I’ve been feeling a bit frazzled of late.
Frazzled is a newer feeling for me, and I really don’t much care for it. It MAY be my new state of existence as a twin mom, I’m willing to kind of admit that, but, I don’t think it should HAVE to be, ya know?
So I’ve been taking steps here and there to identify the causes of my frazzlement and try to fix each one, one by one. It’s working pretty well so far, but I’m still having a hard time kind of pulling everything together.
This feeling was mainly revolving around my to-do list. I would be writing all these things down that needed to be done in multiple areas of my life, and my list became pretty ineffective, because it was getting so big and so cluttered. I couldn’t see what needed to take priority and what could wait. I was missing deadlines and gatherings and even some BILLS! (That’s no good at all.) I was functioning with my normal planner, like usual, but something was missing. I needed to be able to drill down and do some kind of micro-organization.
So…enter the mini book.
I started out with this one. I kept it in my purse, as a kind of catch-all for my brain. If I had a thought for a blog post, I wrote it down. If I needed to check a date on the calendar for a photo shoot, I wrote it down. If the girls had a doctor’s appointment I needed to remember, I wrote it down. If there was something in particular that I was looking for for the house, I wrote it down. You get the idea.
That seemed to work out at first. But pretty soon, the mini book became just like my to-do list. Cluttered. Confusing. No clear priorities. Ugh.
But I really liked the mini book! So I decided to come at it from another angle.
If my frustration was because I couldn’t categorize or prioritize things, how could I fix that? Well…I decided I needed more than one mini book. Enter my new way of organizing:
Multiple mini books!
I mean, that’s not an official term, or anything, that’s just what popped into my head! HA!
Multiple mini books is basically the same thing as my to-do list, but separated into categories:
Magenta: Portray (that’s my photography & design business)
Orange: Domestic (that’s the blog, of course!)
Yellow: Norwex (that’s a chemical-free cleaning supplies company I’m an independent distributor for – more on that in an upcoming post!)
Lavender: Me! (that’s all things related directly to me!)
Pink: Household & Family (anything having to do with the house, the hubby, the kids, you get the idea)
I keep all the mini books in a pretty little Vera Bradley clutch in my purse, along with a pen for easy access.
At this point, I’ve been working with this system for about a month, and I REALLY like it! It’s helped me to separate things into categories, prioritize and make sure I “touch” each book on a daily basis. It may be a bit more work than the traditional to-do list, but I have a lot more to do than the traditional person!
I’m thankful that I’ve finally found something that works for me, and makes me feel much less frazzled!
How about you? What do YOU do to keep yourself organized and non-frazzled? I wanna know!
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