Full disclosure: I’m a list-making fanatic. Ever since I was young, I’ve been making lists for everything! Shopping lists, lists for my goals, lists for new ideas, lists of books I want to read, and of course, to-do lists! Lists help keep me sane and at ease. Without them, I feel like my world is in total chaos. Incase you’re like me, I put together a list of lists (HA) to make when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
As someone who’s running three businesses and taking on projects right, left and center, I need an organization system that keeps me focused and helps me get stuff done! Lists are a simple way to organize your life on the day to day, and you can jot them down anywhere from your phone to your agenda to your notebook.
Whether you’re making a list of blog topics, business ideas, networking events, or social media tasks, lists can help you get through your day without wanting to pull your hair out.
One of my best list-making tips? At the end of every day I make a to-do list for the next day and it helps me go to bed stress-free! It’s so nice to wake up in the morning and have it all laid out for me, and you can add and take away tasks as you go!
Lists keep me organized and on-task, and also help me prioritize the things I need to do and remember. Here are 5 reasons to make lists and lists to make when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
REASONS TO MAKE LISTS
1. Lists bring order to our lives
The main reason I love lists so much is they bring order to chaos. Some days I don’t even feel like I have a second to breathe, and on busy days like that, a to-do list is my saving grace. When it comes to my blog and business, it helps to have a list to go through, and is there anything more satisfying than checking off tasks as you go?
I find it’s also really helpful to make lists that have anything to do with finances. Whether someone owes you money, or you have monthly expenses, it makes everything a little less stressful when you make a list to keep things in order. You know exactly what you owe and who owes you what, and simply having it written down can be a weight off your shoulders.
2. Lists help us prioritize
Another great thing about lists is they help us see more clearly and prioritize what we need to get done first. When everything’s jumbled around in your head, it’s hard to know what to take on first and what requires the most attention. Having it laid out in front of you makes it much easier!
3. Lists help us remember
If you don’t write things down, you might not remember them. Anytime I have a thought about something I need to do or something I need to tell someone, I write it down right away on my list. Lists are also great for helping your remember new blog or business ideas that pop into your head, or new places you want to eat at or visit!
4. Lists help us achieve our goals
You should list your weekly, monthly and yearly goals out and go back to them consistently. Write goals for your business and personal life so you’re clear on where you see yourself in the next few months.
It’s been proven that writing down your goals helps you achieve them, so get started on these lists straight away!
5. Lists help us beat overwhelm
A lot of the times when we feel overwhelmed, it’s because there’s a lack of structure and confusion about what exactly we need to do. We have a lot going on in our heads and without a clear path it can be extremely overwhelming. Lists lay things out in front of us and help us create order and structure.
LISTS TO MAKE WHEN YOU’RE FEELING OVERWHELMED
1. Daily to do list
2. Grocery list
3. List of money you owe/money owed to you
4. Monthly event list
5. Things you need to do for your blog/website
6. Pills to pay and due dates
7. Shopping list
8. Home decorating list
9. List of books to read this season
10. Things you’re greatful for each week
11. Things that inspire you
12. People you want to grab coffee with
13. Bucket list for each season of things you’re dying to do
14. Places you want to visit around the world
15. Cafés and restaurants you want to visit in your neighbourhood
16. Home cleaning/organization list
17. Blog post ideas/ new business ideas
18. Your weekly/monthly/yearly goals
19. Appointments you need to make
20. Social media tasks
There you have it, 20 lists to make when your brains feels insanely scattered! Making lists can help you stay organized and on track in your daily life and help you prioritize your most important tasks!
How do you organize your day? Are you a list-maker like me? What are some of your favourite things to make lists of? Sound off in the comments below!
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