. These two tools helped her clean and organize 20 rooms, in only 15 minutes per room.
While you probably don't have the luxury of a room steward at home, if you create a chore checklist, and spend a little bit of time each day completing your tasks, you will accomplish everything you set out to do in the shortest time possible. Then, all that's left is to enjoy a clean, well-organized atmosphere every day.
4. Set goals and deadlines.
It is very important to set goals. This way, you'll have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, and you can set out each day to do so. Once you come up with your major goals, simplify them by breaking them into mini-goals, with a deadline for each. You're then sure to accomplish each one.
When we went on our island tours, the Tour Guides easily kept their groups together by having everyone wear a label with the Tour Name, Bus Number, etc. Not one person got lost! When we wanted to find something on the ship, we simply pulled out our nifty ship map. We located everyplace we wanted to go in seconds.
On our last day of the cruise, all of our luggage was placed in a large room, waiting for us to check it in with the airlines. How did we find our luggage among the more than 10,000 pieces of luggage that were sitting there? Easy. They color coded our tickets, our luggage and the area it was stored in. Plus, we tied a big gold ribbon around our luggage handle. So we just had to find our color and our ribbon, and we had our luggage in a few minutes.
Clearly identifying makes life so much easier:
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