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!