How to be an Organized Caregiver
Let’s face it. Some of us have a hard time staying organized. This is especially the case when life becomes busy and overwhelming. Being organized is about modifying your behavior in positive ways to help you better achieve some end result, like peace of mind, being on time, being prepared for a situation, and so on. In this blog, we will go over some tips and tricks in order to help you get organized.
We know that caregiving is a hectic role. It can throw a lot of unexpected tasks and challenges your way, causing you to become lost in the chaos. Also, you may find yourself collecting a lot of documents and paperwork, perhaps in the mail, from doctors’ offices, and in your email. After a while, you might start losing track of your loved one’s doctor’s appointments, their prescription medication, and any other details.
Being proactive and keeping organized can be a way to avoid stress, help you achieve your caregiving goals, and assist in better caring for your loved one.
Ways to Become More Organized
Declutter: One of the first steps to becoming more organized is to remove the clutter from your surroundings. Wherever you work or take care of caregiving-related tasks, make sure it is neat and tidy. That means storing away papers in files and putting them in a designated area. If possible, by a drawer or a box where you can store files. Label files according to specific categories and organize your papers according to your own personal system. This also applies for electronic storage, since computer desktops can often be a source of clutter. Create files and store important things on a backup hard drive.
Automate: Rely on technical devices around you to help you keep track of small details. Whether it is a Microsoft Excel sheet to help you budget, or using your smartphone to remind you about weekly appointments, make sure you take advantage of what you have. Devices and software can be a huge lifesaver when you need them most.
Write Things Down: Or store or make a list on your phone. Do not rely on your memory, as the busier you get, the more likely you are to forget small details, like appointments and times. If you are having to take your loved one to doctor’s appointments, it is important that they go and don’t miss any. Writing things down will help you keep track of their details.
Donate: Donate things that you no longer use around the house. A lot of unnecessary things that clutter your house can get in the way of your focus and concentration. Take some time to sort through unused items, and see what you can donate.
Put Things Away Immediately: Instead of saying “I’ll get to it later”, practice putting things away immediately. This will ensure that you can maintain a decluttered living space, while also preserving the integrity of your work environment. If your loved one lives with you, then they can benefit from a clean and organized space, as well.
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