I have the wool pulled over the eyes of so many friends and acquaintances. Many of them think I am such an organized person. If only they knew…
Oops! I guess now they do.
I do seem fairly organized, and this appearance is because I make use of many, many tricks to help me remember what I need to do, when I need to do it, what I need to do it, with whom I am doing it, and where it all is done. I am most definitely a List Lady, and that helps tremendously.
I also employ a tactic that I call These Three Things. Each evening as a part of my routine, I write down three things to be accomplished the next day. I usually try to make sure they are not the ordinary and everyday tasks I do anyway, such as making the bed or fixing supper, although these can be perfectly acceptable for someone just getting started or if you know you will have a rough or difficult day ahead.
These are my These Three Things lists from four separate days.
Sometimes the items on my list are easy, such as a reminder of a meeting or a class that is not part of my usual schedule. Sometimes, it is a more involved task, such as when I planned to rearrange my basement playroom/rec room. That spanned several days and was rather intensive in both the planning and implementing stages. That brings me to a very important point I want to make:
If you do not accomplish all three tasks, you have not failed!
Use this list as a tool, not as handcuffs. Circumstances happen. You can see that purging and putting away my shoes is on three out of the four samples above. Sometimes it is because I didn’t get it done. Sometimes (probably most of the time), it is a recurring situation. Sometimes, it is because the task is something I know that I can easily get done.
I leave you with wise words from Winnie-the-Pooh.