You’ve noticed that you can’t find anything on your computer. There are 50 loose documents and pictures on your desktop. It is high time that they were filed. It slows down your computer and your productivity to have so many files on your desktop.
The first step is to create file folders on your computer in your Documents folder (on a Mac), that make sense to you. Here are some examples: Finances, Medical, School, Recipes and the list goes on. Documents from the desktop, ideally, should be put in those folders on a regular basis and any photos on your desktop can be added to your photo library in iPhoto.
Once you start getting in the habit of filing your documents, instead of leaving them on your desktop, your computer will feel less cluttered and you will be able to find things!
You’ve had it! You can’t find a darn thing in your purse because there is so much stuff in it: 3 lip glosses, 7 pens, wallet, a pound of change, old receipts, trash, lotion, sanitizer, random business cards, a book, another book and so on.
It’s time to reign all that junk in and be able to find things again.
1. Take it all out!
Remove everything from your purse and place it on a clean surface. Now the work begins.
2. Throw out the trash
Take all of those old receipts and little scraps of paper and toss them out.
3. Only the Essentials
Put away anything you don’t need every day. Leave yourself one lip gloss, instead of three. You need your wallet, phone, keys, a book and a pen. Anything else is just clutter. If you have a mini hand lotion or hand sanitizer put those in side pockets.
4. If you have a lot of purses…
If you have a lot of purses and you change them every day, go to the container store and get one of these handy purse organizers (The Container Store has several to choose from):
The clutter we find in our homes is nothing compared to the clutter in our heads.
I often talk to people who have incredibly long to do lists. Some of the things are attainable: do the dishes, wash the car, take out the trash and pay bills. Nevertheless, people also seem to add such ambitious things to their general to do lists, that they get frustrated right out of the gate.
For example, for a long time, I put “Learn Italian” and “Learn Salsa” on my main list. Every time I looked at those items I felt frustrated and a little mad at myself for not having achieved those goals yet.
I think that having big goals is important, but those kind of aspirations have no place on your day to day lists. Write down your dreams in a separate journal and when you have time, take a class, or buy a book to help you reach one goal at a time. Trying to achieve too many lofty goals might not be the most productive way to get to the finish line.
Our minds, according to scientists, can only remember about 4 things at a time. You can read more here, at a post written by Josh Hill.
Finally, conquer the overwhelming tasks of your day, by taking a few things off of your list. Buy a journal and write down your goals and dreams!
We all make to do lists and often they languish and don’t get done. I’ve gotten into the habit of making “Action” lists. I only write down what I know can get done. They are my high priority items. The list in the image is mine and tomorrow, I am committed to getting all of the things on my list done. It’s not a long list for a reason. I want to make sure that I achieve success. Success feels good!
How do you feel about lists? What is your strategy?