First of all, the moment I write down something on my lists (yes, I have many), it is released from my mind and I can focus on the task on hand. And then, once I finish the task on hand, I can go back to the list and pick the next one. If I don’t write it down, I keep worrying about it and, much worse, I might forget completely about it until it is too late.
Of course just putting the things on the list do not sort out the issue – we still need to do the things. But then we can visualize all of them and use the magic word – prioritize. Because, well, some of them will be done later, and some will not be done at all. This is not an issue – as long as you are in in the dashboard and decide, and not let the emergency decide for you.
I use many lists: I have a list of what need to be done on the day, then I have lists for bigger projects at home and in the office, I have shopping lists, gifts lists, you name it. I keep them all in the notebook on hand, and it takes me just a few moments to go through the lists and decide on what to do next. No time wasted in re doing things, coming back to supermarket to buy forgotten items – and time is a precious commodity.
How do you organize your to-dos?
I am the mom of a wonderful little girl, I have a nice full-time job, I am a part-time PhD student and also a housewife – in other words, I have a lot on my plate right now. So, what am I doing here, losing time to talk about it?
Well, I am a believer: I believe we can always do better if we can share, I believe we can learn from each other, I believe we can motivate and cherish each other. Because only a mom understands another mom – nobody else.
People look at us from the single role we are playing in the moment and set expectation for that specific role, and everybody, including ourselves, want to strive on that role, be the best – that is what is expected from us, and what we try to hard to achieve.
We need each other, we need other moms to try to get the full picture, to try to learn techniques to help us to succeed, to keep us on track while we are going there.
I hope we can have a lot of fun and e-coffee together – what would you like to talk about?