I hope that you were able to finish (or at least start) your ‘mind sweep’ yesterday, basically creating a master to-do list. You may have hunted down all the scraps of paper you’ve been using as lists. You may have walked from room-to-room, noticing things that need to be done.
Maybe the topics of books on your shelves reminded you of things you’d like to do but have never got around to.
Today, divide your master list into smaller, project-oriented lists. For example, “Errands,” “Calls,” “Decluttering,” “Summer 2020,” “Yard sale,” “Nagging tasks,” “Someday,” etc. How you group the tasks from your master list is up to you.
If you have a lot of date-specific actions, then you might want lists titled, “today,” “this week,” and then by each month.
If you're wondering why you're rewriting your master list as opposed to starting by creating these smaller lists, it was to avoid constraining your thinking.
As you rewrite the items onto these project lists, add in a verb, the action you need to take. So, don’t list “garage” but “clean garage.” “Doctor” doesn’t mean as much as “schedule physical.”
Listing each task or project as an action frames it as something you’ll do (or delegate) as opposed to something that’s acting as a placeholder on a list.
Tomorrow, the question to ask yourself if you want to get things done.
Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.