Posts by Melissa Schmalenberger:
I have been struggling with remembering what I need to do the next day as I am falling asleep, then I lie there awake thinking I can’t forget to do this. Meanwhile I lie awake. Sleep is elusive and instead of grabbing a pen and writing it down I toss and turn all night while my subconscious stays awake. One thing that has really helped me is my smart phone. I have a button I push and tell it my reminder. It will ask me what time I want the reminder and I tell it and confirm and all is good and I can go to sleep.
But what if I was more intentional before I even laid down? What if I sat down at night and spent just a few minutes writing down my to-do list. My college roommate did that every night and she ended up doing ok for herself professionally. She was intentional, every night the list came out. She had a plan. She had great time management skills!
So if you are like me and want to be more intentional about your list before you hit the hay, here are some tips to try:
1. Focus on your top three. So often we get bogged down on the details and we forget that if we just get some of the big things out of the way first our day will open with ease. Often I spend my day worrying about the big things that I completely avoid them. If I could focus on the big three, then I can fill in the rest of the day with my smaller tasks.
2. Schedule your top three. Yes actually find time when you are going to get the big three done. Don’t try to just shove them in wherever. Take a good look at blocks of time in your schedule the next day and put down those big three. Make sure that you have a good estimation of the time before you schedule. You don’t want to underestimate or overestimate, you want it just right.
3. Turn off distractions. Yes it is easy when you first start your work day to check email or social media. But we are like the dog in “UP” and are easily distracted by every squirrel that goes by, or in my case videos of cute baby animals!
4. Don’t multitask. Yes we know it can be done, but very few of us are good at it. Focus on one project at a time and don’t move on until your time is up or the project is over. Don’t think that you can write a blog and do your laundry while making dinner. Guilty! The clothes will be wrinkled, the dinner will burn and you will miss your deadline!
So how about we turn off our brain for the night and focus on cows jumping over the moon and the quiet old lady whispering hush? I promise to try to be more intentional about my to-do list if you will too!
To Joyful, Simplified Organizing,
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