How to keep everything straight!
Hey there! Hope you guys have been doing well! I have been keeping super busy with stuff and trying new things! I encourage you all to do the same! Speaking of keeping super busy, in this newsletter, I would like to talk about how I try and stay organized!
I am someone that has way too many hobbies and passions that I am trying to do at once, while also trying to keep my social life with friends and family intact. I'm someone who can get lost in trying to achieve things in life, but sometimes have too many things going on at once. Because of this, I have developed some initial ways that I try to get organized. This system isn't perfect, but it is the beginning of what I have been doing and tweaking slowly, but surely.
At the beginning of every week on Monday (starting at 4 AM EST, I get up most days at that time), I like to go through my To Do list. My To-Do application of choice is Microsoft To-Do. One of the big reasons that I use this application is the ability to do multiple lists. It is also a cross-platform application and that is important to me since I use pretty much every type of OS (mac, Windows, Linux, iOS & Android). I clean up the To Do list to see what is still relevant and then add anything that I may have missed in writing things done.
Once that is done, I have a notebook in that I plan the week. I carry this notebook (as well as another one, but we will get to that one later) everywhere. Monday morning, I will plan my week out and try to select realistic goals of what I can accomplish Monday-Thursday. Truth be told, I am not the best at being realistic about what I can accomplish that week, but it is a work in progress haha.
I try to use this plan for the week to make sure everything that I want to get done gets done that week. I don't plan Friday however because if I have anything left throughout the week to accomplish Friday is usually my catch-up day before the weekend commences.
Once that is done on Monday, I start my daily routine. This consists of looking at what is on the schedule and adding my tasks to the "My Day" view in Microsoft To Do. The "My Day" view in Microsoft To-Do is another list to that you can add your tasks of things that you are trying to get done that day. This allows you to focus on the things that you are working on that day that you are trying to get done. I don't always close out the day perfectly, but I do try!
That is most of the planning that I try to get done. Now, the other notebook is my catch-all of all my thoughts. Whenever I am brainstorming real quick on the go or have something that I need to jot down, I will use the other notebook for that. I don't put things that are too important in the notebook, but some temporary storage is placed in the notebook. I also will try to add tasks throughout the week when something comes up so I know that that task needs to get done.
And that is it! That is the most of my system. It isn't perfect and is still being worked on, but it is what I am currently doing.
These are of course just some ideas and a system that semi-works for me. Systems like this are super helpful in trying to keep up with all the different things that I have going on in life. Do you have any other ways that you like to keep organized and achieve your tasks? Feel free to comment or reach out to me on Twitter @SeanMilfort!
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