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My Thoughts on List Making

I am presenting a workshop on Lists next month.

If you are in the DC area, I’d love for you to attend.

Here’s the information from the Basic Organization website.

But, I want to expand on my thoughts on the subject here, today.


I get my best thinking done while I am driving in my car and in the early morning hours, when I should be sleeping. A million things can pop into my head at these times. The issue is I can forget a thought as quickly as I have it, so I spend a crazy amount of time and brain energy remembering my thoughts. Do you do this? It can be so frustrating as I lie in bed, going over a list of thoughts, instead of sleeping, because inevitability I forget half of what pops into my head. ALWAYS!

Is it age?. . . . Maybe, a little. . . . . . . . But research has shown that your brain can not determine the importance of what you are thinking about. So while some thoughts may be important, other unimportant thoughts are taking up space in your memory and squeeze out the good stuff. This is so me! I end up remembering to do a load of laundry but forget to buy my plane ticket for my upcoming vacation.

If you can relate to this, maybe you need to find a better way to get your thoughts out of your head and arranged into an organized fashion that will work for you. What works for one person, may not work for others, so you need to find a personal system that works for you.

What have you tried?

Did any or part of it work?

Are you a visual person?

Are you paper-based or tech-friendly? or both?

These are some things that we are going to explore on the up coming workshop.

Won’t you join us?!

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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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