Details, details and more details! This is my life as a mother and as a social media manager. Each day, I have two 'to-do' lists to keep track of - the things at the office that need to get done and the things at home that need to get done. I keep a list of the days of the week and the tasks that need to get done each day. If I can get more done on one day, then I can catch up on other stuff, if not, then the things I didn’t get done today are the first thing I do the next day.
But let’s face it, we all struggle to organize and to prioritize. This is a challenge for some and a battle for others. The important thing is to find a method that works for you. You may have to try a few before you find the right one, but once you do, your life will be much easier.
Michael Schechter talks about “The Four Pillars of A Productive Foundation” and the four key areas that need to be dealt with before we can ever do the things that we hope to accomplish in our lives. Having a good foundation to any process is important.
Gini Dietrich recently published, “Technology vs. Paper for Your Task List.” I personally use both. I have my iPad on me at all times so that I can reference what I already have scheduled, but I also keep everything written down. Like Gini, I also get great satisfaction from physically checking something off my list.
Here are a few things I recommend to keep organized:
- Prioritize. Identify what needs to get done and in what order.
- Write it down. Put it in a list from most important to least important.
- Consider Timeliness. If the task is time specific, write the time it needs to be done next to it.
- Visibility. Keep your list in front of you (out of sight out of mind).
- Re-prioritize. Go over your list at the end of the day, re-prioritize if need be.
- Keep it simple! Do not over-organize your organization.
- Do not stress. Last but not least, do not freak out of something doesn’t get done. The world will not end!
How do you keep organized? Share your tips!