Friday, December 21, 2012

Graphic Organizers for Mom (Or How to Play Games With Your Mind)

For some reason, I dislike making lists for myself of things to do.  They tend to become taskmasters to me, and make me feel like I must get them DONE before my day or week is a success.  Typical first born, perfectionist, I suppose.  But I've come across another method for helping me organize tasks, that feels more like a game of Bingo or Black Out.  :)  Oh, the games we play with our minds!  I call it a Graphic Organizer for Mom, and I love how it organizes my want-to's and need-to's into nice tidy little squares.  Here's how:

Just take a piece of computer paper and fold it in half, and then fold each half several times until you have either 16 or 24 little squares.

Then as you think of things you WANT to get done and NEED to get done, write one on each square. I also write down some fun things I'd like to do.  This particular Graphic Organizer is for me over Christmas Break from homeschooling our 9th grade son.  I still have a few empty squares on it, so that I can add to it as I think of something else.

As you complete a task or a fun To Do, put a nice big X through it.  Ahhhh, doesn't that feel aaaamaaaazinnnggg?!  And it looks so tidy.  Plus it feels like I'm just playing Bingo with the goal of a complete Black Out by January 2.

Some of these things I am REALLY looking forward beginning my new Smash Book Scrapbook. Playtime with paper!!

Other items...not so fun.  Like mopping the kitchen and sewing my husband's coat buttons on tight. But, because of this Graphic Organizer I really didn't mind doing it and then having the fun of crossing it off.
My photos today are subpar because I used my iPhone rather than my camera, but you get the gist.  
So give it a try and see if it makes you feel more organized and less mastered by a To Do list.
Works for this Mama!

Christmas Blessings!


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  1. A very interesting twist on the typical "to-do" list! : ) I may just have to try this. I have enough Type A in me that I like to have lists, it keeps my brain organized, but I have enough of whatever the scatter brained-fly by the seat of your pants type is that I rarely ever actually get through my lists, lol! The element of "fun" is appealing to me. When I was a kid and had to clean my room I never knew where to start, so I'd separate it (in my mind) into 5 or 6 sections and then I'd write the numbers on pieces of paper and pull one from a hat so to speak. Then whatever number I pulled I'd clean that section, then pull another number. It was kind of fun and random, and in the end I had a clean room. :)

    (Thanks so much for stopping by The Cozy Old Farmhouse and commenting on my Christmas "mantel.")

  2. What a fun idea! Might have to try this :)


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