Why do you need a task management system?
As moms with kids and home and projects to manage, we have a lot to do and a lot to keep track of. It’s no wonder we often feel overwhelmed and scattered. We need some way to know what we have on our plates and what we need to be doing today. That is what a task management system is for: to help us manage tasks.
Keeping a list of what you need to do for at least the next two weeks, if not longer, will dramatically improve your state of mind and ability to cope when life throws you a curve ball.
A useful task management system that is effective and helpful rather than just another thing to do is one that is set up in a way that supports your lifestyle. You shouldn’t have to try to fit your life into business and corporate categories in order to take advantage of time management and productivity advice. We can draw on the same principles, but live them out in a way that fits us and our callings, our roles, and our responsibilities. We are multifaceted individuals, wearing many hats, and we need a robust way to keep track of all of that outside of our heads.
Too often we try to remember all the plates we’re trying to spin just in our heads. This causes a lot more stress than we realize. Our minds are not the best reminder system. Our minds are much better used for thinking, processing, deciding, creating – but when we use our minds as a reminder container, then there’s not enough space there for creative thinking – sometimes not even enough left for simply being present in the here and now.
A task management system, kept on paper or digitally, is a much better place to keep reminders. I think digital is even better, because when the tasks are digital, they not only take up less space in our minds, they take up less space in our homes.
My ebook, Paperless Home Organization, walks you through setting up a digital task management system as well as efficient email techniques and Evernote instructions. If you are more of a paper person, I highly recommend the resources available at Bullet Journal.