Thursday, 17 June 2010

Don't put it off until it gets you down.

You may have picked up that my family and I are emigrating to the United States at the beginning of August. We have already done two international moves, so this isn't too big a deal for me. However, this is the first time we have moved with our kids at school age, two pets, and all our stuff, to a place where we have no connections (except the new ones we have already started to make!).

Can you imagine the to-do list?

Well, my problem is that I haven't even known where to start making a list. Usually I'm pretty good with stuff like that, but this has been way out of the box for me. I have been handling the move on a "first thought, first action" basis. In other words, by the seat of my pants.

This has not been great for stress levels, and a new blogging friend of mine inspired me with her post to actually do something about the nebulous feeling of ought-to and better-do that was weighing me down.

I put it off no longer. I made a list.

This is my Life Book which is a wonderful planner designed just for busy women. I went straight to the monthly planning section at the back, and wrote down all the things I need to get done by the end of June. There was a lot. Then I did July.

After this, I went to my calendar and made a list of things I have to do every day (including housework, emails etc) and the time I needed for that.

Once I had worked out my daily load, I fit in one of the big tasks from my June to-do list onto each day where there was space for it. I left some days free, like Sundays, Father's Day and the three days before the movers come to pack the house.

It's all in there, now all I have to do is take each day as it comes. Wow, what a relief! And the best part is, I know I can get it all done on time.

So here's a quick recap of the easy way I got everything off my chest and onto my calendar.

1. I did a "brain dump" of all the things I could think of that I needed to do, and wrote them down on the month I needed to get them done. I also wrote down how long I would need to finish each item.

2. I did a list of the daily jobs I needed to do and how long each would take. (Grouping these to Home, Computer, Town, etc helped so that I could do them all in a block of time in the one place).

3. I got my weekly planner (which already has commitments written in it) and worked out how much time on each day I had (after my daily jobs were done) to get a job done from by "big" list. Then I slotted in just one item into the day that had time, making sure there was some free time too! Scheduling it meant I could relax and forget about it until the day came round, knowing I would still meet my deadlines!

Have you got any strategies for getting through big events, or seasons of change in your life? Comment and let me know!

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Krissy said...

That's a nice organizer! I need one of those. :) We have so much going on as well. I hope your move goes seamlessly.

Following (better late than never) for Tuesday Tag Along. :) I hope you decide to come and follow me back. :) I currently have a $25 Walmart gift card giveaway going on!

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

I just emailed you back (after a week) I am ashamed!
(So go check your regular mail ;)
Anyway, I think this book is brilliant (I clicked on the link, and they tell me that they are closed for a bit-sigh-will check Amazon), when I think of all the little pieces of paper I leave notes for myself on all over the house!
I want you to know that I just prayed for you, that you will do what you can for your move, and leave the worrying to God.
Believe that He has prepared everything for you here in the states and you will need nothing, that He hasn't already provided!
It is an exciting/scary time-but the blessings you will get will amaze you!!
You will find Him in the midst of this!
Blessings to you!

mle said...

You are amazing to be able to prepare to move and still blog, too!! Indiana is a long way from home... best of luck to you!

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