Getting Back on Track
A new season is upon us. I know I’ve let some things slide over the summer. Here are some ways to get back on track.
- Declare an email backlog. Create an email folder called backlog and put all the old emails there. Mark Forster in Do It Tomorrow suggests making a daily initiative of taking a few minutes first thing to work on your backlog. And any new email that comes in needs to be dealt with by tomorrow to keep on top of things.
- Declare a paper backlog. Do you have piles of papers all over? Put them all in a box to be sorted after your email backlog is handled. In the meantime you have a fresh, empty inbox for your papers. Deal with your papers by tomorrow and you won’t stay behind.
- Go through your house and clean up clutter hot spots – tops of tables, unused chairs, corners, etc. Better yet, get your family involved to get it done faster.
- Look over your routines. Did any schedules change? Is your daily schedule unrealistic? Is there any cleaning you can move from weekly to bi-weekly?
- Get all your to do’s in one notebook or on one list. I like Remember the Milk.
Now get to work! If you get stuck try numbering your to do’s and go to random.org to pick one to start with. I find once I have one going it’s easier to see what needs to be done next.