lists are your friend

31 Mar


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard women say,

“I don’t need to write down lists because I keep everything inside my head.”

I’m sorry… You keep EVERYTHING inside YOUR HEAD? My head would definitely explode. No wonder women and mammas all around are stressing out and on the verge of nervous breakdowns! I mean, I know that this isn’t the sole reason for the stress, but seriously?? How can you just keep everything that you need to do and get done for the day, week, and month inside your head? I mean, if it really is truly working for you, then go for it I guess? But I’ve come to learn very, very quickly that writing stuff down is not only an important key in maintaining your organization, but it’s absolutely vital to my sanity.

Lists are your friend.

I have so many lists going at any given time. I have a list for groceries, toiletries, daily to-do’s, areas that need to get cleaned, clients to call back and so on. It’s helpful because I know I can write it down and then I don’t have to worry! I don’t have to worry that I MIGHT TOTALLY DROP ALL THE BALLS I HAVE IN THE AIR.

<insert panic mode HERE>

No. There’s no panic mode. If I start to feel uneasy about the tasks I need to do, instead of WRACKING my BRAIN, I just reference the list. It really is that simple you guys. I know this isn’t rocket science or brand new information by any stretch of the imagination. But it really helps me to stay focused on the day to day, and I don’t need to be a stresscase wondering if I’m forgetting anything!

Get an organizer. I love my organizer. I got mine from Target and it’s a Mead Planner. It’s simple, inexpensive, no bells and whistles and has room for any and everything that I can put in it. And boy do I! It can LOOK a little chaotic at times, but it’s my chaos. And everything’s written down so I understand it. So it actually is quite organized and it really helps me to see the week at a glance. If ever I’m feeling like I’m forgetting something, I just reference my organizer.

It’s really amazing what just writing stuff down will do for your day. When something you need to do pops into your head, add it to a list and write it down! I try to prioritize my lists by important to not as important. That way I know right when I get up what it is that needs to get done that day.

It’s so easy you guys. Yes, it takes a little bit of discipline. But it will really turn you from a stresscase to someone who has it together and who knows what comes next during the day. It’s all about having a plan, and sticking to it. That way you can be that working mamma and get outside with your babies in this glorious weather that is Arizona. Well, right now. Later we’ll be living in the pool. But that’s completely off the topic.

9 Responses to “lists are your friend”

  1. foresightyourctpsychic March 31, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    And on beyond that, studies have found that things that are written down are far more likely to happen.

    Even if we don’t look at that written down list again.

    Which amazes me….


    • jesswilliams March 31, 2011 at 9:08 am #

      Oh my gosh! That’s amazing!

  2. Ashleigh Allen March 31, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    I’m totally the same way! Every Monday, the first thing I do at work is make a list of everything I’m going to do that week. It helps me stay on track (and keeps my head from exploding!)

    • jesswilliams March 31, 2011 at 9:36 am #

      Yes, definitely! It helps SO much! Thanks for commenting Ashleigh!! xo

      • Elizabeth March 31, 2011 at 10:23 am #

        Hello! I know I don’t comment often, but I just wanted to let you know that I am really enjoying this series! Your tips are really helping me as a homeschool mamma:) I know that wasn’t exactly your targeted audience, but it’s actually really helping me out! Life around here has been a bit chaotic since baby number three made his entrance, but I think implementing some of your ideas will make a world of difference! Thanks so much…

      • jesswilliams March 31, 2011 at 10:34 am #

        Aw I’m so glad to hear that!! I am also glad to hear that it’s helping other mom’s in ALL different capacities and stages of life! Three babies has to be busy AND homeschooling?? Whoa! You’re doing awesome! I’m so glad this series is helping you!! xo

  3. Tina April 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    I am one who keeps it all in my head 🙂 Which is a good and bad thing. Because I am the only one accessible to my head which makes it hard for my husband who is a super organized listwriter. I used to be a serious listwriter when I was younger and into college years. But as I got older it just went away. Kinda funny too cause my husband was soooo NOT the organized one (we’ve been together since 17). We kinda flip flopped! Yes, things don’t get done, but I am a much better and relaxed now than I was then. I do think I need to start writing lists again though because I have become waaaay too lax 🙂 I think writing lists are great and can keep one motivated and on track, but sometimes can give me anxiety because it never ends! Always something is added to it!

    • foresightyourctpsychic April 14, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      I found it to be useful when I came to terms with the idea that the list was a constantly evolving “auxillary brain” – that because I am always finding new things to do, there will always be something new on the list.

      The list will never be done and the list is never meant to be done- it’s just a way of keeping track of all of the things I’m doing



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