Good Morning, Cowboys and Cowgirls!

Hats off to you and your newly organized greeting cards!

We’re in the final month of our challenge!  For those of you just joining our wild west themed 16-week scavenger hunt challenge, you can read more about it and catch up here.  I’ve arranged for this challenge to culminate at the peak of the holiday season, so that you will have given yourself the gift of a clutter-free home for the holidays.  Stick with us for these last 4 weeks, and you’ll be able to start the new year off with a newly organized home!

During this busy time of year, we’ve got bottomless to-do lists.  Today we’ll consolidate and organize them.

Saddle up, put 10 minutes on the clock, and Get Ready…Get set…GO!

1. Grab a bag or box and lasso all the to-do lists and notes you’ve written to yourself that need action.  Post its, index cards, scrap paper emails, anything that you’ve jotted down and stashed somewhere with the intention of attending to later.

2. Spread out the whole kit-and-caboodle. Your first sort is to distinguish the types of notes.  From there, you’ll want to subcategorize by what action needs to be taken.  (Calls to make, emails to write, errands to run, cards to send, items to purchase, reminders about important dates or travel plans, phone numbers, etc.)

3. Take a look at these piles and notice what’s accumulated What do you tend to jot down? What is your past self habitually avoiding and relegating to your present self?  For me, I find myself constantly jotting down notes for emails I intend to send out, or thoughts for following up with people–I only recently revamped and perfected my system for managing this.  Toss any notes that are no longer relevant or that no longer need any action taken.

4. For the remaining items, make it easy on yourself to attend to these tasks, and to deal with future incoming tasks. Using the categories you’ve made, consolidate the items and rewrite the list. You’ll end up with a column (or page) for each of the categories.  Attend to the items by task.  Make all your phone calls in one available pocket of time, your emails next, all your errands, scheduling, etc.  By chunking the tasks this way, you’ll find you’re able to accomplish more in less time.  Moving forward, consider setting up a system where all of your notes can land and be instantly sorted and attended to.  Feel free to reach out to me if you’d like suggestions for setting up a master list or app.

Time’s Up!  Kick off your boots and congratulate yourself on completing your thirteenth challenge!