{Intentionally Organized} List Making Edition

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If you ask any of my friends to describe me they will undoubtedly say things like organized, Type A, or even obsessive. I am all of the above and more. I love to create systems to stay organized and I hate for things to be out of place.

Lists are just about my favorite thing ever! I make them for everything and I drive everyone around me crazy with my check lists.

After I chose my word for the year – Intentional – I set about thinking of all the ways I could be more intentional. And making more lists was at the top of my list. It’s a problem, or more like a sickness rather…

I have lists everywhere. I lose lists. I have duplicate items on multiple lists. I must need a list to organize all my lists!

No, that’s not the answer. Instead, I made a few changes and organized my lists.

Step 1
I got a new planner. Now all of my lists are in one place. This one has sections for goals, places for lists, pockets to hold extra lists, and removable, reusable laminated dashboards to allow for frequently updated lists.
I sweetly asked my hubby to buy me an Erin Condren planner. I love it. It’s so pretty and has so many sections for lists and notes.

Step 2
I created a master list. This is really my brain dump list. Everything that needs to be done and every random thought I have throughout the day is placed on this list. My mom bought me a pretty notepad that is designed for making to do lists. It even has tiny checkboxes next to each item. Now I can just write everything that pops into my head onto this huge list. And I keep it in the pretty pocket at the back of my planner.

Step 3
I organized my lists. I have one for grocery shopping, one for things that must be completed each week, one for things that need to be done each month (but are not time sensitive), one of honey-do’s for my hubby (he just loves this one….), and one for my blog. I look through my giant brain dump list and categorize items and put them on the appropriate list.

Even with this system I still felt somewhat disorganized in some areas. I told my husband that I was too tired to think anymore. I blamed pregnant-brain for this but he encouraged me to make more lists to eliminate some of the items that I had to think about during the day.

So I thought about what things stressed me out the most…..
Trying to decide on appropriate consequences for my kids
Making sure parts of the house were deep cleaned
Remembering what usual items we needed at the grocery store
Ensuring my kids completed their chores

Then I made some lists for those items as well.

  • I created a discipline chart that includes Scripture verses and consequences. I thought about the 3 areas where my kids were currently struggling the most and wrote down applicable rules, Scriptures, and consequences.
  • I made a cleaning checklist by dividing the house into zones. Now I know which area of my house should be cleaned during the week. I don’t have to try to remember the last time I cleaned the bathrooms.
  • I also created a grocery list printable that lists all the items we buy on a regular basis in the order that you can find them in the store. Now I print out one list per week and circle items that I know we need. If there are any extra things for a special recipe, I just write them in. Now we don’t forget the usual items and have to make extra grocery trips.
  • I wrote several checklists for my kids and their chore times. I wrote down daily chores but I also made special cleaning checklists. I made a list for their room that includes all the specific items that should be cleaned. Now when I ask them to pick up their room, I can give them the sheet that lists all areas of their room that need to be cleaned. Then when I check their work I use the list to hold them accountable. I was tired of asking them to do a job and then finding the job was very poorly done. Now they are responsible for making sure that their cleaning list is complete.

After completing the Make Over Your Mornings course from Money Saving Mom (which I totally recommend), I realized that I was suffering from decision fatigue. Did you know there was such a thing? I simply thought my brain had wandered off and left me feeling scattered and disorganized. Now I know that I was falling apart because I had so many decisions to make during the day and my poor brain was overworked and tired.

These lists will help me eliminate many of the decisions and all of the over-thinking that I do during a day. Now I can switch to auto-pilot for many tasks and have some brain power left over by the evening.

My meal planning lists and daily routine also help eliminate this brain fatigue. Now I can function with intention because my brain is back on board. Isn’t that great?

How can you eliminate brain fatigue in your life and be more intentionally organized?

If you need a boost, check out the course from Money Saving Mom. It was the perfect way to begin my new year with intention! Now I totally need her book…….

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0 thoughts on “{Intentionally Organized} List Making Edition

  1. Flexi, love love love your post. I had no idea there was such a thing as decision fatigue. I think I have a chronic case of it. I will check out crystal's book ASAP. Are you going to post about your discipline plan? Would love to see it.

  2. Err…lexi. NO idea how the "f" at the beginning of your name came to be. That's what I get for multitasking. Doing my stationary bike, while commenting. Lol

  3. Err…lexi. NO idea how the "f" at the beginning of your name came to be. That's what I get for multitasking. Doing my stationary bike, while commenting. Lol

  4. Flexi, love love love your post. I had no idea there was such a thing as decision fatigue. I think I have a chronic case of it. I will check out crystal's book ASAP. Are you going to post about your discipline plan? Would love to see it.

  5. Yes I do plan to post about our little discipline chart. I'm working on that post and it should go live in several weeks. It might be in March because I have a new blog series for February.
    I had no idea that decision fatigue had a name but I am certain that I suffer from it right now. I'm trying to make things easier for myself. The changes I've made so far have helped tremendously. I feel slightly less insane. 🙂

  6. I love this post! I am definitely a list maker and have been for many years, so I loved reading your ideas and what kinds of lists you make. I'm definitely going to borrow some of your ideas and start using them. 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us on the Hip Homeschool Hop!

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