Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Staying Focused: The Notecard
I have had a pretty substantial list to complete before this baby comes in 2 1/2 weeks. House projects and home organization galore. Sewing projects. Maintaining the home. Cooking, baking, freezing meals. Taking the kids places...swimming and bowling and trips. And I have actually managed to accomplish most of my pre-baby goals...and not frantically but steadily and easily. I give thanks for the humble note card.
Every morning I pick about three to five goals I have for that day. I grab a simple 3x5 lined note card and jot them down. I carry that note card around with me and it keeps me focused on "doing the next thing". It might say:
1. Clean a potty and a sink.
2. Bake some muffins.
3. Get laundry put away.
4. Organize a drawer or cupboard.
5. Make two phone calls for needed appointments.
When I steadily keep small, specific, and manageable goals in front of me, it's amazing all that gets done. I am focused and not distracted. If I do get distracted by the computer or something that I see that needs doing, I just come back to the note card and start on the next thing.
I love my note cards! It's not a complicated day timer or bulky notebook. I just keep a stack of them on my desk so I can grab them easily. I also use them to jot down a few chores for each child. And for grocery lists or sewing lists. They are cheap and simple, and they work!