Potential Magazine August 2014 - Page 27

Make Lists The daily to-do list is a simple way to stay on track. Do this in addition to using your calendar. The daily list should include more detail than your calendar entries and should encompass everything you need to accomplish, including a run to the pharmacy or folding laundry. Keep the list wherever you’re most likely to see it and easily refer to it throughout the day. And cross tasks off as you complete them. There’s no better feeling than looking at a list that’s nothing but lines! Plan Meals A head H el p fu l Tip Making 20 trips to the grocery store a week is not a good use of your time. If you carefully plan meals for the entire week during the weekend or on Monday, you can make a comprehensive list and cut your grocery trips down. You’ll probably save money too. Check out our Easy Weeknight Dinner recipes on page 31 for some meal-planning inspiration. Keep your list where you can see it frequently, such as ne xt to your purse or computer—this way you will always have your tasks within eye -sight. You can also hang up a dry erase bo ard on a door or wall you walk past oft en. Goal for It! ) v Setting goals and writing them down is a great way to keep yourself organized. We love Lara Casey’s PowerSheets. They make it easy (and pretty!) to set a few major goals for the year and then stay focused on achieving them. Get All Involved You can get the organization ball rolling, but it will take the cooperation of your entire family to keep your household running efficiently. Make sure your spouse and kids pitch in on keeping things picked up and put away, and encourage them to use a calendar and daily to-do lists too. Create a Family Launch Area Keep the morning madness to a minimum with this simple system from OrganizedHome.com. Designate a by-the-door area for each family member to unload keys, paperwork, money, sunglasses, etc. Use a box or container per family member to collect these items upon arrival and when rushing out the door. It’s a great place to put reminders and anything that needs to go to school. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80 percent of our medical expenditures are related to stress. www.potentialmagazine.com 27