Tidy up your life Drawer
Do you need to tidy up your life drawer? Often, the admin in our lives gets left until last; those tedious piles of filing, the ‘to-do’ lists of small jobs that get longer and longer, the tasks that are seemingly boring but ultimately necessary, get left until last or don’t get done at all.
In this article, Hilary Humphrey, founder of Cardinal Support Services, reminds us why we all need to tidy up our life drawer.
Almost every household I know has one of those drawers where random things get put when you are in a hurry.
At the time it feels like the right place to put things (that quick clear up before friends and family arrive?!). But afterwards how often do you remember where you put the item you are looking for? The random drawer doesn’t seem logical and may often be overlooked.
Life and running a business can be like this.
You have a big to do list. Then you attend a networking event or seminar and pick up some great tips on more actions to help yourself or your business.
These get added to your to do list.
Before you know it all these actions have formed an enormous to do list. You now have a ‘life drawer’ full of ideas and actions . And it can be difficult to decide what to do first.
This is when you need to take some time out to sort through this ‘drawer’.
Have a look at what you have. Is there anything that has been on the list for so long that it is no longer relevant? (we all have those old phone chargers!). If so take these off your list.
Think about how many items are related to each other – e.g.heath, family, well being or for your business items such as content ideas, marketing actions.
Quickly go through the list and group them together. Some may still be relevant and some may overlap.
Then it is a case of prioritising what to do and when. Don’t overload yourself with one big to do list.
Look at your diary and put time aside to do some of these tasks.
This may be time to focus on making time for exercise, painting, getting your accounts up to date, or write some blogs/create content. There may be some smaller, stand alone tasks that you can aim to do one a day.
By prioritising your to do list and making realistic time to work through it it will reduce. This may take some time, depending on the size of your list. Just work through it and use the same technique when adding things to it.
This way the list will reduce and your ‘drawer’ will be easy to sort through.
If your life drawer is overflowing, and you feel overwhelmed by your to do list – don’t be afraid to ask for some help. Why not give Hilary a call?. She specialises in helping make sense of it; prioritising the tasks and planning realistic actions to deal with your to do list.
More about Hilary Humphrey
If you enjoyed Tidy up your life drawer, why not read Do you need a Midlife Plan? HERE.