If you’re like me, your life is awfully busy sometimes. Even a little overwhelming.
While I was in school, I often felt overwhelmed. I had homework to do, a full time job, various writing projects like composing a blog, editing a blog, writing press releases and working on my flash fiction. Plus the regular stuff like doing laundry, mowing the lawn, working out, visiting family and let’s not forget, having fun! (Having fun should always be a priority.)
I had a lot on my plate.
Even now that I’m out of school, I still have a lot on my plate. I have the shop now, and I still have a day job. And my various writing projects + all that regular stuff.
That means staying organized is incredibly important. And how do I do that?
The answer may not be revolutionary, but it is effective.
I make lists.
You might be surprised how satisfying and effective a list can be. Not to mention multi-purpose.
Going to Target? Make a list of the things you need to buy. And then stick to it. You will save $$$. (I occasionally make this happen.)
Taking a trip? Make a list of all the things you need to pack. Then check the items off as you place them in your suitcase.
Getting ready for a big event? Make a list. This can be a simple To-Do List, or you can go all in and create a more elaborate Excel document or calendar.
When I was getting ready to launch the Vintage Modern shop, I made a list of all the things I had left to complete, created an Excel document and then I divided these tasks into groups, grouping about 3 tasks into each week. Not only did this keep me on track time-wise, but it also made my VERY long To-Do List seem doable.
And that is probably the best thing about making a list. Even when it seems like you have a million things to do, if you write it down on a piece of paper and then start crossing things off, you have a visual reminder that your gigantic list now has one less thing on it.
And it is a great feeling to drop it down from 1,000,0000 to 999,999. I mean that is a whole digit off your list, right?