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Is your list O.O.C?

From out of control, to in control this new year. Have you ever looked at your to-do list and just felt completely and utterly overwhelmed before you even start?
Written Jan 19, 2010, read 1755 times since then.


My days were often looking like that when I came back from SHINE. I would end my day defeated before the next day had ever begun. While the high of checking things off the list was there, the items left unchecked left me feeling less euphoric about what was actually accomplished.

For the past couple of weeks, I have had the great opportunity to work with a business coach to help make my business better. Tammy Redmon, from Redmon & Associates, has been working with me to help me reach my business goals. It has been such a unique experience for me because I am able to actually discover how valuable my time is, increase my productivity, and discover what can emerge from quieting the negative mind chatter that sometimes dictates my actions.

During one of our fist sessions she asked to see what I was working on this week. As I was carrying on and on about all that I was trying to tackle she offered a suggestion to stop, and look at how I'm creating my list. I never realized that I had my own unique way for organizing, prioritizing and accomplishing my action items!

Here are 5 Quick Tips that I have discovered for  transforming your OUT OF CONTROL list making.

1.) Centralize your list.
If you find that your list is never ending it probably because it in three different notebooks, sticky notes, iphone notes and a variety of other areas. To make life easier every morning write what you would like to accomplish today. Stick to one notebook and do not start to mark up another page unless your finished with your first list.

2.) Banish your sticky notes.
I know you little clutter bugs love to decorate your laptops, desktops and any other surface with your sticky notes however, you need to stop! If you must use a sticky note, centralize it to your ONE notebook or on the specific topic at hand.

3.) Don't organize your thoughts.
Crazy right? Actually it's rather refreshing to let your brain dump onto the contents of a page first thing in the morning. Once you've done your dump, then begin to prioritize.

4.) Accomplish small items first.
Contrary to what has been said about tackling the big items first... I find that my clients don't follow through with that method. ;) If you enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishing your small tasks first, DO IT!

5.)Circle, Check Mark, Slash Method.
Unbeknownst to me, I have invented a method for list making! After you've done your brain dump for the day and prioritized you list. The second thing to keep you on track is to circle any unfinished tasks on your list, check mark, all the tasks you've accomplished, then slash the tasks which you've delegated or have deemed unnecessary.


Learn more about the author, KAMMIE LISENBY.

Comment on this article

  • Creative Clarity Coach 
Bainbridge Island, Washington 
Jennifer Manlowe
    Posted by Jennifer Manlowe, Bainbridge Island, Washington | Jan 27, 2010

    Thanks for these tips, Kim! I bet you're an amazing gift to your clients. I've seen how focused you can be as a listener to exactly what each person needs. Too, I love the way you bring out the best in all of us at your workshops.

    All of this is to say, when is your Organizing Workbook going to come out?

    Perhaps you'll want to join the rest of the Biznik entrepreneurs who've signed up for my workshop on just this topic.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Licensed Massage Therapist 
Oregon City, Oregon 
Rachel Sheard
    Posted by Rachel Sheard, Oregon City, Oregon | Jan 29, 2010

    I found a very similar method online a couple months ago: I used it for a week or maybe 2 weeks, and it helped a lot. My issues about using something like this online are: 1. I stay home with my kids during the day while hubby's at work (I work at night), so for me to be most productive, that doesn't necessarily mean turning the computer on first thing in the morning--usually the computer squelches my productivity if it gets turned on before naptime!; 2. As a massage therapist, I don't have a computer in my massage room/office, so if I have some free time between clients, I COULD be doing something productive, if only I knew WHAT.

    A few weeks ago, I read an article by Robert Middleton ( see Time Mastery 12-21-09) that simplified the Simpleology method on paper. Woohoo! Now that's a method that works for me!

  • Hotel Operator, business developer, designer, environmental consultant 
Spring Green, Wisconsin 
Carolina Dursina
    Posted by Carolina Dursina, Spring Green, Wisconsin | Jan 29, 2010

    Thank yo for posting this article; quite helpful, I like number 3. and I figured out that I was practicing that. Happy organizing!

  • Spiritual Counselor, Healer, and Writer with Divine Messages. 
Seattle, Washington 
Sea Gabriel
    Posted by Sea Gabriel, Seattle, Washington | Sep 01, 2010

    Thank you, Kammie. I need all the organization help I can get and this gives me a great way to start.

  • Doctor of Chiropractic 
Seattle, Washington 
Jason Silliker
    Posted by Jason Silliker, Seattle, Washington | Sep 03, 2010

    Fantastic. Thanks for the tips.

  • Do Me a Favor 
Renton, Washington 
Dawn-Michele Okamoto
    Posted by Dawn-Michele Okamoto, Renton, Washington | Sep 11, 2010

    Great Suggestions that are quick and easy to start doing today! Thanks