“To Done” Lists

This sounds a bit strange, but it can often be extremely motivating and even soothing when things get an overwhelming. Try ending your day by creating a to do list of things you’ve already done maybe in the past week. You’ll achieve a sense of relief when you realize that you’ve maybe done more than you thought. And even if it’s a mix of business tasks and personal errands or things around the house–they’re all tasks that were going to have to be done anyway. Give yourself some credit for the things you do every day no matter how small. It allows you to approach your workday with a new perspective and appreciate your own efforts rather than worrying about what lies ahead.

 

Block Scheduling

Remember the old days when your school schedule was planned out for you? It probably started around middle school where each period, class, including breaks and lunch, were all blocked out for the week. You can do this with your working schedule in any planner or day calendar. Color coding helps too. Pick a color for work tasks, meetings or appointments and then select a different color for personal or family obligations.

Start by “blocking out” the fixed time you know is already booked (regular team meetings, soccer practices, piano lessons, school drop off and pick up, etc) and then fill in with anything else you know needs to get done for the week. This could be client meetings, networking events, and other events. However, you can also block out time to work on specific projects based on their deadlines or set a regular time to update your social media, write a blog or focus on other marketing tasks. It’s natural for these to sometimes move around, but if you start blocking out your time to do things–it’ll be easier to make adjustments and plan around them so that you’re still productive.

 

Bullet Journaling

Bullet Journaling may be a little advanced for the average listner. This is a very specific technique that involves logging notes, tasks, events with notations that indicate complete, migrated or scheduled. You can also use symbols to note priority, inspiration as well as explorations of things you’d like to study further. Your content is organized into modules by monthly, daily or future categories. The thing that makes bullet journaling unique is the migration aspect. This involves moving or migrating incomplete tasks from previous days or journals to current entries. It is an intentional process that ensures that you are carefully considering and analyzing each item. If you are looking for the most thorough and systematic method for organizing your life, bullet journaling is for you. If you’re interested, you can find out more at http://bulletjournal.com/