by Taylor Vogel
Last weekend, I recorded an episode of Saturday School with Kaitlyn Comstock, where we discussed navigating priorities. One of the tips she gave was to limit your to-do list. I've heard the 5 things rule, and I've even suggested it myself. I've been trying it for the past few months, but kept getting swept away by an overwhelming to-do list. I know that this is the key to my success (I'm being serious, not sarcastic here).
Enter: The Whiteboard.
At every job I've had, I've had a huge whiteboard on the wall where I can get my overwhelming plan organized, categorized, and out of my head. After a few days with this new purchase, I've been gloriously more productive, focused, and accomplished. I feel the weight lifting off of me because I know I haven't forgotten it--it's on the board. So now, I can do a quick scan, find the items that need immediate attention, and take action on them. I couldn't do this when it was all in my head because it was just manifesting as stress.
I know I need a whiteboard. It took me nine months to get one.
What tools have best served you in the past? Is there a way you can bring them back into your life again this week?
Taylor Vogel was a public school teacher, and isn't any more. She is the creator and host of the podcast, Now That I'm Not Your Teacher.