Time Management
Lists Help When You're Too Busy by Half - Are You Fully Utilizing This Powerful Tool?

by Paula Eder
When it comes to staying on top of tasks and reducing stress, lists are among the best tools going. Here are some list-making tips for busy people with busy lives.
I'm not going to share lists of lists here. But I do want to explore some of the different kinds of lists, and the different functions they serve.

No matter how busy you are, lists used well will help you stay organized and on top of your game. So, for starters, let's take a step back and look at the big picture.

What are Big Picture Lists?
I often write about starting small and building from that base. But you can also take a different approach. I call it the "Big Picture" list.

If you want to use lists in the broadest way possible try constructing them based on larger spans of time. An example here would be an annual list of recurring events such as birthdays, anniversaries and vacations. Put these events on a calendar and have them recur annually.

Then review this list on a monthly basis to see what is coming up for the next month. Or even better, try looking two months ahead. This prevents a common experience. When you're super busy and racing against the clock, it's not unusual to "wake up" and realize that Thanksgiving is in a week, or the children start school in two days, or Uncle Albert's birthday happened yesterday!

Seasonal Lists Help, Too
Moving down from your yearly lists, you construct and maintain what some people call a seasonal calendar that lists seasonal activities and tasks. Making time choices is often tied to the rhythm of the seasons. On your seasonal list you may choose to record the actual dates on which you will begin the activities and rituals you, your family and friends associate with each season.

Examples here will probably be unique to you. Many people begin to plan spring-cleaning and the rejuvenation of their yard or garden on the first warm day of spring. Imagine how much easier such tasks become when you have examined your seasonal list and begun, ahead of time, to assemble the materials and tools. Then you can begin such tasks as soon as the weather permits.
It's all about systems
Creating different kinds of lists helps you develop systems. Recurring tasks which have been completed successfully provide you with a list of activities that you know works.

You can transfer these items from one yearly calendar to the next with only minor tweaking, thereby creating a template. Not reinventing the wheel for activities that are a regular part of your life is perhaps one of the biggest time-savers of all!

So, think through your own life situation and create those kinds of lists that best suit your unique values and lifestyle. Where will you start?

Happy list-making!

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