Sometimes it seems like there is too much to get done. After a long day at work there are fuzzy memories of bills to be paid and phone calls that need to be returned (on top of all the daily tasks such as doing dishes and making dinner.) I sometimes get lost in what needs to go where and who needs to be what. …see what I mean?
This problem can be solved every time by making a list. A list is a lovely visual model of everything that needs to be accomplished, that leads to enhanced brain organization. It can be made in the form of an outline, on a handy-dandy laptop, or scribbled recklessly on the back of an envelope. I prefer to use a nice clean pad of paper and a pen.
I’ll start with what needs to be done first and work from there. If there is a limited amount of time, or I just want to be time efficient, I will allot a certain amount of time for every item .For example: “sweep–20 minutes.”
When there are a lot of tasks that need to be completed, I even include very obvious items that conventionally shouldn’t be included (like “eat breakfast.”) By crossing off items that I would have completed anyways, the momentum is going and I feel that I can tackle the entire list of chores/errands. I’ll start in the beginning of the day and work forward. Here’s a “busy-day” list example:
Make coffee—5 minutes
Clear off counter—3 minutes
Make breakfast—30 minutes
Wake up Grey
Start a load of laundry
Pray and eat breakfast—30 minutes
Get dressed—40 minutes
Go to bank—15 minutes
Post office—30 minutes
Grocery store—30 minutes
Work Out—60 minutes
Make dinner—60 minutes
Do dishes—30 minutes
Of course I may not stick to the timeline exactly, but it is just something to shoot for. Also, this doesn’t outline everything that occurs in the day (talking to family, spending time with Grey, watching a movie etc.) And it is not a model of everyday, it is just an example of how I make my lists when there are a lot of things to be accomplished.
Lists do not always have to be that detailed either. Sometimes after coming home from work I will get organized by jotting down a couple of errands before returning home to cook dinner. Like this:
- PG& E
- City water
Go to Walgreens:
- Put pictures in to be picked up
- Nail Polish
The point of all this is: If you are feeling overwhelmed by a never-ending list of “to-dos” in your head…write those tasks down! Then… reward yourself by crossing them off.
Hope your day is accomplished.
Grey and Brianna