Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Handouts From Women's Conference

Link to President Welton's Class

Handouts from Stephanie Stewart's organizing class

How to ORGANIZE just about ANYTHING
 How to ORGANIZE just ablout ANYTHING 
1.     Start with a goal:           I want  ________________________________________ to be more organized

2.     Evaluate the problem  -  determine what is and isn’t working with how you are doing things and how things are currently set up  ______________________________________________________________  

3.     Determine what COULD change or be done differently _________________________________________

4.     Try to look at it a new way – don’t be limited by existing format or structure  - imagine starting fresh _______________________________________________________________________________________

5.     Take an inventory – determine what you have, what’s missing, what’s weighing you down ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
6.     Draw up a plan & put it in writing – detail everything (make sure it will fit, you’ve included everything, try to foresee problems, decide where to start, who will help, & when to begin) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

7.     Remove the baggage - holding you back, weighing you down, taking up space? Get rid of it! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

8.     Get everything you need to execute the plan – supplies, support, equipment, time, sleep J
9.     Execute the plan/ Organize it - set it up,  put pieces in place, put things in order

10.  Try it out - See if it works, give it some time to see what may or may not be working

11.  Evaluate it – don’t abandon it! Tweak it & improve it until it’s working well _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

12.  Adapt as life changes - adjust and reconfigure as needed to keep it organized & working
13.  Do a Happy dance ~ you did it!         

© Stephanie Stewart –

Keys of an effective TO DO list
 Keys to an effective TO DO list               
v  Decide the type of list you’ll use - (paper vs. digital) & how and where you’ll keep it
v  Plan it out – how will it be set up? When will you plan/update it (weekly & daily)?
v  Dump your brain - Put EVERYTHING on it! Anything and everything that needs to be done in every category of your life goes on the list.
v  Include yesterday and tomorrow - things you missed, things coming up
v  Sort into Types of Tasks - what action? (call, go, buy, desk, decide, discuss, yard, home)
v  Determine & sort by priority – MUST do, SHOULD do, COULD do
v  Don’t list any vague tasks -  determine specific action required and list that
v  Break down “projects” into small specific tasks (what do I need to do first, next, last?)
v  Add daily tasks (*if you want) - great way to remind yourself to do daily things
v  Add Repeat Reminders (* if you want) - Add repeat tasks of things you need to do every month, year or at specific times (ie. sprinklers, household maintenance, checkups, gifts, holiday traditions, Christmas tasks)
v  Get help by sharing the list with those involved – look at the list as a family/couple, use the list to help with decisions, make a plan for when you’ll look at it and do things
v  Add to it every day - whenever you think of (or someone mentions) a new to do
v  Make a DO TODAY list and use it (evaluate your day and schedule, make it reasonable and realistic -  separate by MUST do, SHOULD do, & COULD do)
v  Work off of DO TODAY and then make one for tomorrow - check things off as you complete them, evaluate and then plan for tomorrow
v  Reevaluate and rework the plan - what’s not working? find a solution, change it up
v  Give yourself a break – do what works for you! celebrate your successes

© Stephanie Stewart –