Monday, August 22

How I Use Emily Ley's Free Printable To Turbo-Charge My Organization!

emily ley brain dump free printable for to do list

I am not an organized person by nature. I'd describe myself more as "creative chaos". My house is usually a bit messy. My desktop is almost always cluttered. I usually fly by the seat of my pants. But being a business owner has forced me to learn how to implement organizational systems so that nothing important slips through the cracks. And I want to share one of those systems with you today!

Anything I implement has to be simple. Because if it takes me too much time or is too involved to set up and maintain, I won't do it. I've tried pretty much every to-do list app but I never stick with them because I forget to go into the app and update it. I'm much more of a pen and paper kind of girl. The art of writing something out helps me organize my thoughts and also helps me to get it out of my brain so I don't forget it before I complete it!

A few years ago my husband learned this to-do list trick for prioritizing tasks and I LOVE it! I used to just create my own little squares on paper but then I found that Emily Ley, one of my all time favorite queens of simple organization, had designed a quadrant style printable to use for brain dumps and had it up on her site for anyone to download!

So here's how I use her free printable (which you can find here on her website) to organize my important to-do's each day!

1. Download Emily Ley's free printable (it's called "Quadrants")
2. Across the top two columns, in the left top column write the word "urgent". In the right top column write the word "not urgent"
3. Across the two rows, in the top row on the left side write the word "important". In the bottom row on the left side write the words "not important"
4. Now you've got categories. The top left category is "urgent and important". The bottom left category is "urgent but not important". The rip right category is "not urgent but important" and the bottom right category is "not urgent and not important"
5. I number mine in order of how I want to do them each day as you can see in the photo above. This helps you to categorize your tasks that need to get done that day and then be able to go in order from most urgent and most important to less urgent and less important so that need to get done first do.

I don't know about you but if I don't have things written out clearly, I tend to bounce around based on what I feel like doing at that moment or get distracted by and sometimes that means that time-sensitive tasks get forgotten about. Not great! And now that my son is in school there tends to be a lot more time-sensitive tasks. HAHA! Any moms out there feel me?

I hope this helps those of you who are not great at organization to find a simple (and free!) way to organize your to-do list each day! You could also just print 1 out and laminate it and use a dry erase marker if you want to save trees! ;)

If this helps you, please take a picture of your quadrants and tag me in it! I'd love to see how you make this idea your own! And thanks Emily for always providing awesome tools to help other busy mamas!
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