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Managing Life With Lists

Managing Life With Lists

Happy Friday! It seems like weeks are flying by and the only mark of progress I see is my son growing up – when his t-shirts are snug and once-too-big shoes look small. This summer has been quite eventful with mr. swytch casually mentioning that we should get basement renovated with senior mr. swytch (my father-in-law) voting for it and now I have my in-laws in my son’s room and  my husband’s office in the dining room. The basement is gutted – from ceiling to the floor and under. We managed to put ALL of the basement stuff in the garage and still having space to park our cars. Things started to get out of hand when I couldn’t find anything even when it was sitting right in front me. Information overload (IO) in my head prompted me to force myself to write into my trusty Journal which I hadn’t done in over a month.

Writing things that otherwise keep floating in the ether of neurons and then come to haunt at night are somewhat manageable when put onto a paper.

Here is what has worked for me so far:

Journaling

Writing in freeform has a therapeutic effect. Start with how the day went, people that you are grateful for and then things that would make the next day better. I do force myself to write even if it’s one line (although mostly doesn’t end up with one line as planned). And why not, there is so much around us that if we don’t stop and process our thoughts, our lives turn into chaos – all stemming from the brain. Medium: Pen & Paper

Weekly Lists {HOME}

Daily lists do not work for me as I shuffle around tasks depending on the window of time I get to do something. this keeps tasks flexible as long as I can cross it off at some point during the week e.g. vacuuming, dusting or folding laundry.  Medium: Pen & Paper – Passion Planner

Daily Lists {WORK}

My work priorities can change from one hour to another depending on a higher priority ticket so I keep a running list of things to do at some point and move the tasks as necessary to the daily task list. Medium: Digital; One Note

Daily assessment 

The whole point of tasks and goals is that there is some progress. To make sure things are moving it is paramount to keep an eye on what is accomplished and what remains. Therefore, a quick look in the evenign to see what’s left. Crossing off items in a list is my high! Along with caffeine 🙂

Any lists you want to share? Have a great weekend!

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