I've been thinking a lot about my so-called mommy to do list lately. Is there a mama out there who doesn't feel like she has a never-ending to-do list? It sure can feel overwhelming.
I used to think I would get more organized and eventually get my list whittled down. My mantra became: “Tomorrow, I will.” But every day adds new tasks, right mamas?
Multitasking is one way to tackle the inevitably large list. But just like our email in-boxes, if we don't make a plan for cleaning it up and get focused, it will only continue to grow. Too, we often end up tackling the easier, less important, short-term tasks, right?
5 Tips for Tackling Your Mommy To Do List
Here are five ways I've been working on tackling my to-do list, making it more manageable and less stressful!
- Write it out. Getting organized by writing everything out is the first step. See what's actually on your plate. There are all kinds of gadgets available for reminding ourselves. We certainly can keep an ongoing list in the notes section on our phones. But to be honest, actually writing it out–with a pen and paper–works best for me.
- Categorize your short-term versus long-term tasks and goals. Often we do the easy stuff that's not as important first, right? The tasks that give us more immediate results. But step back and take a good look at the bigger picture. Sometimes we just need to dig in and finish the hard stuff. Otherwise, the important stuff will keep getting pushed away. It'll never get done. Or, it'll get tackled at the eleventh hour. And we all know how that goes.
- Chop off that last half of your list and tuck it away. It's like using the Boomerang program for your in-box messages. Let's face it, mamas. We aren't going to get to everything. Truth be told, some things may not even need doing. Am I right? You can always get out that less important list if you finish the important stuff, but give yourself a break. Make it more manageable visually and practically.
- Prioritize your top three short-term tasks each day and work toward one long-term goal. Keeping it limited to three tasks makes it so much more manageable. You have your list, so you know you will get to the other stuff another day. This way you can do what needs to get done, do it well, and feel a sense of completion and accomplishment. Even setting aside 10 minutes for the long-term task adds up over several days, doesn't it?
- Most importantly, cross it off! Cross off what you do each day! It feels like an accomplishment and if you have an actual, tangible, hand-written list, the act of crossing things off feels so good. (At least it does for me.) Then I can relax, knowing the rest will be addressed tomorrow. I have my plan.
It seems so simple, doesn't it mamas? But I wasn't doing this and things were getting accomplished haphazardly. Some things were being forgotten. Other less important, easier things were crowding out the important stuff.
Checking tasks off feels so good, doesn't it? Just like decluttering anything, taking the time to get organized, really thinking about your priorities and just doing it makes it so much easier. We just need to take that first step, mamas. Step by step!
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