Uncomplicated your life!
Don’t you agree that sometimes we make things way too complicated? We are so busy, it’s hard to stay organized and on top of everything. For me, I get a few things done- and here comes more, more and more to do items and it is hard to keep up.Below I share a few simple tips that help me stay organized…it parts of my business and personal life..at least in some areas.
Someone calls and needs us to do something and we write it down on a scrap of paper or text it to yourself (Come on you know you do!) or a multiple host of other ways you to keep track of your to- do lists! How many times though are we losing things, forgetting because the note wasn’t in front of us or we are so overwhelmed that we just don’t know where to start?! Who feels me!?! Streamlining those projects and things we have to do can certainly help your day be more productive. Instead of looking for that note, “Where did I put it?!” We can cross things off our lists. I absolutely LOVE when I finish something even if it just a small thing. Something so satisfactory about that check mark!
For me, I still use a paper planner. I know what you are thinking. Social Media girl who still uses a paper planner? I love the feel of paper! So, everything personal, business, home life ALL goes into that ONE planner. Why have separate ones for work or personal and risk planning something on the same day? Tooooo much to keep up with! Sounds silly but this works for me-If a client sends me a request, I screen shot it immediately. I have trained myself to check my screenshot folder on my cell phone daily and write it down on my paper planner (typically I have it with me though!) Tell me when you don’t have your cell for ten minutes, you know you do! I always make sure I pick a small enough planner that I carry it with me almost everywhere. So, screenshot to planner! That’s it! it isn’t rocket science and if it was- I wouldn’t know how to do it. HA. I do have a notepad next to my bed and don’t feel like using my phone (Oh yeah, sometimes I need a break!) just in case I need to write something down, check it daily and write it in the paper planner. but this is a rare case because it is once again, another thing that can get lost or forgotten.
If you think of something you need to do even if it isn’t for someone else, send yourself a text and use the screen shot method as I mentioned above. It works for your reminders too, not just business. Grocery list, people to call, reminder for your spouse..etc! The reason I say text and then take a screenshot is so that is doesn’t get lost in your texts- remember I am daily checking the screenshot folder so my texts to self- would be in the folder! Oh yes, I text myself. Is that not a thing?!?!
** Delete those screenshots after you write it on your planner or add it to your online calendar. Or, you will just have another thing to do later. DO IT NOW-don’t get frustrated later.
A few systems that you can remember and get in the daily habit of. Keep it simple, you will be more likely to stay calm and get things done. This concept works if your a digital person as well. Use your screenshot folder then make notes on whatever online calendar you use. That is if you can’t write it on the calendar immediately. Technology is not always our friend ya know. 1 or 2 places MAX, pick a simple method and STICK WITH IT. No more looking for that damn sticky note. No more forgetting because you have the simple habit in place. You may think my idea is odd so come up with your own! There is a method to my madness, find your own method.
POINT BEING-Simple and consistent is the key! Stop over complicating and take a few minutes to come up with a system that is simple and works for you. Don’t toss the sticky notes though, they are good for other things!
I use time blocking when I am working from home and I always do the thing I dread the most-first. Get it out of the way and go about your day.