As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Organization (By a Non-Guru) :: Tip 2

Keep a daily list.

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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  1. Hi Cheryl,
    I just found your blog. Keeping a list works for me too. I love the simplicity of it. Although, I think I'll try out your ideas and I'll also check out the link. Btw, I was a homeschooling mom but my baby graduated this past year from our homeschool.

  2. Hello - I just found your blog from a link on Carols.
    I keep a list just like you do, in a 10 cent spiral. Somedays I get it all done and somedays I don't. I've tried more complicated planners but just my own list works best and easiest for me

  3. Yes, Rhonda, the list is just simple enough to work, isn't it? And on the days that I just jump in and neglect to make a list, I wonder why I didn't!
    Thanks for stopping by... :-)


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