You may now address me as ‘notepad girl’. I am without a doubt always carrying a notepad in my bag and I have done for as long as I could write. Ever since I had a journal in school, I’ve felt the need to write everything down and make endless ‘to do’ lists. Now do not mistake this for a sign that I am a super organized person because this is far from the case. No matter how much I try to organize my life on paper, it never seems to go to plan in reality.
Now why is this? I’m asking you! Please someone tell me why when I make a ‘to do’ list, I can’t just tick off everything that’s on it within the next 24 hours and happily move on to making a new list that again I tick off in perfect order. It doesn’t quite happen like that. My notepads are scribbles of shopping lists, to dos, blog posts, lesson plans, meal plans, recipes, birthday lists…there’s no format.
Let’s take ‘to do’ lists for the purpose of this post. Now I constantly feel like I have a million and one things to do like every woman and then I then write them all down in a ‘to do’ list that pretty much fills the whole length of the page. I’ll then start one thing on the list, but half way through I’ll move on to another thing and then I’ll actually get distracted and start focusing on a completely different task not even on the list but then it needs to go on the list and then I’ll probably end up baking a cake or some granola. I tick maybe 1 or 2 things off the list then create a new list with all the stuff from the previous list but add ons and new things ‘to do’! Phew!
Some helpful tips…
So I decided to look into this as I’m sure (I hope) I am not the only person who loves a list but can sometimes feel overwhelmed with completing it. Mind Tools suggests that tasks on your list shouldn’t take any longer than 1-2 hours and if they do then you need to break the task down into smaller more manageable points. They then suggest to run through the list and mark each task from A-F in order of priority. It’s a good idea to then have your list in front of your eyes all day long which is a tip I found on Daily Blog Tips, having to look at your list constantly will remind you of the sense of urgency. Now I tend to make a plan for each day of the week on Sunday as it helps me get my week into focus but Daily Blog Tips believe you should go a day at a time. Maybe I’ll start making a ‘to do’ list for that day only in the morning.
I do feel like we can end up putting a lot of unnecessary pressure on ourselves when making these mountainous lists. I also feel demotivated and disappointed in myself when I have the inability to complete tasks, and that just isn’t healthy. My aim from now on is to make short daily lists with tasks that are a really important and the rest can wait for the next or a rainy day.
Are you someone who needs lists in there life or do you remember everything you need to do? I’d love to know your thoughts and any tips for a decluttered notepad, leave me a comment in the box below.
Heres a few of my favourite notepads out there at the moment…
Love, Lottie x