I keep two lists. One is "Things to do when I'm bored," which is often the source of emotional eating for me. The list contains things like get a manicure, pick a chore, take a shower or hot bath, exercise, read a good book, etc.
My second list is my project list. AND for bigger projects, I break it down into smaller pieces underneath that, so I can at least get PART of a project completed and feel like I've done something.
These lists help motivate me in more ways than one!
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To keep myself from getting frantic, I keep a copy of master lists on my computer. These lists include: "Company Cleaning" (a room by room list of everything that needs doing from ceiling to baseboards), "Packing List" (everything I need to pack for myself and my eight year old," etc. Whenever something pops up, I can go to that list and make certain that I am prepped and ready to go!
I only go to the grocery store once every two weeks, and I only buy what is on my list now. I have cut my grocery bill in half, because I am not stopping at the grocery store for 1-2 items and end up buying 10 items, several times a week.
I make a list of meals for two weeks at a time and that keeps me from stopping for fast food.
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