Monday, December 2, 2013

Organizing Challenge Week 4: Organize your priorities

Welcome to week 4! One of the things I'm loving about this challenge is that the author of the book tells you FROM THE START to make it your own, and if something doesn't work for you, to change it. I'm taking this to heart, occasionally taking a week off to spend more time with my children, or taking an extra week to organize the cleaning.

Week 4 is all about organizing your priorities, but first, let me recap my two weeks of week 3. I started out strong, in week 3.1, listing every single chore we do in our house. I imagine it looks pretty typical to other homes with small children and pets. Week 3.2  took the time to evaluate what we do each day, what our days look like. I started listing each daily chore on the day it made me the sense to me based on what we were doing. Then, Sunday night, I sat down and divvied everything up, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly.

It's a rough copy, but I want to work with it for a bit and make sure this generally works before I really commit to designing my own sheet.
note to self - don't use the pink pen

Now, next week. Organize your priorities.

I have a particular affection for this week. So much of our lives we spend moving from one task to the next, checking things off, and if you're anything like me, feeling a sense of accomplishment as each task gets a line through it or a check mark.

This week is all about evaluating what we're doing those tasks for. There are several pieces of good information on how to do this in the book, I don't want to give away all the secrets, but I'm just going to challenge you to make one list. A "top ten" list of your priorities, giving each one a specific to-do for that priority.

For instance, one of my top tens is my husband. My to-do for that is to pre-schedule a date night with a baby-sitter for each month, at least 3 months out.

So go. Prioritize, and remember what you're doing all the little things for.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your top ten priorities? I'd love to hear them!

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