Declutter Your Brain!
What’s the best way to remember something? Write it down! A great way to clear the clutter from your mind is to organize with lists. Lists can be used to classify and clarify everything from vital information to useful tidbits and interesting facts.
For a long time I was reluctant to organize with lists. Among other things, it seemed tedious. An ever-increasing task list combined with the wisdom that comes with maturity have made me a convert to the process - big time!
If you are like me, important thoughts pop into your mind at the most inopportune times: while driving, taking a shower, or trying to fall asleep. Why is that? For one thing, these kinds of tasks don’t require a lot of concentrated thought, leaving the mind free to pursue other interests.
It’s at these moments that my mind takes over, reminding me of things I need to do, people I need to contact, things I wanted to remember but had temporarily forgotten and so forth. The trouble is, I’m usually in no position to act on these thoughts, and that leaves me feeling stressed.
If your brain works in similar ways, then list-making is for you!
In order to truly organize with lists, all your lists must be kept in one easy-to-access location. This can be a good old fashioned notebook, a traditional planner, an electronic devise, a binder with tab dividers or some other method you prefer. The important thing is that you use one consistent method for recording all your lists.
It doesn't do any good to write things down if you never look at them, so be sure to choose a method you know you’ll refer to regularly.
It may seem limiting to organize with lists, but the truth is there are many different kinds of lists. Utilize a variety of lists to meet your information management needs.
Here are some examples of different types of lists.
Reference lists contain information you wish to refer to regularly. They have a wide range of applications. They can include inventories, indexes, directories, tallies, outlines, schedules, tables and more.
Here is a closer look at a few of the many possibilities with examples of each:
Directory (include contact information, pricing, etc.):
lists are a great way to organize all your brilliant ideas. Below are some suggestions to organize with
lists that inspire you.
A ‘Look Book’ is a special kind of visual list. The idea is to collect pictures or samples of things that inspire you (everything from decorating ideas to inspiring vistas). Your Look Book can be made from magazine cutouts, postcards, swatches, and other odds and ends glued to the pages of a spiral notebook or it can be electronic. Pinterest, Indulgy and other electronic pin boards are great places to create a series of Look Books.
Follow my organizational 'look books' on Pinterest.
Personal lists are lists you keep simply because they give you satisfaction, uplift you, or give you strength and comfort when you are down. Possible topics for personal lists include:
The possibilities here are endless. Keep track of favorite quotes, scriptural verses, books, movies, authors, actors, artists, restaurants, hotels, vacation destinations, and more.
Everyone knows what a To Do list is, right? Most of us have made them at one time or other. Some people swear by them. Others find them a source of stress. Personally I love them. I love the peace of mind that comes with knowing I'm keeping track of things that need to be done and the satisfaction that comes from crossing items off my list.
As you can see, there are many ways to organize with lists. Try experimenting to find the types of lists that best meet your needs. The ultimate goal when you organize with lists is to declutter your brain so that you can be more productive with less stress.
Happy List Making!
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