Stop Using Your Head! The Importance of Writing Things Down

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Getting Organized, Simplify

As far back as I can remember I enjoyed writing things down. When I was young, I’d make lists of just about anything…my favorite TV shows, my friends, or what boys I liked. As I grew up, my lists became more functional and served to manage tasks in my life.

How do you remember everything you need to accomplish in a given day?
· Do you have post-it notes all over your desk?
· Do you keep a list in your phone?
· Perhaps rely on memory?

The majority of people “fly by the seat of their pants” relying on memory to remind them what they need to do.

Let’s be honest, it’s unrealistic to put that kind of pressure on our psyche. It’s no wonder why people become frustrated and exhausted at the end of the day!

I was recently reading an article from Time Management expert, David Allen, and he echoed the advice I offer to my clients: Find a system that works for you and use it-OFTEN.

Technology makes it possible to have everything at your fingertips. The challenge becomes finding the right one for your needs.

If you are tech saavy, I strongly advise using an online calendar such as google cal or ical (note: they can sync with one another seamlessly) and you can color code different people and share with other members of your family or team.

When it comes to web based task and list management the options are endless. Some popular apps are Toodledo, buy me a pie, grocery IQ, and Producteev.

If you are still not completely comfortable having your life online, that’s ok too. Many people still prefer using a paper calendar and notebook for their “to-do” list.

Whatever method you choose, the key is to trust the system. If you are diligent, it will become failsafe; saving you unnecessary stress and anxiety. The hardest part is getting started. Once you make the commitment, you will realize how much more productive you will become.

If you are struggling to find the best system for you, please feel free to reach out to me directly laurie@simplyborganized.com. Part of my consulting service is to help identify the right system for your needs.

Happy Organizing!

Laurie Palau

Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized, author of the book HOT MESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING ORGANIZED, and host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on the CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

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