If you are generally disorganized, get a spiral notebook and start making lists. Start by writing today's date followed by everything you need to do that day. As you finish items, cross them out with a single line, so you can still read what it said. If there is anything still on your list at the end of the day, write it at the top of the list the following day. Start your day with a list and you get more done.
I AM NOT DISORGANIZED, QUITE THE OPPOSITE BUT I MAKE A LIST OF EVERYTHING I NEED TO DO THAT DAY AND AS I DO EACH ONE I CROSS IT OFF SO I KNOW I AM GETTING EVERYTHING I HOPED TO GET ACCOMPLISHED THAT DAY DONE. AND IT ALSO SHOWS ME HOW PRODUCTIVE I'VE BEEN .EVERYONE AT WORK AND HOME MAKES FUN OF ME AND MY LISTS BUT I RARELY FORGET TO DO OR GET SOMETHING
A daily list is the secret to life.
I've always been a list maker as well. When I retired a couple of years ago, I read on this site or another one a suggestion to write down only 5 things you want to accomplish today, because if you write down 10 things and only accomplish 5, you will feel like a failure. If you complete the 5 items for today and have more time and want to do more, you can always find things to do. I took that to heart for a while to establish a new routine for myself, but now I'm back to writing everything little thing down, so I can see how much I've accomplished every day.
I prioritize my list, some things are more important than others. Also, I cross out completed items with different color markers. Looks so pretty when completed.
It's amazing what a difference having a list does for the head. If I don't have a list to go by, and I forget to do something, I kick myself over and over about it. But when I have a list written out, and I wasn't able to accomplish a particular task, I simply save it for the next day. No problem, because at least I tried. I can end the day knowing that I will get it done eventually.
My husband jokes that I make lists of my lists! I love lists!! I always have a list for everyday, for the week and for the month! I make out my list for the month of things I want to accomplish from there every week I make a list and pick things from the monthly list to try and accomplish.
Then every night I make a list for the next day from the weekly list. I am a very organized person but the memory is starting to go so I write down everything. I would rather have something go on to the next days list then be forgotten altogether. I also keep a pen and 3x5 cards by my bed because it never fails once I get in bed I think of something that needs done the following day.
I am a "lister" also and the only thing that hasn't been mentioned here is that you may want to colorcode by making a tiny colored square with a magic marker before each item for different categories. Eg: red for family, blue for neighbors, green for health etc. [Works on calendar page too!]
An asterisk [*] or star before one or two items calls my attention to inportance for that day.
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