The main system is what I call "Just 5." Since I started using this system, I don't struggle with feeling overwhelmed by my to-do list anymore. Every morning when I get up, I make a list. This list is just 5 tasks. These 5 tasks are the most important things I have to do each day. They are the things that if I don't get them done, the day will not end well or I will miss an important deadline. During the week, one of my five tasks is school. This is the most important thing we can complete each day during our school year. Since I am the teacher, it needs to be one of my top priorities so my kids know it is their top priority. The other 4 tasks on my list usually relate to whatever I need to finish that day. It could be a blog deadline, household chores, or bills I need to get paid. After I make this list of 5, I know what my goals are for the day. These are the first things I need to complete in my day. I work through these 5 tasks until I get them done. Once they are all finished, I can add other tasks, but the original 5 need to be done first.
Narrowing down my to-do list helps me focus on the most important things. There are many days that I will write a second list of every task floating through my head just to clear my brain, but they are not added to my "Just 5" until the first 5 have been completed and I only add 5 more at a time. I even found a really cool note pad that fits my system. It has areas for "Do It Now" items, "Do It Later" items, and "Do It Never" items. I put my "Just 5" in the now blanks, extra tasks for the day in the later blanks, and my someday tasks in the never blanks. This system helps keep me focused on my tasks and helps me bring order to my home. If you struggle to get things done each day and get overwhelmed by your to-do list, I recommend trying the "Just 5" system that I use. It is a place to start until your list becomes manageable.
*Parts of this blog post I originally wrote for a Homeschool Review Crew blog post, but I didn't want my readers who don't read that blog to miss out on what I had to say about my "Just 5" system of tackling my to-do list. So if you happen across the post I wrote for the Homeschool Review Crew blog and it seems very similar to this one, it is because it is also my writing and what I based this post on.