Behind the scenes over the last few months I have been pondering the direction for the online presence of my business. I am passionate about emergency management but also on being productive, organized and creative. While these four topics seem somewhat unrelated I had an aha moment how my gifts and skills could help others. I firmly believe we all have a purpose, and our purpose makes an impact both small and large. Living life with no impact and no purpose feels depressing to me. As a challenge to you, do you feel you are living your purpose, making an impact? Or are you working in an area that is more life draining than life giving?
My journey brought the realization I wish to help others in emergency management and even beyond to move from chaos to order. While I will still be sharing on emergency management I am taking the perspective of how we can be productive and organize in our efforts.
Being very practical, let’s start by looking at your to-do list. Usually when I talk about to-do lists with busy people, expressions of frustration, anger or despair are shared, plus a few other creative words. The to-do list for some, has become our task master or possible the tool which evaluates if we are successful that day. A to-do list is a tool to be mastered throughout our life but it does not define us.
Every time our life changes or a disaster happens, our to-do list process is challenged. This is why I believe accomplishing our tasks is a continual challenge, as soon as you get a process figured out school starts, you move, start a new job, have a baby or suffer the loss of a loved one. Or as an emergency manager you have a large scale emergency or disaster that BLOWS UP your calendar and to-do list for days or even weeks. I have experienced all of these events and felt frustration. And the sinking feeling of will I EVER get out of this abyss of tasks.
If you are at this spot in life, one key step can begin getting you on track.
Begin by writing it all down in ONE Spot. Post-it notes, email inbox, scraps of paper, notebooks, and napkins are holding your reminders and tasks. I would often get an idea or remember an action item then write it down on a post-it note or put it on my calendar. But 6 times out of 10 I forget it later on because it was not in front of me constantly.
I suggest if you need to write it down on a post-it note so you don’t forget, go ahead. Then shortly afterwards write or type it into your one master list.
Here is one of my scopes on Periscope where I talk about this very topic.
So here is your action item, start writing your tasks in ONE spot, either on paper or digitally.
Just for fun share below what you have used to write down tasks and reminders that is unusual. Candy bar wrapper anyone?