Today’s blog is taken from Erica Duran’s website. After I posted the first version, I could hear my husband telling me, it’s too long. No one is going to read all that! So, if you notice this post changed, you now know why. Here is the Reader’s Digest version. =) You can read the complete article HERE. It is definitely worth the time to read her complete version, too, if you ask me. =)
I hope this encourages you that you can get organized and stay organized, too. I’m gonna’ give it a whirl. Want to go for it with me? I’d love to hear your progress, and we can cheer each other on! Here it is: (“The 12 Essential Lists & Charts You Need To Get & STAY Productive & Organized Forever” By Erica Duran, condensed version)
Getting Organized, Tips from Erica Duran
Making lists help you focus your energies. Relying solely on memory & will-power will overwhelm you & wear you down, especially in today’s saturated media lifestyle. How? Start with the big picture, and work your way down. You can hand write your lists, or use a document program like Word & store them in your Dropbox so you can have them on any device you carry with you.
- GOALS & DREAMS: Go to a distraction-free, inspiring place & brainstorm all the goals and big dreams you have for your life. Write them down, being precise & clear. If you’re too vague, you won’t be able to achieve them.
- MASTER TASK LIST: Write down all the major projects in your life & business from the Goals & Dreams list you just made. Only include CURRENT projects that you will ACTUALLY work on at this time in your life. (Don’t worry, there’s a place for the other stuff on the Someday list.)
- SOMEDAY/MAYBE LIST: This is where all those fleeting thoughts of things you’d like to do go, so that you can evaluate them later. These are not ideas that have been thought through enough yet to warrant being on the Master Task List. This is the “write it down so you won’t forget about it, but keep focused on what you’re doing now” list.
- QUARTERLY GOALS: In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing lifestyle, evaluating and tracking your goals on a quarterly basis is a more feasible approach than annual goal-setting. Categorize your goals to help identify which goals are important but not necessarily urgent: God, Spouse, Home, Business, Family, Friends, Health, Vacation.
- DAILY TASK LIST: Make a week’s plan, and then break it down into daily to-do’s to avoid the reactionary and overwhelming feeling of trying to fit everything into one day. Evaluate your Master Task List and your calendar to create your daily task list on a daily basis.
- WEEKLY MEAL PLANNING: Take a few minutes per week to plan out your meals & make a grocery list. This will help avoid the mealtime panic of what to do for dinner.
- MASTER SHOPPING LIST: Keep a Master Shopping List categorized by the stores you frequent. This is where you keep track of all those, “I need to get this at some point, and don’t want to forget” items. Here you can keep track of things you are running low on, or write down the URL of things you’d like to purchase sometime.
Rituals are charts that list tasks you’d like to accomplish on a regular basis or serve as a reminder of tasks that don’t happen enough to become a habit.
- DAILY RITUALS: These could be things you’d like to do daily, like devotions, exercise, make the bed, be a better listener, etc. Some are reminders to help make or break a habit that is on your quarterly goals list.
- WEEKLY, MONTHLY, QUARTERLY/SEMI-ANNUALLY, ANNUALLY: These charts are for things that happen less frequently, like flipping the mattress, or wiping down the window sills.
(“Freedom Based Lifestyle Designer, Published Productivity Expert, Web Developer & Internet Marketer, Erica Duran, Teaches “Escape Artists” Lifestyle Entrepreneurs how to Simplify, Be More Productive and Get the Lifestyle of their Dreams! Never Settle! Visit EricaDuran.co to Subscribe Today!”)
I would love to hear from you about this. Let’s get a chat going. =) How do you get & stay organized?