I like being organized. Okay, I love it. I love being organized. And I’m also pretty forgetful. Therefore, keeping a to-do list is non-negotiable for me. I have to know what’s going on, and I need to have something to keep me on track.
I kept a long running legal pad of my daily to-dos. It was wonderful: making the long list, checking it off, filling a page, then scratching out every last thing.
Except it seldom worked.
The list never got finished, and at any given moment I knew 20 different things I wanted to get accomplished. My list was always too long, had no sense of priority, and never got checked off. I never felt the reward of finishing a list. Honestly, it stressed me out! Everyday when the list still had more to finish, I felt like I failed.
It was time for a new system. I’ve always heard it’s good to break down tasks and goals in categories: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. I finally bought in. I couldn’t deal with a jumbled list for much longer.
I changed my plan to a pinterest-like system… yes, it’s dry-erase on a picture frame. But the best thing I like about my new weekly schedule, is that each day only has room for a handful of tasks – much more realistic! Not to mention, much easier to prioritize. It’s much smaller than a legal pad per day, and it’s much more manageable. I have household cleaning, paperwork, and other weekly tasks assigned to different days. I also keep the goals section for items that might take a few weeks to get done. If I have free time, I pick one. Otherwise, when they become urgent, I’ll assign them to a day of the week. But that way, it keeps them on my mind, without making me feel guilty for not getting them done.