WhileĀ  these past few months have brought a lot of new changes for me, I feel like I have finally found a good rhythm in my hectic days. I have been busier than ever, but I am definitely not complaining. One thing about me that I’ve found is similar to many others is that the more free time I have, the less I get done. I don’t workout. I don’t cook. I don’t clean, do laundry, or do anything really productive. When my days are jammed pack, I get so much more done even when it is not on the to-do list. Why is that? I feel like that is SO backwards!

When my days are fully scheduled, I find time to get so much more done than I have even planned. Workout – check. Five loads of laundry – check. Answer 100 emails – check. Pluck my eyebrows – check, check. To maintain this track, I make sure to plan my day the night before. What does that mean? A mile long to do list, a fully filled out planner, and reminder post-its covering my desk and bedroom. When I plan the night before, I wake up in the morning ready to go…ready to tackle that list. I even set a reminder on my phone with the first 5 things I need to get done in the morning. I feel motivated and excited and so ready to start crossing those “to do’s” off my list. [If you know me at all, you know that I am a planner and to do list ADDICT. I will even write down things on the list that I’ve already completed so I can cross it off. Weird, I know, but I get a sick satisfaction from crossing things off my to do list.]

Anyways, I was inspired to write this post because I just made my list for tomorrow. I’ll admit, it’s a little extreme as my Mondays are always more hopeful than they sometime end up being. But, nevertheless, the plan has been created and I am ready to go.

What are your personal tactics to getting the day’s list finished? How do you go about tackling your agenda? And if you’re one that can accomplish a full day’s work without writing one reminder down (meaning you just keep it all in your head), you and I need to talk.