Small Business Marketing by Jillian Shaw Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations for the Small Business

Reorganizing Life

05.26.2010 · Posted in Family, Life, Planning, Time Management
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An organized life is a happy life.

One day when I was particularly bored, I “invented” a new way of organizing my life so that I could tackle multiple  projects without letting others slip.  It worked pretty well for me, so hopefully you’ll find it useful, too.  I think I might have developed it while reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (affiliate link), so I’m sure I stole much of it from there.

The first thing I did was take out a pen and paper.  I think I had a Palm Pilot at the time, but I wanted something more permanent that I could refer back to.  On this paper I wrote out my various ‘titles’ for the spheres of my life.  They included “Soldier,” “Campaign Manager,” “Catholic,” “Daughter,” and a couple of other things.

Next I listed major goals that I wanted to accomplish in each area.  For example, under the Soldier category I listed “promotion” as a long-term goal.

Then for each goal I listed the steps necessary to reaching that long-term goal.  So for “promotion” one of the first steps would have been “find out how to get promoted to SGT,” and then from there I could form the next steps.

I had a separate list for each ‘category’ of my life, but I aggregated these very simple, basic steps into a to-do list that I integrated into my everyday to-do list.  That way, I was always aware of and actively working on my long-term self enhancing goals without them getting lost among the dry-cleaning pick up, grocery shopping, call mom sorts of tasks.

That’s pretty much it.  I’ve always juggled a lot of balls in my life and therefore have developed my own time management strategies.  Some people ask how I manage doing so many different things–for the most part, this is how.

As I approach a lot of changes coming up in the next couple of months, I think I’ll revisit my little life organization paper and make a few re-writes.  A lot of things are dropping off my list of categories–I’m no longer an Army Reservist, for example, and I’ll be dropping my full-time job–but some of the other categories are expanding.

I always get a kick out of any type of organizing, whether it be finances, my office furniture, house stuff, or my own life.  That might explain my obsession with office supplies…

Jillian's Currently Reading: Guerrilla Marketing, 4th edition: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business
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