Organized people set things up so that they are useful to them. Something as simple as a notebook can have many benefits that lead to increased productivity and lowered stress levels.
Here today, gone today. Not only is this true for how we should view life, but also the millions of thoughts we have, that come and go each day. Have you ever thought of something so genius-level, only to not remember the thought later on that day? I know I have, and it used to bother me, until I began to write my thoughts down on paper. In most cases, the writing turned into action.
I feel like the older we get, the more we look at certain things as juvenile. Some educational programs still prefer students to take notes in traditional paper notebooks, versus tablets or other devices. Call me old-fashioned, call it what you want, but it works! Honestly, I have over 10-15 notebooks for different seasons of life and its thoughts. Student or not, I feel like everyone needs a notebook. Head on over to your nearest dollar store and get a few notebooks. I promise its less than what you would spend eating out.
It's been proven that writing our your thoughts can help you increase productivity and decrease stress. Each morning, afternoon and night words should ink the paper, until thoughts become actions. There are a few key items that we need to discuss that will propel your journey of self-improvement.
Tip #1 - Make lists
Writing your thoughts down happen to make them easier to remember. Here are some things that you can write down to get your mindfulness on track:
Dates (personal and professional)
Things that you have observed during the day/week
Goals and Dreams
Sketches and Drawings :)
Although the thought of writing everything down can sound daunting, rest assured that it can be a major stress reliever, not to mention a goal achiever. Making lists will not only help to organize your life, but others around you will also take notice of the rapid progress you're making.
Tip #2 - Review your lists
Make your list(s) and review them daily, with a recap/review at the end of each week. For me, Sundays is the best day for me to look back at my lists to see what worked and what items that require more.
Here is a quick and easy template to structure your weekly review.
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"The truth is that finding happiness in what you do everyday is so imperative." – Gary Vaynerchuk
Tip #3 - Grab a highlighter & companion calendar
With each task on your To-Do lists you want to make sure that you are promptly completing each task with a given due date. The calendar you choose is totally up to you. Here are a couple of pictures from a calendar that I recently picked up for $4.99.
I love that this calendar/planner is compact and has room to write down items for each day.
Things to Remember:
If you're just starting out with your organizational journey writing your thoughts, goals and dreams down can great starting point. Follow Haus of Blog for more life-changing tips.
Written by: Jovon Pavielle/@JoJoJovon for Haus of Blog