I have another great survival tip. Having a “to do list” that you will use. For me finding one that I could work with was a God-send. My “to do list” is made up of three columns: To Do, To Go, and To Call.
Each night I pull out a blank copy of my list. This is my To Do List. On this list, I write down everything that needs to be done for the day, every place I have to go and every person I have to call. I even put down the phone numbers and little note why I am making the call. The list and my calendar go with me on my errands, if I have any for the day. If I wind up waiting somewhere, I have the phone numbers and can make calls and save some time later in the day.
I should note that the items on the To Do part of the list are things that are not part of my normal routine. I do have a household management binder that lists everything out that is done on a daily, weekly and seasonal level.
I also have learned not to sweat it if everything does not get completed in the day. It has taken me a long time to get to this point, Type A personality that I am. Over time, I slowly realized that unless it was matter of safety, items can wait until I have time to get to them. Most of the items are taken care of within a week. I just place the unfinished items on the first lines of tomorrow’s list and they will usually get done the next day.
I also limit myself to number of boxes on the sheet for each day. That means 12 To Do, 12 To Go and 12 To Call. Let’s face it, if you are trying to accomplish more than 36 items above and beyond the normal routine, items won’t get done.
I hope this list will bless you as it has blessed me.