As our lives get more connected and full of more great stuff (translation: “busier”), we can get so many good things on our plate, that little things fall by the wayside. These small tasks, errands, phone calls, or payments may not take much time or effort, but if forgotten, can cause big headaches, late fees, or fines.Here are some steps to prioritize, manage, and celebrate your victory over getting all it done, even as your life gets “bigger.”
- Decide if something is REALLY that important: There may be something you think you “should” do, but when you breathe, and inspect closer, you realize is not that important in the grand scheme. Let go of the time-wasters right off the bat.
- If it really IS that important: If it is, then assess whether you can do it now, getting it totally out of your way, or if it needs a time to be scheduled later.
- Make it REAL: Put it on your calendar, or it does not really exist. Decide what day, time, etc, you will tackle this task. Be realistic about how much time this will take, and make sure it gets done by the deadline.
- Ask for HELP: (and be honest with yourself if you need it or not): I am an avid D.I.Y.er myself, but sometimes it is time to say “uncle,” and ask for help. Save yourself time and energy by having someone who knows what they are doing, do it for you.
- Set up reminders: Most calendar programs have reminders that can text you, email you, or alert you on your computer in increments that you set up. If you need a reminder an hour before an important meeting that it is happening in an hour, schedule it.
- Create a system that works for you: If you are the type of person that sticks a bill in a drawer, only to forget about it and miss a payment … stop doing it that way. Look at the bill, if it is a paper bill, and write when it is due, and the amount, in your calendar. Or, even better, simply pay it now. Check it off the minute you receive it, or if you can, set up automated payments on bills that are consistent each month.
- Have a great filing/organizing system: I use Evernote to keep track of projects, that I can check on my phone, computer, or iPad. Make it mobile. Keep it simple. I am virtually paperless. When I do have something paper to file, unless it is an original document I need to save, I scan it, and file it in Dropbox, so it is stored wherever I need it, whenever I need it. Whatever works for you, just create a system and be consistent. Take the time to set up a system that is easy for you maintain and work with.