If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ve probably gathered by now that I’m a huge list maker. I’m very visual, and keeping lists in my notebook, on my phone, or tacked to the bulletin board in my closet helps keep important stuff at the forefront of my mind (and helps me minimize the stacks of books, mending, craft projects, stationery, and other items that would otherwise be serving as visual reminders of my intentions).
I like to keep a lot of projects going at once, but I also like my house to stay neat and orderly, and my lists help me accomplish both goals. I know I could technically survive without my lists, but I wouldn’t be nearly as functional or efficient without them.
Making lists keeps me mindful
I keep all the standard to-do lists: birthday and appointment calendars, gift ideas, weekly menus, things to pick up at the grocery store (although now that Walmart offers grocery pick-up, whenever I run out of something I just add it directly to my online cart instead of putting it on a shopping list).
I also keep a record of the books I’ve read (or want to read), letters I’ve written (or need to write), crafts I’ve completed (or hope to start next), and lesson plans for my homeschooling.
If I’m working on developing a new habit, I use a chart like this:
Unless I’m trying to establish better habits in a lot of areas simultaneously, in which case I use something like this:
Some columns are for checkmarks: I mark them once I’ve read my Bible, taken my vitamin, flossed my teeth, moisturized my skin, checked my phone messages (I’m bad about letting those things pile up for days). Others are for recording the number on the scale when I weigh each morning or the number of calories I consume daily when I’m trying to lose a few pounds. The wider columns are for more detailed information: titles of books I’m reading or names of people I send snail mail to.
The point is, I’ve found that I usually accomplish far more when I’m intentional about how I spend my time.
Fortunately, time management skills can be learned!
This year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle has a whole section of books and courses on time management and productivity that that I’m really looking forward to digging into more deeply, including:
4 Weeks to a More Productive Life
I’ve taken several of Crystal Paine’s courses before. They are straight forward and practical, full of great tips that can be implemented easily for long lasting results. This new program is designed to help you stop spinning your wheels so you can start doing less but accomplishing more. (Value: $17)
Crush Your Week
Discover a step-by-step time management system for fitting all the things you NEED and WANT to get done in your schedule, feel more balanced, and start to design a life you LOVE! (Value: $15)
Be the Boss of Your Time
Learn how to take stock of what you do every day and rearrange it so that the important stuff gets the time it deserves. (Value: $37)
Whether you are just wanting your house to be more organized or are homeschooling thirteen kids, Finding Time: Home and Children can show you how to make your home more than just a dumping ground that overwhelms you to think about. (Value: $97)
Do you want to be a better time manager?
Is time management an area of struggle for you? Or maybe it’s an area of strength you’d like to develop further. Either way, these books and courses can help. They’ll show you how to:
- Plan your work week without worrying about missing a dinner or becoming overwhelmed with household chores.
- Transform your chaotic mornings into calm and peaceful mornings.
- Quit spending time doing the same things as everyone else, and more time on the things that make you unique.
- Discover a step-by-step system for fitting all the things you NEED and WANT to get done.
- Create a tangible weekly routine you can put into practice immediately.
- Learn to prioritize the most important things in your life so you can create more breathing room in your day.
Just these four resources alone normally retail for $166.00 — that’s more than 5 1/2 times what you’d spend on the 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle in its entirety! Can you see why I think this offer is such a great deal?
I’ve been investing in these bundles for six years now. I’ve never once read every book in any of the bundles I’ve purchased, but I’ve always gotten way more than my money’s worth in the handful of books I do read and in the fabulous bonus offers that come with every bundle.
Speaking of which, I’m offering an extra bonus this year for readers who buy the bundle through my affiliate link. If you are interested in being more productive and organized, this will be right up your alley:
It includes my ebook, Balance: The Art of Minding What Matters Most, over 120 pages of my most popular organizational printables (save time by downloading them all in one click!), and a digital copy of the customizable day planner I designed myself and have been using all year. It includes monthly and week-at-a-glance calendars, built-in habit trackers, a prayer journal and daily Bible reading plan, plus plenty of space for goal setting, progress charts, book lists, and other notes. I love it and think you will, too!
To claim your extra bonus, purchase a copy of the 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through this link, then email me a copy of your receipt, and I’ll send you instructions for downloading your bonus files within 48 hours.Blessings,
PS. I sometimes use affiliate links to share products or services I love and think you'll love, too (like Walmart's pickup grocery service below... how did we ever survive without that?). You can view my full disclosure statement here.