How lists can save your sanity

Today is Day 4 of my self-imposed challenge to myself to write a blog for the next 30 days. If you want to understand why I would even consider such a thing, read from the start here.

I spent 4 hours in the car yesterday (just to be clear I wasn’t just sitting in the car, I was actually driving somewhere) wishing I had a magical device that could extract the lists I was making in my head.

You see in two and a bit days I will be boarding a flight to Europe for 3 weeks with my man friend. We made a spontaneous decision 6 weeks ago to attend a couple of events for a project that we are involved in.

At the time 6 weeks seemed like ages away but taadaa, here we are two days out and…well let’s just say that one of two things could happen:

  • I freak out and have fit because I’m not organised or
  • I just go with the flow and chill out

Actually, if I was totally honest, both these things are unrealistic for me. I am a recovering ‘Over Organiser’ (I know you’re thinking…she’s a little bit of a control freak…perhaps, maybe…whatever!) so you will understand that it takes some conscious living to get the balance right.

Being organised enough to enjoy the journey is what I now strive for and in this striving I have found more freedom, more time and more fun.

Whether you are a recovering Over Organiser like moi, or you want to feel more organised here is a system that may help:

  1. Make a list of everything that is on your mind (everything…regardless of whether it’s big or small) – we want to get it out of your head and on to paper at least. Don’t feel intimated by your list. This isn’t a list of everything you have to do, it’s just a list of things that are on your mind.
  2. Using a coloured marker go through your list and highlight all the things that you could get someone else to do for you (if you are a recovering Over Organiser this may be challenging but you do have to learn to trust others and ask them to help…just sayin!) and then that person/or people to help.
  3. Use a different coloured marker and highlight all the things that you could automate. Things like ordering groceries online, setting up automatic bill payments etc.
  4. Use a different coloured marker and highlight all the things that no one else can do except you (remember if you are a recovering Over Organiser and you’re highlighting everything, you need to go back to step 1).
  5. Now prioritise the things you highlighted in Step 4.
  6. Pick your top 3 priorities and write out WHY they are so important for you to complete. How will they change your life? (Without understanding the WHY you will not be committed to completing them – this is the only way you will avoid procrastination.
  7. Focus on completing your top priority first.
  8. Then your second priority.
  9. Then your third priority.
  10. Repeat.

These steps will not to help you reach perfection or have all your ducks lined up…that is an unrealistic expectation that we can all put on ourselves from time to time.

These steps will help you free up your head space and feel lighter as you move though life with more freedom, more time and more fun.

Try it, see what changes for you. In the meantime, I’m off…I have lists to make!!!

L xx

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