Write down the things you need to get done daily and prioritize them from most important to least important.
Lists seem simple and cheesy but they really help to prevent feeling overwhelmed.
Writing out a list helps you visualize what needs to be done and allows you to prioritize.
- On Monday, laundry may be #1 on the list because everyone has been sick and needs clean sheets and non-germy clothes
- On Wednesday, grocery shopping may be #1 because there is no food left in the house
Lists also make it easier to see where certain “to-do” items might overlap, meaning you can plan accordingly and get it all done more efficiently.
I would physically change my list to this:
Now, I makes more sense. I can do the household chores like ironing and cleaning the bathroom at the same time and personally, I would do them first to get them over with.
Next, I obviously need to leave the house and I would prefer to make sure I finish it all in one trip versus forgetting and having to go out again.
And last but not least, my peaceful, most enjoyable task of the day is sitting down to write. It is my “reward” for finishing everything else but also, now that I don’t have those other things weighing on my mind, I can relax and concentrate.
We all know that this strategy won’t always work. Kids get sick, you get a flat tire…you know, LIFE happens.
And I will be the first to tell you that I don’t always stick to this BUT I can also promise you that on days where I do make a list and I prioritize it, I am at least 75% more likely to get most of the list done. (Give or take!)
Save time: Make a list and prioritize it