It’s Monday morning during December, which means I’m scrambling to dig out from a crazy weekend of multiple out-of-town swim meets, as well as a few fun holiday events that I attended. The level of “hustle and bustle” has definitely been kicked up a notch for me this month. When this happens, I tend to cling on for dear life to my tried and true methods for minimizing mental clutter. This helps me to keep my sanity in check, and my mental “To Do” list organized.
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At this point in my life, I’ve pretty much perfected the art of list-making. For me, it’s the number one way to lessen the anxiety that I feel when my plate begins to overflow with tasks. I use the Nozbe task management app to organize my list(s) & keep my master To Do list for everything that I want to accomplish. The tasks on master list are divided into categories (home, business, kids, etc.).
When I’m overwhelmed, I pull up my master To Do list, and conduct a “brain dump”, making sure to write down each and every task that’s floating around in my head. As productivity guru David Allen says,
Your Mind is for having ideas, not holding them.
No matter how busy my weekend is, I always end it by creating a weekly paper calendar/To Do list, pulling information from my master To Do List and my Google Calendar. This piece of paper becomes the primary planning blueprint for my week.