Download this FREE Printable Priority Planning Worksheet For Organizing Your Life and priorities your Goals for your Household, Organizing and To-Do List.
One of the things I love about spring is getting organized and getting things cleaned out! That’s exactly what the FREE Printable Priority Planner is for! I just love that fresh feeling when you walk into a de-cluttered home! It’s something that brings peace to our home but also gives us some sanity as we head into the summer months when the kids are home and life is a full of activities, vacations and parties with friends and family!
If you’re not careful, getting organized and cleaning out can seem OVERWHELMING! If I’m being honest I rarely have time to get it all done in one setting, Spring Cleaning isn’t a 2 day task and then you’re done around here, it’s more of an ongoing process that I have to fit between Basketball Tournaments, Softball Practices, Dance Rehearsals and more!
One thing I learned about 3-4 years ago that’s been Life Changing is to simplify my task list. I used to make a list a mile long of things I wanted to get done only to get overwhelmed and never accomplish anything. Once I reduced my to-do list I actually accomplished more. It seems counter-intuitive but reducing my to-do’s forced me to focus my priorities!
That’s how the Priority Planner was born!
I wanted to have focused, achievable goals each week so that as I Had time I could accomplish those things that are the most important to me!
Now when I have an hour, or an evening at home, or a Saturday afternoon after basketball games I know exactly where to start! I know exactly where to dive in and get started to acomplish my goals.
Here’s how it works:
- Write Down Any Important Activities that Are Happening This Week
This isn’t really your calendar or daily hourly schedule, it’s a big picture look at your week. What important (Outside of your normal) Activities are going on that you need to be planning and preparing for. It’s a good idea to have these in your mind, this will help you plan and prepare.
- Choose An Area to Organize
I like to pick one area, maybe 2 at max that I want to organize and clean out. It might be the Kitchen Junk Drawer, the Hall Closet, Your Bathroom Drawers, A Kids Closet or Toys. Just pick one or 2, focus on something that you can accomplish this week, something attainable. Being realistic with these goals will really help you see results! If you just did one major area a week, you’d start to see and feel real progress in just a few weeks.NOTE: There are some areas in our home that stress me out when they get dis-organized, start with those areas. For example, my office is somewhere I spend a lot of time, when it starts to get cluttered it’s mentally overwhelming to me so I like to focus on those areas first.
- Plan Ahead for Success
Do you have an upcoming Vacation, Need to Book your Kids Summer Camps, Decide on a New Vacuum Cleaner. What are those research/planning related tasks that need to be done. Pick one and make it the priority this week. You might only have 30 minutes here and there, but you can knock that goal out by making it the priority and getting it done. Then Next week move on to the next topic. Planning Ahead makes life less stressful when those events get here, It will simplify a lot if you just take some time each week, focusing on planning rather than always chasing down deadlines.
- Write Down Household Goals & Chores
This is where I like to keep what are more typically weekly or common chores. Folding and Putting away laundry, Meal Prep, Washing the Sheets, etc. These are the things I can accomplish in 15-20 minutes, but having them in a list format helps me to prioritize and know exactly what needs to be done next.One of the ways I simplify my household routine is by using Grove Collaborative to Shop for Natural Cleaning Products that help me keep my home organized and clean!
- Phone Calls & Emails
Almost weekly I have phone calls or appointments I need to schedule, people I need to email back, etc. I keep my personal list separate from my work list, so I like to have a task list for those things that need to be done. Often these are things I can do in car line, while I’m sitting at Basketball Practice and more. If needed write down the phone numbers or email addresses when you make your list so you have everything you need in one place!
- Choose One And Get it Done!
This is where you put it into action! Taking 15 minutes a week to sit and prioritize your week is so important, after that you’re ready to start accomplishing your list! Everytime you have 20 minutes to an hour or two take a look at your list, choose one and then get it done! You will start to feel the progress and forward movement towards your priorities! This Focus on those items and mark them off your list so you can move on to the next one. Try not to add to your list, if it can wait write it on the back of your paper so you can add it to your priorities for next week!
This list is a great way to keep yourself on task, I find that I am great about coming up with lists of things to do, but sometimes I struggle getting the most important things done first, because it’s so easy to jump from thing to thing and never actually finish something!
If you have tips and tricks for prioritizing your life, I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment below and let us know!
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