Evaluate every item on your to-do list by asking yourself these 2 questions: 1) Is it required to meet my family's basic needs? 2) Does this action bring me closer to my life goal? If the answer to both questions is no, remove it from your list. If the answer to either question is yes, keep it. You will be surprised at how many things you strike off. Be sure to ask the same questions about any new items you plan to add.
Under "family's basic needs", I include: food, clothing, shelter, stuff I must do for work, or for school, etc. In other words, the essentials. Everything else is optional.
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Todo lists tend to grow, and grow, and grow, until you finally get disgusted and throw it out and start fresh, and so the cycle repeats. Instead, write down the stuff that you didn't do at the end of the day, and still want to do on a separate page. Now throw the todo list out. Wait a while, or until the next morning. Create a new Todo list, put the things on your mind in today's new list, check yesterdays list to see if any of those items are still worth doing; throw out yesteday's list.
Many people make a "ToDo" list by job time - how long it takes a given task 2 B done, from longest time or shortest time.Some people list things N order as they think of them. I prioritize by what needs 2 B done. A items absolutely have to get done NOW. B items are things that can be done later.
'C' items would be nice to get done - sometime. When A's are done I re-prioritize. Some C items have dropped off. Some new A's may be added. B's have moved to A's or dropped to C's. Always be working on the important tasks in your life and you will be happier. Nit-picky 'C's aren't worth the worry.
De-cluttering my kitchen was so much easier then I established work areas--one area for baking (just baking needs in this area) cooking area (just cooking need here); making lunches, etc. Now my kitchen flows better and easier, plus I have only what I need. It is now de-cluttered.
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