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Good Night To-Do List

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on October 28, 2014 in life |

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,

 

 

 

MS. Simplicity

 

 

 

Serving the Fargo-Moorhead area as well as North Dakota and South Dakota. Also seeking new representatives for Clever Container in all areas of the country.

 

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Decluttering After A Divorce

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized |

I recently had a friend over for dinner who has gone through a divorce and I peppered her with questions. I am always fascinated by divorces, not because I am planning one, but simply because being a family law lawyer was a part of my life for so long. I like seeing how people can get [...]

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Four Things That You Can Do Today To Help You Sleep

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on October 13, 2014 in Family, life, Moms, Uncategorized |

I don’t know about you but I seem to have that nagging voice in my head that is on a never ending loop. I also know that I am not the only one with this nagging voice in their head. When I work with my clients, I find that they too have the same voice [...]

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Empty That Bucket List

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on October 7, 2014 in Uncategorized |

I am a firm believer in the bucket list. This is the list I have in my mind of things I want to do or accomplish. These are my dreams. These are things that are often so out of reach, I don’t think I am ever going to accomplish them. I have a friend who [...]

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A Life of Missed Opportunity

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized |

I was reminded last week about the company Kodak. Remember them? They had cornered the market on photo paper and photo processing. And then the digital camera came along and to add fuel to the fire of their company collapse, the cell phone with great cameras. People simply stopped processing their pictures. Kodak missed the turn [...]

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Life After Another Bird Flys Away

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on September 23, 2014 in Family, life, Moms |

I am now one month out from dropping our middle son off at college 250 miles away. When we did this with our oldest son two years ago, it was an exciting adventure. I can now admit that with the middle son it was the apprehension that just about killed me. I was so anxious [...]

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Having Control of Your Calendar

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on September 16, 2014 in Family, life, Moms |

Too often I see people out of control with their lives. Some people have no choice as they are going through things like illness, divorce, death, working several jobs or even job loss. But for many it is the fact that they are just too busy. But there is hope out there, we can take control of our [...]

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The Organized Student

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on September 9, 2014 in Family, life, Moms |

With school in session, many students are feeling the crunch of having to get it all done with limited hours. We are all over scheduled and over tired. We try to do everything and try to say yes to everything. But remember the power of the word “no”. This year my middle son started college [...]

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Holding On

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on September 2, 2014 in Family, life, Moms |

Admit it, you have that pile of things that need to be mailed or dropped off to a family or a friend. The pile always grows and never seems to disappear. It may be an article in the newspaper that you thought they might like. Or it may be your son’s hand me down jeans [...]

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Boxing Up A Life Part Two

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 24, 2014 in Uncategorized |

  Last week I blogged about how painful it was to pack up my son as he prepares to move 250 miles away to college this week. I not only packed up the stuff he was taking to college, but also the stuff he was leaving behind. This one container of memories will go to [...]

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