Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How to Organize Your Mind When Your Brain Isn't Cooperating.

Mind control. Wouldn't it be great if we all had it? I'm not talking about controlling other people's minds, just our own! Sometimes it seems like one half of your brain is out to get the other half. You try and remember to buy milk, and your mind is remembering the name of your junior prom date. Why? Why, I ask? And more importantly, what can we do about it?

Luckily for us, (at least for me), there are some simple devices you can use to help your brain remember and organize the info it needs to. And get it out of your brain where it just keeps looping around. You can be as high tech or low tech as you would like. Ready? Here are some ideas to help:

  1. Lists. Can't get more basic then this. But you actually have to use them. Simply writing down vague ideas, or even concrete things to do won't help at all  IF YOU CAN'T FIND THE LIST! I know, seems basic, right. But get yourself a long skinny notepad, preferably one with a magnet on the back, and stick it on the side of your fridge. Easy to find, not easily visible to guests.
  2. Now use it! Write down a list of things you need to accomplish, and include a few things you want to accomplish. Something for you, like going for a walk, taking a long bath. It's important you balance the needs with the wants, otherwise your day has no joy in it, nothing to look forward to.
  3. The list doesn't have to be updated daily, weekly is fine. Whatever works for you.
  4. When you've completed something, cross it off! Pick a color pen or pencil you especially like, and use it to make a big line through what you've done. Instant gratification. It doesn't get much better.
  5. When you finish all on one list, begin a new one.
  6. If you want to keep track of what you've accomplished, keep the old lists in a folder. Look back on it whenever you feel like you are getting nothing done, going no where fast. It will remind you of what you HAVE DONE!
  7. You can go high tech with a list kept on your electronic device. Works for some people, but not for me. I need to manually cross out the done items with a big red pencil. Little things just make me happy!
That should empty your mind of all those pesky things you need to do, as well as make time for all those things you want to do. Congrats - you are now a master of mind control......

be organized!.....evelyn

 If you would like more organizing tips, find more in my eBook, 30 Days to an Organized Home, by clicking on the title. Also available on Kindle.

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