Having trouble when it comes to trying to stay on top of everyday tasks?
Reader question: I would love to know how to stay on top of everything. No matter how much I plan, something always comes along to ruin my perfect plan for getting things done. I think the best I’ve done on my to-do list on any given day is three things … and I only write down five.
Oh, how perfect plans get ruined so easily!
Unfortunately, I think that an upset daily to-do list is typically part of life. The days in a year that do actually go according to my plans are incredibly rare.
But … planning ahead is a good thing. And to-do lists are helpful. So what are homemakers supposed to do?
When it comes to trying to stay on top of everything, I think it’s vital to first add some non-negotiables to your daily routine. Make certain chores so much a part of your day-to-day life that they become a habit.
For example, in my home it’s just a given our beds get made and dishes get washed every single day. Most days a load or two of laundry is finished, too.
Once you have your homemaking habits in place, then work on your to-do list. Before you write down everything that you’d like to get done, take an honest look at your day. What appointments and commitments do you already have? How much time will they take?
After you’ve figured out how much time you’ll have left, think about what you’d ideally like to get done. Once you’ve thought of your dream day, now get realistic. What do you really think you can accomplish? And how long will each thing realistically take to complete?
Most days, my to-do list is longer than it should be – but I highlight the things that I desperately need to get done. Those are my highest priorities. Those are what I choose to work on first.
If those get finished, then I can move on to some of the non-essential things that I’d like to finish. My day may be over before I get to many – if any – of those other chores, but I know I can move them to another day.
By staying very realistic with my time constraints and prioritizing what absolutely needs to get done, I’ve found I don’t feel defeated when I look at my to-do lists anymore. With this approach, I also feel a huge sense of accomplishment if I happen to get to any of my non-essential tasks.
I’ve found that my realistic view of my day – as in “I’m just not going to be able to get as much done as I’d like!” – helps prevent a lot of disappointment. It also prevents unrealistic expectations, and it helps me stay on top of everyday tasks.
What helps you stay on top of everyday tasks?
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