I like to write every little task down on paper (or in the notes section of my phone if I’m on the go, which is more often than not!) so I can see everything in one place. This starts as a brain dump – even minuscule tasks like “walk the dog” make it onto this list. I find that I already feel lighter after listing everything out; there’s no chance of me forgetting anything during the chaos of the week if I’ve planned my schedule ahead of time. It also helps me sleep well because I’m not worrying that maybe I’ve forgotten something.
Once this brain dump is finished I’ll break it out into two sections. The first section should be filled with important, urgent, or timely tasks that will propel me towards bettering myself or my relationships with others. “Finalize presentation,” “workout,” “date night,” “go through closet to find items for local clothing drive,” “meal prep for the week,” or “choose back to school outfits for the kids,” would all make this section. They are timely, important, and can have a direct effect on me or those important to me.
The second section should be filled with things like “lunch with a friend,” “returns,” “plan family vacation,” and “find a new charity organization to donate to.” I also like to put personal tasks on this list, like, “make nail appointment,” “take a bubble bath,” “catch up on new Netflix show.” While some of these items may be important, they are not necessarily urgent and can be done as time and schedules allow. Although they may not be number one on my to-do list, I try not to forget about these items. It’s important to tackle these as well, especially those that make me happy. Happy wife, happy life, right?!