Every Sunday night I sit down with a notebook (still very much into writing things down, sorry all of you techies) and write down my to-do list. I get work stuff done first, then write down family/personal to-dos. While I aim to just make it a one-day list for Monday, it never works — it ends up being more of a week to-do list. I like this process because it helps me get an idea of what I need to accomplish and what I need to remember.
But the list is usually really long. So once I’ve got it down, I go through it again — I put a star next to some items which are important, I circle others, which I know I just can’t forget. It ends up being more messy than I’d like.
After I finished my list tonight I looked at it and then opened a new, fresh page and wrote down the following:
- 1 thing I MUST do this week at work:
- 1 thing I MUST do this week at home:
- 1 thing I will do for me this week:
- 1 thing I will do daily this week:
- 1 thing I will let go this week:
I filled in the blank after each of these bullet points, ripped out the page, and put it next to my computer. There is something refreshing about this very short list of very important things I want to remember for this week. It’s not a replacement of my to-do list, but a kind of executive summary, a quick daily reminder of what HAS to get done.
All of your organizing wizards are shaking your heads, thinking this is so obvious I should have been doing this already. For the rest of us, I hope this is something that can help you organize your ultra-busy life and focus on some key priorities.
I have to say, the last bullet point is my favorite. I’m trying to learn to let some things go. There, now you know — I’m a non-perfectionist in the making (it’s going to be a LONG process!) I think it’s something all of us busy working moms should try to do — let stuff go. So this week, I’m going to ignore the dust. Yes, it’s something I need to learn to ignore, you can go and make fun of me now.
Do you make a quick list like this? Do you have other ways of organizing your to-do list that you find helpful? Share, we can all learn something!
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