Hello friends; I thought I would share some of my personal organizing and productivity messes and how I learned to fix them.
I am the proud mother of a 27 year old son, Chris. I am also a happy wife to a wonderful man, Ray. Sounds dreamy right? Well it wasn’t always this way. While raising Chris I not only found out he was challenged with ADHD and had anxiety disorder, I found out I too was challenged by these. During the discovery time; which took years…..LOL, and a lot of trial and errors….mostly errors. But they say we usually learn the best lessons from our errors and recovering from them. Here are some of the lessons I learned which also has aided me in helping others.
One of my challenges was that I always got into the mess of not having a clear mind when I had many projects going at the same time. How I learned to fix that mess was I created a habit of “Live by your schedule - however, be flexible”. I tried many calendaring systems over the years and as my life changed, so did my systems. I tried one until I found the one that worked for me.
Here is my fix: Learn how to build time in your schedule for switching projects. Allow your mind to let go of the last project and direct it toward the next. I can hear some of you saying “get real, I don’t have time to stop in between projects!” How do I know you are saying that? Because I too, said the same thing!! It doesn’t take much time; maybe just take a few minutes and get something to drink. I get a drink and write in my notebook. I have a notebook with me most of my time. I write my notes from that project, my to-do-list, etc. It helps me lay that project down and start another one. Then read over your to-do-list and notes for the next project. Sounds like a lot right? But it doesn’t have to be, this can take just a few minutes. When we are building habits it “seems” to take a long time, however, once you are in the habit of doing this; it will only takes a few minutes.