7 Lists to Up Your Organization Game

“Where did the time go?”

“How is it the end of the year already?

“HOW WILL I GET IT ALL DONE?!!?”

If you find yourself saying any of the things above (and maybe we speak from experience), you’re probably feeling the anxiety/excitement that comes with the end of the semester and holiday season. In fact, now might be a good time to look back at those New Year’s resolutions to get organized that you made almost a year ago.

But just in case you can’t find them, we’ve rounded up 7 lists you can start keeping now to help you get organized on everything from daily tasks to long-term plans. It’s a list…of lists!

 

To Do Lists = Getting It Done

To do lists are simple but lifesaving ways to stay productive. The key to making them effective is simply to focus on the most important things you want to get done each day or week. Don’t write every single thing you have to do, or you might end up feeling a little overwhelmed! Stick to the priorities, and then enjoy the awesome feeling of crossing each item off as you finish.

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Don’t Get Overwhelmed at the Bookstore.

Reading is one of the best — and cheapest — ways to learn new things. The good news is that great books and articles are abundant and easily accessible these days. Keep a list of book recommendations you come across for the next time you find yourself in a bookstore. And to save online articles for later viewing, download an app like Pocket, which lets you save and download any article right onto your smartphone.

 

Making Dreams Reality

Believe it or not, research shows that people who write down their long-term goals have a significantly higher probability of achieving them. Take some time to define a few of your personal and professional dreams for the next decade and beyond, and then write them down and keep the list nearby. Bonus points if you display it somewhere you’ll constantly be able to see it.

 

You Get a Gift & You Get a Gift & You Get a Gift

Let’s face it: it’s holiday shopping time, which of course means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for loved ones. One great way to avoid the last-minute scramble of buying unnecessary things? Keep a working list throughout the year anytime an idea for a possible present for someone comes up. This list can go beyond the holidays, of course — it’s also a great thing to have on hand for birthdays, weddings or anniversaries.

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Don’t Get Locked Out.

We’ve all been there: you’re trying to log into an online account, only to discover you’ve completely forgotten the password. You could answer a few security questions and wait for a password reset email or you could consult a handy password list. For maximum security, try a software like LastPass that will save all your passwords in one place, or encrypt your own spreadsheet. It might take a little effort at first, but a master password list can save you a lot of time and trouble down the road.

 

Make Your Own Brag Book.

This type of list is much more than a list —it’s a way to keep your greatest accomplishments on hand, in case of an impromptu interview or career fair. Keeping a list of documents displaying your proudest job, college or internship recognition will equip you to make a lasting impression on prospective employers, while also serving as an inspiring reminder of all you’ve accomplished.

 

What’s That Last One? …Oh Yeah!

Don’t forget to make a “don’t forget” list, otherwise known as a miscellaneous list for all the things that don’t fit into any other list! Anytime you remember something you don’t have time to address in the moment, add it to this list to make sure you’ll get back to it later. Keep an ongoing list in the Notes app on your smartphone, or scribble it on a piece of paper in a notebook or bag you reach for daily.

By Priscilla Aceves

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