We are winding down our series on organizing your calendar. Today, I would like to talk about the dreaded, To Do List! If you are anything like me, it is a mile long. The common question that I get is, "Where do you find time in your busy schedule to even make a dent in your to do list?" My answer is that if your calendar is organized, you will know exactly when you can get stuff done.
Let me start by saying that the words calendar and to do list are not interchangable. Your calendar holds the events of your life and things that you have to complete daily. Your to do list is a collection of tasks that you do periodically or not often like cleaning out a closets or doing your taxes.
As with my calendar, I have my to do list separated into different categories. I have a different list for cleaning, family, gardening, baking, volunteering and business. Then, it becomes a matter of priorities. In the spring, my cleaning to do list takes center stage. Conversely, fall is a big baking time and summer has a lot of gardening. For these priority times, I usually set aside a day to knock those jobs off. For the other items, I fit them in where there are gaps in my calendar. That's why it is important to know when you have time and what you are going to do when those times come.
Lastly, be realistic about how long things take. If you have to completely dig out the mess in your basement, it isn't something you can fit into the 5 minutes before you pick up the kids from school. Set aside a day to knock some of that project off. Be aware of the things that you can get done in 5 minutes. There is nothing more satisifying then marking something off that list but know what you can do and when.
As you can see, tackling your calendar isn't an exercise in futility. It is definitely a necessity and a happy Tackle It Tuesday with 5 Minutes for Mom ! Next week, I am going to finish my series with an advanced class. If you want to take your calendar to the next level, come back then:-)