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My name is Helen and I am a committed list maker. I love making lists. Can you relate?
My lists help me juggle multiple ventures and responsibilities. The frustrating aspect is that my to-do list becomes so long that it begins to seriously overwhelm me. Why not figure out another way to organize my to do list so it is more focused and doesn’t make me want to crawl back in bed?
With that question in mind, I decided to try something new. I implemented a post-it note to-do list that is separated into three categories:
I made a page for each category and then used a post-it note for each task I needed to complete. Each note is placed on the corresponding sheet of paper based on the 3 categories of urgency. Here is what mine looks like right now:
Tasks that need to be done today.
Includes tasks that need to be done this week but can wait another day.
My third page: “Future”
Tasks that I want to do in the next month but are not urgent.
If you want, you could choose a color for each category such as home is blue and work is pink. I have mixed feelings about encouraging people to do that. Some individuals tend to over think things and then overwhelm the process which is the last thing I want to do! It’s not necessary but if you are a visual person, it may help you to focus your thoughts on what needs to be done next.
Another suggestion is to use the back of each page to place tasks that you are going to do later in the day. This reduces the number of tasks on one side and helps to keep you focused on those tasks that need to be done immediately.
Obviously, when you are done with an item simply remove it and enjoy placing it in the trash because your are done with it! I am one of those people who get a lot of life by completing tasks on lists. So far, I have been stacking my completed items in a stack on the other side of my notebook. It allows me to look back at all I have done that day and feel accomplished. Hey, it’s all about the small things in life!
I am still in the test drive phase of this post-it note to do list transition. I am giving it a good 6 weeks to see if it helps me to simplify my to-do list and, as a result, prevent feelings of task anxiety. Will you join me on this test drive? If so, give me your thoughts on how it worked for you. Any changes? Any tricks?
Have you ever decided you were going to get organized and began by setting aside a weekend or day to do it? For most people, this would simply not work. Setting up a whole house-organizing project is daunting and many people end up overwhelmed and discouraged.
Don’t even think about attempting to organize this office in one attempt!
Fortunately, there is good news!!! You don’t have to organize every space at once in order to begin your organizing journey! In fact, I would stress that you SHOULDN’T attempt such a feat!
To start, walk around your home and make a list of the spaces that need some help. Be specific and try to break areas down. For example, don’t just write master bathroom. Instead write:
- Master bathroom underneath my sink
- Master bathroom underneath hubby’s sink
- My makeup drawer
- Linen closet
- Master closet top rack
- Master closet shelving area by door, etc…
Next, follow these steps to begin getting organized.
1). Start small. Choose a small space from your list and begin there. Small successes often lead to bigger ones. It also prevents us from getting overwhelmed.
2). Be intentional and schedule a time to start AND end. If you only have one hour to devote to organizing, set a timer and get to work on that one space! Know that when your timer goes off, you are done for that day. Be sure to refer to my post on how to physically organize a space. Also, look to Pinterest for creative ideas on how to maximize your space to function the way you want it to.
3). Maintain. Yep. I have said it before, but you must be intentional about returning everything to its contained home. Some day it WILL become a habit, but in the mean time, remain committed to maintaining what you have already set in place.
4). After you’re done with that one space, reward yourself!
5). Schedule the next item on your list. Once again, being intentional is key!
What space will you start with first?