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DEVELOP A DAILY HAVE-TO LIST
If you are busy organizing the church festival, can you let the dusting go? Sure. Can you let the dishes go? No! There's a fine line between busy people who get overwhelmed and those who remain in control. What is it? The dividing line is made by knowing what work can be skipped and what must be done. Make a list of daily have-tos and get in the habit of doing them quickly, efficiently, and faithfully.
What kinds of things are daily have-tos? Bonnie McCullough, author of Totally Organized, says everyone will have a slightly different list, but each person should have one! Divide your list into morning and evening have-tos. Your morning list might include things like: make bed, pack lunches, decide on dinner menu, wash breakfast dishes, get Krissy dressed, bathe the baby, Krissy's bed made, and write today's to-do list. If you feel especially unorganized in the morning, you might even add shower, teeth, hair, and fix breakfast to your list to be sure these get done each day! (No kidding-didn't you as a busy young mom get to bedtime and realize you never brushed your teeth that day?)
Your evening list might include: prepare dinner, wash dinner dishes, pick up toys, bedtime story, and write in journal. If you're not a morning person you might prefer to organize your to-do list for tomorrow in the evening. Write out your list; make 42 copies and post them in an easy-to-see place. Cross off each item as you do it each day. Do it faithfully for six weeks; some experts say that anything done consistently for six weeks becomes a lifetime habit. You'll become so good at going through your routine; you'll hardly have to think about it any more. It will become automatic and you'll find your day is that much more organized. It's worth taking the time to develop some good habits!
posted on: 7/6/2010 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.