Running a household can be crazy at times! here are my best tips to organize daily to-do lists to keep everything in perspective!
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Begin the Night Before
You will have a better organizational outcome if you take the time to plan your day the night before. Use just a blank piece of paper or a printable chore list.
No matter what method you choose, you want to detail the next day at a time you aren't overwhelmed. Take a moment to write down all the things you need to get done, by order of importance. This will help keep your to-do list in perspective. if you don't get to the less important tasks, no big deal!
This will also keep you from forgetting to add things when the day becomes hectic.
Break down tasks by chores or errands!
Every to-do list can be organized by ‘chore' or ‘errand.' This also helps keep perspective and even allows you to delegate responsibility – like the cleaning!
Can your partner handle the errands for a day? This lets you clean the house, and vice versa. It's also a great way to figure out what chores are more necessary before errands can be completed. Like running to the store for laundry detergent before realizing you started the load without soap.
Take Each Task One Step At the Time
Sometimes, daily to-do lists can cause more anxiety than it's supposed to. That's because a long list itself can get overwhelming at times! Try to remember that it's just a list of tasks-it won't eat you!
Go down the list and tackle one thing at a time. Sorting my importance helps, so if you never get to the small stuff like organizing the bookshelf, it isn't a big deal. You picked up the dry cleaning and that's more important! When you're done, don't forget to cross that chore off your list!
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Don't Multi-Task The Daily To-Do Lists
This probably goes against everything you've been taught, but trust me. Some things should not be done all at once.
When you try to multi-task too many projects at once, it's easy to end up with a whole lot of ‘nothing done.' You've got the bedroom covered in piles of half-folded laundry, carpet fresh powder all over the carpets, and struggling to finish that morning cup of coffee while answering emails all at once. Slow down!
Stick to your list, or even divide the list more. Instead of “wash dishes”, plan out smaller steps like ‘load the dishwasher.' If it takes an hour for the dishes to get done, you can focus on other projects until the later step on your daily to-do list; ‘unload dishwasher'.
The secret is you're still multi-tasking, but it doesn't seem that way. Plus, you'll avoid getting too many things going all at once, and becoming overwhelmed.
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Move Unfinished Tasks to The Next Day's Daily To-Do Lists
To keep organized daily to-do lists in check, remember what you didn't get done. But don't stress! Just move those things to the next day's list.
This helps you not only keep up with what wasn't accomplished. But, can give you the motivation to finish everything later.
Keep A Good Planner
Daily planners are awesome, and a great way to stay organized. Plus, with all the planners available in the world, it's easy to find one that suits your exact needs. Utilize them!
When your chore lists become more streamlined and easier to manage, you'll find your productivity soar!
It's easier to keep a tidy list than you think…
The key is to plan out the day when you're relaxed. Don't take on too much at once. And always remember if something doesn't get done, you can move it to another list, and call it a day!
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