Making lists is a fabulous way to stay both motivated and organized, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to be both. For the work at home mom, however, I feel it can be even more so important—possibly even essential for successful productivity throughout the day. With the whirlwind of phone calls, doctor’s appointments, baskets of laundry, and deadlines it may be the only thing that can keep us from flying off the handle. Here are some reasons why you should make a list, and some tips for organizing it to meet your needs.

1. Get it together! As mentioned, the work at home mom has many, many duties—as well as a myriad of household distractions and obligations. It can be almost impossible to keep track of everything, and an even bigger challenge to juggle all of these tasks. By writing them down, you not only commit yourself to these tasks, but give them more urgency than they would have otherwise.

Tip: Organize your tasks into long and short term goals. At the beginning of the week, make up a list of everything need done, and break it down by day as you go. This way you’ll have a visual representation, and can evenly distribute so you don’t get bogged down at the end of the week!

2. Prioritize. With all of the distractions of the day setting in, we can get bogged down and oftentimes don’t end up finishing everything on our lists. This is why it is important to prioritize our list, and complete these tasks in the order they are written. This will help you maintain focus, and accomplish the important things first.

Tip: Make sure to put the task you’re really not looking forward to at the beginning of your list. We often tend to procrastinate tasks that we dislike, and that will add to lower productivity during the day and more tasks unfinished! So bite the bullet and get it out of the way as soon as you can, so that you can rest easy and enjoy the remainder of the day.

3. Put Your List in a Visible Location. Part of the glory of a to-do list is to serve as a visual cue to keep you motivated and on track. If it’s tucked away in a purse or folder somewhere, you won’t be as likely to stick to it or reap its benefits. Hang it up on a bulletin board, on the refrigerator (if you are doing tasks in the kitchen), or wherever you happen to be while performing your tasks.

Tip: Don’t forget that the other glory of making lists at the beginning of the day is the fantastic feeling you get when you cross things off the list! Make sure you keep a pen or pencil handy for these wonderful occasions, and give yourself a job well done to boost those energy levels and increase productivity even more!

No matter what your tasks at hand, don’t forget to reward yourself for working hard. At the end of the day, assess what still needs done—but focus on what you’ve accomplished and treat yourself. You deserve it!

Jennifer Kardish writes for Health Testing Centers where you can find direct access to health testing and information on lab testingand STD testing.

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