Now the big clean-out seems to be looming in the future – at least at my house. It hasn’t happened yet. I hope that it will soon. But admitting that it needs to happen is the first step, right? I have identified the problem. And I know what I want it to look like. But finding the time to get it started, let alone get it done – with all the other daily stuff that the house and people IN the house need – is a task in itself!
So I’m going to talk about another organizing tool – or torture devise – depending on how you see it! The To Do list! Some people love writing out lists and checking things off – and some people just keep the list in their head. But however you do it, you’ve got a list. Somewhere. And as for me, I have a ton lists. A daily list. A long term list. A weekly list. Lots of lists!
So to those that do not like the list, here are some benefits to making to do lists – about anything, really – long term projects, daily tasks, things to get, things to do. And some ways to use the list, once you have made it!
Visualize – You get to see what needs to be done. Sometimes the task seems so big, that when you write a list, it doesn’t seem so bad. Or the flip side of that – the task seems simple, but when broken down, it is revealed to be more involved.
Prioritize – Having the tasks written out helps you see what needs to be done first, get you on the right track and keep you on the track!
Sorting and Grouping – The list will also help you sort and group items together – making things a little easier…
Delegate – This is a great way to get through the list faster. Get some helper!
Remember – And yes, the list will help you remember what needs to be done.
However, there are some bad things to making lists. Yes, I know, I just said that. Unbelievable, right? But this is where I am most of the time.
Lose the list – Where did it go? Now what? I wrote it down to remember.
- Go digital with backups. Or store lists in a notebook or journal.
No action – You get caught in just making lists and nothing ever gets done. Then the list keeps growing and overwhelms you.
Dreaming too big – Sometimes you add too much to the list or start getting too deep – instead of focusing on “first things”
- For these two, start small and keep things focused on one topic or area
Making vague lists – Not being specific enough about what needs to be done can be immobilizing.
- Instead of saying “clean room” say “fold clothes, make bed, etc”
So with those ideas in mind, let’s make some lists!!