- Get a notebook or binder. Keep your lists in one spot. Sticky notes everywhere do not help you remember.
- Date your list.
- Create lists of things you need to do.
- Divide the list. Stay organized by subdividing your list. A general list might have subcategories of errands you need to run, things you need to buy, calls to make, stuff to do at your computer and things to do around the home. At work, those subcategories would relate to different tasks you need to do. Grouping them into categories helps you make good use of your time- such as running all the errands at once or not forgetting things at the store.
- Mark things off. That is a feel-good task.
- Watch the date. If you listed things and days passed, it is time to move that item to the top of the list.
- End each day with highlighting the two most important tasks for tomorrow morning. This way you’ll hit the ground running.
- Choose the worst first. If you get the worst item done, you’ll feel great and the rest of the day will be easy.
- Know from the start you’ll NEVER finish your list or even shorten it. That is because you’ll always think of another thing to do. That’s normal. You are keeping track and hitting deadlines. It’s not about having nothing left to do.
Until next time …