Simple Tips to Tackle Your Task List

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I love to organize and I want to make it easier for you to feel, stay and be organized.

Let’s talk a little bit about why you may feel disorganized.  So many people tell me that they feel like they can’t get started and they’re overwhelmed thinking of everything that needs to be done.  I can understand.  I’ve let a few things slide and getting them back to a functional level has taken more time, energy and mental focus that I believed it would need.  But there’s hope!

Simple tips when you’re trying to organize anything:

  • Plan your project at a time during the day when you can be the most alert.
  • Only think about what you need to accomplish for a small space or task.
  • Find a quiet place to begin your thinking process – if you don’t have a quiet place, ask for help.  My husband will watch our kids or I’ll plan my time before everyone is awake.

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Lists to save your sanity

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the large amounts of tasks you have to do on a regular basis. And trying to keep everything straight, find time to do it and get it done right can be a trifecta of impossible challenges. But there is hope! By using lists to keep yourself organized, you’ll be much more productive, less stressed and save yourself time in the long run.

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Basic/Daily To-Do List

This list is a basic list of everything you need to do for the day or near future. I have two of these lists: one at home and one at work. Both contain necessary tasks related to my work-life or my home-life (neither contain overlapping tasks). Anything I need to do gets written down on the list and as I complete items, I mark through them so I know when I’m completed. There are many times that I’ll write down to do’s in steps instead of listing the main project. More items to mark off and helps me keep my steps organized. Instead of “Plan event” I will traditionally list “Buy food, send invitations, set-up area, clean-up area, confirm photography. By listing each section, I know exactly what needs to get done and I can make a more detailed to do list for the necessary areas.

Tip! Keep Essential Tasks easy to see. Around this time of year, my Daily To-Do list can become 3-5 pages long. I put a “*” in front of all of the tasks I must get done immediately, so I know what to focus on. I also list due dates on upcoming tasks to ensure I get tasks done on time.

Bonus! Write down extended/major to do items on your Project Task List. This keeps your Daily To-Do List active and makes it easier to see your accomplishments. The Project Task List can include items like SparkBooks or scrapbooks, photo/video transfer & organization, organizing kids clothes, home repair, etc.

Trifecta! If necessary, write your Cleaning Task List separate from your Daily To Do list. This is usually my Saturday morning list. I make a list of the things to clean in the house and everyone picks what they’ll be doing that day. When our family works together, it makes the cleaning much quicker and easier! In the past (for work), I had a detailed list of what needed to be cleaned and how often. This was great for keeping our business to standards, but I’ve found at home, it’s much easier to see what needs to be done and make an as-needed list.

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