Focus with a To-Do List

Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling like you have a million things to-do. Is that every morning?

Take time to pause for a moment to write down a to-do list.

First, you will learn is that you don’t have a million things to-do (maybe a thousand). Making a list is an instant visual to show you what needs to get done. Prioritize your list, group similar tasks together, like calls to make, or errands to run. Decide if anything can be delegated to someone else or can wait for a future date.

Second, it will clear your mind of all that stuff running through it so you can focus on one-thing-at-a-time. Your list will be waiting for you as you complete one task and move on to the next. As you move throughout our day and think of new to-dos, add them to the list.

You will be able to focus on each item individually instead of trying to multi-task all day long. Make sure that you check-off/scratch-out each task as it is completed as a little celebration of moving forward with your day.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


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  2. Janet Barclay on January 7, 2021 at 8:33 am

    I’m constantly tweaking the way I use my to-do list, but I can’t imagine life without it!

  3. Janet Schiesl on January 7, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Since the start of the pandemic I’ve been tweaking my to-do list too. I can’t seem to get it right.

  4. Pamela Wong on January 20, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    I love using my to-do list. Just like you said, it clears my mind so I can focus on the task at hand.

  5. Janet Schiesl on January 21, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Yes Pamela, it really works!

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