This month, we’ve focused on tackling all the little things that never grace our to do list. These little things, while important, are often not urgent, so we tend to dismiss them. But addressing these little things can save big time and money down the road! For instance, we started the series by taking the time to make sure our keys are organized and that we have spares. This could save time from trying to hunt down keys later, or worse, having to pay spendy locksmith fees. To see all the past posts, make sure to check out my Taking Care of Small Things page.
Today is the last post in the series, and wanted to leave you with a task that would help propel you forward in making space in your life for tackling more of these kind of tasks. Here’s what I came up with: I’d like you to take some time out to start a list of the little tasks that need to get done. I bet some of these tasks have been occupying time and worry in your brain – so let’s get them out, and put them on a paper.
To help get you started, here are some of the tasks on my own list, along with some ideas you might consider:
- Review auto insurance policy.
- Clean out and organize the junk drawer.
- Schedule a pick up of donatable items in garage.
- Do a final fall clean-up of the garden.
- Schedule those appointments that need to get done: dentist, doctor, vet.
- Schedule home maintenance servicing (window cleaning, carpet cleaning, furnace servicing).
- Hang pictures.
You might want to take a good 15-30 minutes to do this somewhere quiet, distraction free, and perhaps with a cup of coffee. Chances are more items will come to you as you move through the next few days. For this reason, I encourage you to keep this list nearby so you can add to it.
With your list in place, you might want to color code or highlight items of high importance or priority. Next, figure out how you’d like to tackle your list. A couple ideas I have:
- Designate a “Get ‘er Done Day.” As the name implies, you’ll choose a day or a part of a day where the aim will be to cross off as many items as possible on your list. This may require some planning ahead: calling a babysitter, doing some prep work, organizing the order of errands, possibly even setting some money aside, depending on the tasks involved.
- Choose a Task a Day. Similar to what we’ve been doing here at the blog this month, you can simply pick a task a day and add it to your to do list.
While I started this series as a way to tackle the little things, what I personally found is that those little things helped give me some traction to tackle bigger things I’d put off, too. As I sit here at the end of the month, both my house and car are totally clean, a pot of homemade vegetable broth is simmering on the stove, the laundry is nearly complete and I’m finding an overall sense of calm I haven’t in quite awhile.
I hope that this series has helped to inspire and motivate you to bring a greater sense of organization to your life! I would love your feedback, particularly as I consider series and post ideas for the future. I’d also love to know what tasks are on your list to tackle next! Let’s keep each other accountable to get it done!