Pssst...remember when I told you that my tips (being from a non-guru and all) would be simple?
Today's tip is quite simple, but keeping a daily list is a big help to me in organizing my time and my thoughts. I was inspired by this idea from Anna over at Pleasant View Schoolhouse (a beautiful homemaking blog).
I have a small (7x5) spiral notebook that is my daily organizer. No fancy charts and sheets or somebody else's organizational style. Each morning, I simply write the date at the top and then list everything that I would like to accomplish that day: daily chores, appointments, notes to write, errands, phone calls to make, craft projects, cleaning projects, and so on. I will also jot down lists of things I need to take to a certain place, phone numbers, and appointment times. In the bottom corner, I write out our dinner menu for the day.
I work from this list all day, checking things off as they are accomplished. (Isn't "checking" a satisfactory experience? Does anyone else ever add something that you've already done to a list, just for the pleasure of checking it off?) P
Benefits of the daily list...
- Helps me to remember what needs to be done.
- Helps me to prioritize my time.
- If I have a short time between activities, I can scan the list for something that will fit that amount of time.
- I can check things off. ~smile~
When the notebook is filled, I go back through to see if there is anything that needs to be saved. (For example, I have saved the list of items to take to our extended family Christmas party...just tucked in the back of my current notebook. Then next year, I don't have to rack my brain to remember those details.)
Do you keep lists? (Do you like to check? P)
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