I recently recorded this Q&A session with my good friend (and “Fit Rocker Chick”), Erin Mullins Sanderson. Erin brings questions from her community that you might have as well: what do to with stuff (including papers!) and how to get organized.
Find out where to start, what a Next Actions List will do for you, and even how to reconsider your approach to tackling the never-ending laundry.
The podcast player at the top of this page will play the audio, or you can find us on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc…. Plus, a video version of the interview is below–as well as time stamps and related links.
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- 6:20 – What do I do with my daughter’s art? These are things that you want to keep off the brain. Use Sneaky Sorter for short-term storage, Bankers boxes for long-term, Incubation & Someday.
- 12:30 – My counter is always covered in mail and bills. I want to make it a place of creativity. What do I do? Use 2-minute rule, Inbox with Weekly Review, Tickler and process right away for things that must be done before Weekly Review. Watch for our processing videos coming soon on social media!
- 23:15 – What do I do with my notes from calls, conferences, and just ideas that I jot down during the week? Notes will reside in a filing cabinet (physical or digital). But before filing them, create a 1-page Executive Summary of your notes: things to do as soon as possible, things I will do someday soon, other key ideas to review sometime this month. Use a Current Projects List. We have a couple of great resources that go into more depth on this linked below!
- 30:45 – I keep a list of new hires (names, titles, background) on my desk all the time, to use during team meetings. What do I do with something like that? Use a team meeting agenda in Asana, using the description field to link to Evernote, Google Sheet, or other needed resources.
- 33:20 – What do I do about laundry? I wash it, dry it, and then the pile just keeps accumulating. Use routines to manage tasks and projects that repeat regularly. Maybe a project or two might come first, to get ready for those routines. (Ex: “Declutter and reduce the number of clothes” or “Create a system for laundry”)
- 37:30 – What if something is out of control? Clear a space, pulling just the things you’ll need in the next week or two. Set everything else aside. Once you build your Command Central, you can process the rest.
Get to know Erin Sanderson:
More on the Sneaky Sorter:
- How to Organize School Papers – with Alia and April If your counters are overrun with kids projects and papers, our sister website, Power of Moms, has a podcast that will help!
- Organizing the End-Of-School Papers Here’s a two-minute Power of Moms video featuring five tips for organizing the papers that tend to inundate our homes at the end of the school year.
More on notes:
- Using Evernote to Track Everything You Learn There is more knowledge available to us today than ever before. But what do we DO with everything we learn so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle? Here’s one simple way to track (and easily find!) all the wonderful things we learn that we never want to forget.
- Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Conference Notes When you attend a conference, do you want to go home with 50 pages of notes and hundreds of good intentions? Or would you like a simple way to make sure your notes have an impact on your life?
More on routines:
- Clean Laundry and a Stocked Fridge: Our Family’s Routines Have you ever wondered how laundry and meals happen in our home? (It isn’t fancy, but it works…) Watch this segment of our “Run Solid Routines on Autopilot” resource to find out!
In this class, we teach four simple steps you can take today to reduce the overwhelm and get rid of the piles–mental and physical. Come learn about using Next Actions and a Current Projects List to move forward on the things that matter most! And then we’ll give you more information on our full Steps to Everyday Productivity (STEP) Program, where you learn how to build your own Command Central. Click the link above to sign up!
The perfect companion to our Steps to Everyday Productivity program, STEP for Students will prepare your children with the organization needed to manage school, extracurriculars, and home life! It’s not always easy to help our students live organized lives, but if you want to know what we do in our family, and what has worked really well for us, this is it.