How to stay organized

Dear Fellow Journalers,

It’s Monday morning and your day awaits. The problems confront you! They are too numerous to count! How do you manage your priorities?

When the above scenario happens to me, I take a blank piece of paper and draw up a “TO DO LIST”. I read somewhere that when composing the dreaded list that you should also (as a journaler) write down your worries and anxieties. I suppose that saves you time!

As an example, here is my TO DO LIST from a day in November 2014:

  1. ( I number my list, from habit. The items on the list however, are not to be tackled in any order at this point.)  Write a post for UYCJ due December 17th. Write from a prompt. This is going to take some time (time I don’t have – it’s Thanksgiving week!)

  2. Pick cookie recipes for cookie swap. Need 5 dozen by December 8th. I’m not a baker. When should I start? Can I freeze any?

  3. Write up description of Journaling Class and syllabus. Due Nov. 23rd. What do I teach? How long should the classes run? What nights? Not enough time!

Yikes, how do I accomplish these and the other “hum-drum” stuff of life???

Well, after looking over my list, I took another piece of paper and wrote the following:

Important but not urgent

Urgent but not important

Not urgent and not important

Suffice it to say, my TO DO LIST of November 20th was completed. The cookies were baked, the post written and the classes were taught. The list continues and I added 3 other caveats to it:

a.) What can be done in 20 minutes?

b) Check emails quickly – first only answer ones that pertain to my agenda

c) Don’t spend time speculating about how others feel about my projects.

Wishing you a productive week!


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