- Hi Laura.
When you get a good idea? Post-it. When you think of something you might forget later? Post-it. When you want to remember to do something? Post-it. Deadline, recipe, URL, bill, phone number? Post-it, post-it, post-it, post-it,post-it!!
And that, my friends, is how this week my "mobile office" folder came to look like this:
I'd like to show you how I turned my post-it pahlooza into an actionable, well organized, weekly plan. Hooray for do-able!
1. OK, first off, I collected all the notes together - for me that wasn't just the ones in my folder, there were some on my desk, a couple on the window above my desk, one on my phone, one next to my bed and two on the fridge. Yikes.
2. One of the best parts - I threw out the post-its I'd already actioned. Go me!
3. Organise. Sorting the notes into groups is something you will tailor to your needs. For me, I sorted things by "can do straight away, need to do soon" and so on.
4. I had a number of things that could be done in the background, so I actioned those immediately - upgrading my iOS and downloading some image files. This is a great way to start any to-do - with those "quick wins". It gives you a kick-start. If there are things you can action immediately (without being distracted from your Post-it Sea for too long) do them now!
At this point it was imperative to take a small break so I didn't get completely overwhelmed ... that way leads to RUSHING and CUTTING CORNERS. Boo!
I used my break to play with my gentleman cat, and proudly admire my growing rubbish pile!
i) I keep a plastic sheet near the start of my planner where I stick those post-its for things that can't be scheduled just yet. Before scheduling the next round, I check back here first.
ii) I make Project Pages for my projects (and of course, put them into My 2013 Planner), outlining the steps I need to take - in this case, that took up about 3 post-its
That is really important!! My weekly to-do list always looks a little empty on Wednesdays ... but I work 8-5 and then go to school 6-10 on Wednesdays - so realistically, there isn't time to get things to-done on hump day!! Write your commitments in your list as well, so you don't accidentally over-schedule yourself.
The final result:
Now, rather than drowning in a sea of Post-its, I've just got to check my planner in the morning and I'm ready to hit the ground running.
I want this feeling for you! Sending all my planning power your way, with love,