Simplify with Shannon

Simplify with Shannon

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Getting Things Done

Organizing is not just about the physical "neatness" or "cleanliness" of your space. It includes all aspects of your life, like remembering to finish everything on your to-do list. Whether that to-do list is in your head, in a notebook, or on 50 post it notes. When it comes to getting things done, its been said that you are more likely to do or remember something when we write it down. This is even more true when we handwrite it.

Remember pens? And paper? And not just printer paper, lined paper; maybe it even has three holes punched in the side!

I understand that life gets busy, we lose pieces of paper and usually take notes on our phone since it is already in our hands. I do challenge you to find a place to write things down. Write down what needs to be done, whether it is something simple, such as buy milk, or something more long term, such as write a novel.

Make a to-do list.

Hold yourself accountable for the things you want to do in life.

Even the little things. Even the silly things. Even the every day things.

At work, I have a to-do list, but I also write each task on a post it note and stick it to my computer screen. Not only am I more likely to remember my task since I wrote it down, but I have a little joy every time I rip one of those post its off of my computer after I've completed the task. Sometimes those post its stay there for days, for one reason or another, but it holds me accountable for my responsibilities at work.

Find what works for you.

Don't be that person that forgets to do things because you never wrote it down. Don't be that person that throws everything together at the last minute. Don't hold off on doing things big or small simply because you forgot.

Don't forget.

Make a list.

Check it off! It is a satisfying feeling to check things off.

A tip for getting started: make a list of all the things you have accomplished today, or this week. Now cross them off! See how that feels. Maybe it isn't exciting for you or maybe you found just what you needed. Play around with different lists or different ways to make a to do list.

It doesn't need to work for everyone, it just needs to work for you.