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‘Tis the season of new planners!

Planners for next year EVERYWHERE and there are so many to choose from.

There isn’t one planner that’s perfect for everyone (that’s why there are so many out there). 

To pick one that’s right for you, you need to know how you work best.

I don’t use a planner because how I plan my day tends to change based on what’s going on.

My more personal reason is I feel like I’m wasting the planner if I don’t use it EVERY day… But that’s an Evie quirk. Know your quirks and work with them!

Also, I love the idea of planners, but I know I work better with a spiral-bound 6.5×9.5 narrow-ruled notebook (or slightly smaller) on my desk. I like spiral bound because I can leave it open on my desk without it trying to close itself.

In the past, I’ve taken the ideas I liked from other planners and created my own. Or I used some of those ideas in my notebook.

When I was creating the first version of my system, I went to a couple of stores and just looked at all their planners. I made mental notes of the things I didn’t like and took pictures of the features I really liked.

When deciding how you’re going to manage your daily todo list, here are three things to consider:

  1. Do you want your list to be open next to you or closed?
  2. What are some of your favorite planner features?
  3. What are some planner features that you don’t like/want?

Also, trial and error are to be expected. You learn about what works and doesn’t work for you in every iteration.

If you’d like some help with this, reach out, and we can talk about your situation.

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How to quickly get started when you’re feeling completely overwhelmed

Does this sound familiar: 

I have NO idea where to start, I never feel like I’m making progress, and I don’t know what to do next!

One of the Merriam-Webster definitions of overwhelm is “to cause (someone) to have too many things to deal with.”

And all of those things are living in your head. So, you start on one thing, then remember a couple of other things. They’re all important, but where do you start?!

So, how do you quickly get started when you’re feeling completely overwhelmed?

The quickest way to move out of this feeling is to write down everything that needs to happen in the next few days. 

Then put a mark next to 3 things that need to be done today. Yes, there is a lot that you want to accomplish, but pick only three right now. You can’t finish everything today. So, you’re choosing the next three things you want to do. 

When you complete those three tasks, pick three more. You might not finish all three today, but you’ll know what you’re starting with tomorrow.

Also, new things are going to pop up throughout the day. So instead of trying to do them, add them to the bottom of your list.

When you feel less overwhelmed, you can do more planning and organizing around your tasks and schedule.

For some of you, this is all you need. You might create a new list every week, and you’re good to go.

For others, this is a good start but a temporary fix. Reach out, and we can have a quick conversation. 

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Two quick secrets about to-do lists

To-do lists get a bad rap as bringing stress and overwhelm and taking SO MUCH TIME.

Here are two super quick secrets about to-do lists.

Secret 1: It’s just another name for goal and project management.
To-do lists are your system for keeping your business and life running smoothly and staying focused on what matters.

Secret 2: A well-crafted to-do list gives you time back.
It does! Because it’s tied to your goals and gives you permission to not worry about everything else. 

When you’re to-do list is crafted the right way, it does feel like everything is easier.

So, does your to-do list keep your business running smoothly? Does it give you time back? Or does it bring you stress and overwhelm?

Let me know if you want help creating a to-do list that keeps things running smoothly, gives you time back, and allows you to work less while accomplishing more.