(If you liked the Meal Planning Boot Camp and the John Maxwell book, I think you’ll love this series on getting things done. I have two speaking engagements coming up in the next two weeks so, in order to focus on my preparation, I’m sharing some great posts from the past that I hope will encourage and motivate you. I’ll be checking in on the comments, so feel free to offer ideas and ask questions! You’re awesome…you know that, right?)
Have you tried to buy a toothbrush lately?
Compact? Full size? Soft? Medium? Gum and cheek cleaners? Red? Blue? Straight bristles? Staggered bristles? Powered? Manual?
I literally stared at the wall of toothbrushes for 10 minutes.
Finally, I slapped myself and yelled, “It’s a TOOTHBRUSH!!!!!” I grabbed the closest one and ran to the checkout line.
Or something like that.
But you know what? If the store had only 1 lonely, boring toothbrush, I would have been perfectly happy.
And I would have 10 minutes of my life back.
The Problem With Too Many Options
Decision making isn’t just about choosing the option we want, but also eliminating the options we don’t want.
Therefore more options we have, the harder it is to make a decision.
As moms, we don’t have a boss telling us exactly what we need to do. (Technically) we can do anything we want, anyway we want to, at anytime.
And we not only have to make decision for ourselves, what we do and how we spend our time, but we also need to help our children make those decisions as well.
Constant decision making is draining.
It’s one thing to start the day feeling like anything is possible, but it’s quite another to feel like you’re staring at an endless array of options.
And once you pick and complete your first task, then you have to face that huge wall of options….again. Except now you’re more tired and less focused than you were before. Rinse. Repeat. All day long.
The Humble To Do ListThat is why I am learning to truly make my to do list the hub of everything I do.
When I am full of energy and vision I fill and organize my to do list.
Then in the middle of the day when I am drained and I have email that needs replying, dinner that needs making, and a thousand other things calling my name, I can see my list and KNOW what is important.
A simple to do list keeps me focused, on course and less likely to give up (i.e. sit on the couch with a tub of ice cream and the Food Network. Or maybe that’s just me.).
To Be Continued…
In the part 2, I’ll get super practical and show you how to keep your to do list simple and do-able. I’ll also share my favorite programs and apps that help me get things done. I’ll even giveaway a few of those apps! Stay tuned.
Please share your thoughts: Do you ever feel overwhelmed by how much you should do, could do or just want to do? How do you respond?
Update: Read The Rest of the Series…
1. Tips for Moms: How To Get Things Done
2. Mom Tips: How To Get Things Done, Pt. 2
3. Mom Tips: How To Get Things Done, Pt. 3
4. Mom Tips: Routines vs Tasks – Why You Need To Know The Difference
5. How To Be Awesome
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