Everyone has created a to do list at one time or another. How useful they are and how effective they are however, can vary. Ever felt like a to do list just made your things to do just feel more daunting? Ever add things you already did to your list just so you can check things off? In this post we will talk about how to create a to do list that causes less stress, and helps you feel accomplished at the end of the day.
This is the first step in creating your to do list and can be done either first thing in the morning or right before bed. I personally prefer creating my list before bed. I feel that when I write done what I have to get done before bed, it helps clear my brain and allows me to fall asleep faster and easier. So, for the brain dump, you list everything thing you can think of that has to get done. This can be work related, family related, personal; just anything you need to get done. Examples can include complete a project at work, buy a gift for someone, file out paperwork for child's school, etc. This list can and should be far more than you could ever hope to accomplish in one day. This list should be written down, on paper. If you want to add it to your phone later by taking a picture of it or something, that's fine, but initially, it should be on paper.
Once you have listed everything you can think of, it's time to prioritize. This is the hard part, but the most important. You need to look at your list and choose the 3 things that must happen today. That's it, three things. These are the things that must happen today no matter what. For example, if your work project is due today, that's one of the things on your list. If the birthday party is 2 weeks away, maybe buying a present is not a must do, yet. When you first try this, you may feel a little cut-throat, but you really can't do it all. Why stress yourself with a huge unwieldy list that you definitely cannot complete. Once you pick your three things, write them down on the opposite side of your paper. This is your to do list.
Now when you start your day, you have a plan for what needs to get done. If possible, try to complete these tasks early in the day, so you know that they will get done. If I have a blog post to write, I try to get it done as early in the day as possible, that way when things come up, its already done. A bonus is if you complete your 3 things early on, you can flip your list over and try to do something else on your mega list. This should definitely seen as a bonus. You only need to complete your 3 items for the day. At the end of the day your whole to do list will be completed and some days you might even get more done. How's that for your sense of accomplishment at the end of the day!
For the following day, your brain dump should be that much quicker. You can take the items that didn't make the cut the day before and add any new tasks that have come up. The repeat the process daily and see how much you can accomplish in a week! Having a manageable to do list does wonders for your frame of mind. Sometimes when we have too much to do, it's hard to even find where to start. But with only three things to do, you can feel far more motivated to get things done.
Hope this helps with your to do list!
Every once in a while, I sit and dream about what it would be like to have one of those big, spacious, clean bedrooms like in the HGTV Dream Home. In reality, my bedroom is a lot smaller, not as nicely furnished, and can get cluttered from time to time. While I can't increase the size of your room, the following list will get you a lot closer to the feel of your dream bedroom by completing small manageable tasks.
It happens to all of us. We have the best of intentions for an organized pantry. We plan to use things before they expire and keep things rotating. Then one day we look in our pantry and it's a mess. Something has spilled, other things have expired and our organized rows have become a jumble. When you don't have time to really take apart your pantry, here are some quick tips to help it feel more organized.
Have you ever looked at your overloaded closet and thought "I have nothing to wear"? I would love to overhaul my closet. I have been putting this off for a while. A long while. Usually you go through your closet and look at what you haven't worn in a while and use that to help you determine whether or not you should keep it. I couldn't really do that for a while. First I was pregnant, so nothing fit. Then I had to lose the baby weight so only some things fit. Now most things fit but I'm breastfeeding. That means even if they fit, a lot of high neckline shirts aren't being worn.
Have you ever felt like you cannot keep up with the influx of paper in your home? Every day more and more paper comes in, but who has time to go through it all. I though it was bad before, but now with kids, the amount of paper coming in has multiplied. I have found a system that I use to manage the influx of paper in my house. Now I know what to keep and where it belongs so I don't have piles of paper on my counters, dining room table, side table, and pretty much every surface in my home.
As of this Friday, I will be 34 weeks pregnant with baby Hailey. This means it's time to start packing go bags for the hospital. This time we have an extra person to pack for. T will be spending time at grandma's while mom and dad are at the hospital. This will be his first overnight away from home, so we want to make sure he is as comfortable as possible. I have thus created a hospital bag and sibling bag checklist. The first is a list of items for Mom, Dad, and Baby, and the second is a list for the older sibling(s).
Two easy to use apps that you can use to help make money doing things that you already do.
With all the credit card spending going on this month, I thought I'd share my how to guide to never miss a bill. In order to keep track of all of the payments I need to make each month, I put together a spreadsheet of all of our household bills and when they are due. This helps me keep track of due dates without having to worry about if I received a physical bill or not. In our house, I do all of the bill paying. Therefore, my husband gives me his portion of the bill money, and I issue all the payments. This spreadsheet also helps me determine how much he owes for the month.