My super organized, detail oriented, crafty, designer friend Kelly Gilreath was Rockstar Mom of the month. Check out her great tips for creating useful lists and get things done!
To me, nothing compares to a handwritten list. It's easy to toss in
your pocket, throw it in your purse, stash it in a bag, or stuff it in
your nightstand. You can add and cross things off easily. For some
reason having a list on my phone or ipad just isn't quite the same.
a great pen or sharpie! A fabulously cute notebook doesn't hurt
either. Invest in something you actually will use and enjoy using at
the same time.
Keep small notebooks around to jot down things you want to remember as
soon as you think of them; in the kitchen, on your desk, in your purse,
even in the car! If you're like me and have a thousand things to keep
track of, sometimes just writing them down makes me feel like I have
less that I HAVE to remember.
I like to start my Monday
off by creating a list of the tasks I need to accomplish during the
week. And on Fridays I make my "to do" list for the weekend.
I have a separate list for things that need to be done, but items that
aren't immediate. For example, things that I'd like to to eventually
get to doing or designing around my house once I get extra time or
Before we go on a trip, no matter how long or short, I always put
together a packing list. That way nothing gets forgotten. This was
especially helpful when my kids were babies and we had to tote around so
I keep a running list of things my husband, kids, and family ask for or
want throughout the year. That way when their birthday or Christmas
rolls around I don't have to scramble to come up with something I know
they really would like. I've already figured out several options.
Sometimes creating a "fresh list" makes it feel like you've gotten a lot
accomplished. Even if all you're doing is re-writing a list to look
clean; without all the other items scratched out/crossed out from the
Just the other day I started a list of things around the house I want to
try and sell on Craigslist or in a garage sale to make some extra cash.
A "honey-do" list is always a winner too in my house....well, at least
for me. Even though my husband says he hates it, he'll actually do some
of the things if I leave that list out for him. :)
*Bonus Tip: Don't let list making get overwhelming or feel like another
task to do. It just helps balance out my chaos. But if it doesn't
work for you.....don't do it!
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