Organized or Obsessive?

My husband thinks I'm crazy. There are probably a lot of reasons my husband thinks I'm crazy but for the purpose of this post, the reason he thinks I'm crazy is that I have a list for everything. I have to write things down or they don't get done. If I think of something and don't write it down, it's gone. It might come back to me at some point but most likely, it's gone. I am a firm believer in mental clutter. If I don't write it down, it clutters my mind and I can't get anything done.

I've read every book on organization there is. I've tried different systems and planners. I'm always looking for some new way to help me save time and get things done. You would think that because I'm a Virtual Assistant, I would have completely embraced technology. I should have my calendar and task lists on my computer and my office should be virtually paperless. Not so. I am hooked on Planner Pads and I keep manual to-do lists. For me, there is nothing like the satisfaction of manually crossing an item off my to-do list. I have actually written something on my to-do list after it was completed, just to cross it off. Sad, but true.

I have a daily to-do list, a weekly to-do list, a monthly to-do list, a quarterly to-do list and an annual to-do list. I have a master to-do list. I move items from my master to-do list to my annual, quarterly, monthly, weekly or daily to-do list. I created a grocery list in a word document organized by aisles in the grocery store.

I have 10 clients. I have a master to-do list for each client. I also have a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual to-do list for each client. Fortunately, I don't buy groceries for my clients so that's 60 to-do lists plus my personal to-do lists…..

Okay, my husband is right. I am crazy. But crazy works for me.

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