After returning home from the grocery store, for the third time that week with out toilet paper, it occurred to me I might need a little help remembering things. By then even the KIeenex was gone. Organization has never been my thing, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
When you are a disorganized hot mess and already have a major problem with hoarding pieces of paper, making lists just seems like it is going to be one more thing to weigh you down.
I had stacks of junk mail. Piles of greeting cards and other correspondence. Old bills tucked into desk drawers and peaking out from shelves where they were stashed. No, I really didn’t need to add lists to the collection.
Or did I?
After the toilet paper debacle I began to entertain the thought of keeping a grocery list. For, you know, just the important things. Like food.
The idea took over, and I began to make lists for other shopping expeditions too… the craft store and hardware.
I truly was amazed at how much time I was saving. I no longer had to run out for that one important thing that I forgot. I didn’t wander aisles aimlessly hoping for inspiration to take hold. I was on a mission! I began to save time and… taaaaaadaaaaa money! If it wasn’t on the list, I didn’t need it.
Following a frantic morning, having discovered I had no clean uniforms for work, my list making took on new proportions. No longer just shopping lists, I now had a task list. I organized the list by urgency. A’s – Urgent. B’s – less important. C’s – more of a when I get around to it kinda importance.
As I cross off tasks at the top of the list in the A category, items in the B’s and C’s get moved up. While I may never be a model of efficiency I am getting more done these days. As I accomplish my chores there is a certain sense of calm entering my life. I am less stressed, have more time. And the little piles of paper? I got those cleaned up, it was on my list.
For now, I’m just gonna keep working my A’s off.