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Organizing Your Thoughts

by Debbie Bowden  of Organize Now

We’ve all had days, weeks, months where there is just too much to do. Let’s say you have three major projects at work, the kids all have after school activities, your mother needs a ride to the doctor, the dust is an inch thick in your house, and the laundry is looking like a monster from the Saturday morning cartoons. Whew! Where to you start? Everything needs to be taken care of now!

Just like organizing your space can help make you feel at peace in your home, so can organizing your thoughts. Situations like the one I describe above call for more than just a To Do list because of the pressure of the deadline. You need to take the mental organization one step further.

Despite the deadlines, not everything has to be now. In every case, there is an order of priority. It’s finding that priority that can seem daunting, and it calls for breaking down all that you have to do into manageable tasks day by day.

Taking the example above:

  • Work projects: which project or project task has the closest deadline? You should concentrate on that first. You might try to work on the least time-consuming yet productive task so that something is done.
  • Kids’ activities: Look for an alternate transportation option. Perhaps call in a favor and ask your neighbor to drop off and pick up the kids.
  • Taking Mom to the doctor: this may be your one number priority because the appointment can’t be changed. You will need some creative juggling in your schedule to ensure she makes it on time.
  • Household chores: this should be at the bottom of your list. Unless you are having a Presidential visit (or even more importantly, a mother-in-law visit), the dust and laundry can wait. If it bothers you too much, perhaps leave all the lights off so you don’t see the dust, and shut the door to the laundry room.

The most important thing to remember is that available time is cyclical. At some point your schedule will free up. When that happens, I absolutely recommend reading a book, taking nap or going a massage. After all, the dusting can always wait.

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