You Can Plan Too Much

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Planning is a good thing. But like any good thing, too much of it can be a bad thing.  And unfortunately, that's where I found myself lately. Time management/planning has never been easy for me and it's been worse these days as I struggle with menopause (which is bad enough by itself) and ADHD (worse because of menopause).  I've been playing around with different formats and systems in an … [Read more...]

Two Tricks to Successful Planning

Planner Page

There are different kinds of planner users (by the way, this is not an exhaustive list). Casual Planner.  This person has a planner but doesn't use it much.  They might use it when they feel overwhelmed but otherwise they just rely on their memory. Semi-Serious Planner.  This person carries their planner with them.  They write things down.  But they don't always remember to look at their … [Read more...]

Why Your To-Do List Might Not Be Getting Done

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All of us have untouched tasks on our to-do lists – probably every day.  But if a task stays on the list too long, maybe it’s time to figure out why. I had to do that with my own list today.  I was skimming the list, trying to figure out what to do next and didn’t find anything I was willing to do.  That doesn’t usually happen.  I normally have a lot of variety on my list so there’s always … [Read more...]

How to Save Your Day When Schedule Changes Overwhelm You

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Have you ever had one of those days where you woke up with a plan – and it was actually a GOOD plan – but then one small thing changed and it threw the whole plan into disarray? I don’t know if it’s an ADHD thing or not, but sometimes when that happens to me I have a really hard time regrouping.  Sometimes I can go with the flow without any trouble, but other times, changes paralyze me.  … [Read more...]

Tie Your To-Do List in With Your Schedule for Greater Productivity

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I was reminded the other day that my to-do list must be tied in with my schedule in order for it to be effective.  Have you ever had one of those days when you were productive in spite of yourself?  That was my Monday. I had a reasonable to-do list and actually got quite a bit done but I felt scattered all day.  I was easily distracted and flitted from one thing to another.  My mind felt … [Read more...]

The Right Timing Can Make Your To-Do List Better

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To-do lists don’t make themselves so those of us who use them have to set aside time to sit down and write out our list.  I’ve always made mine in the evening while sitting on the couch watching tv. But a while back I noticed I was struggling to make my list.  I was sitting on the couch with the planner on my lap and doing nothing.  No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t make a … [Read more...]

Christmas Dinner: Timing is Everything

Lists for planning Christmas dinner

One thing beginning or inexperienced cooks struggle with is timing – figuring out how to get everything done at the same time. The truth is, it’s not an exact science and things don’t always go as planned, but practice makes nearly perfect.  Oh, and planning, planning, planning. If you’re just making one or two dishes, it’s not too hard to get everything done at the same time.  But if you’re … [Read more...]