March 30, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter March: One Household, Lots of To-Dos and Too Much Frustration

Background

There are many tasks in a household.  For example, there are maintenance tasks (tasks that happen regularly), such as…

  • taking out the trash
  • loading and emptying the dishwasher
  • vacuuming
  • cleaning the bathroom

There are also project tasks (tasks with a beginning, middle and end), such as…

  • making travel plans
  • fixing a loose board on a step
  • sorting through a box of slides
  • fixing a light fixture
  • taking toxic cleaners to a hazardous waste site

If we live with a partner/spouse/friend it can sometimes be hard to navigate the list of to-dos.  Often one person ends up feeling like the parent while the other feels like the child.  This isn’t fun or healthy for anyone.  So here’s a strategy to help with this dynamic.

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: One Household, Lots of To-Dos and Too Much Frustration – March 2016 newsletter.

August 19, 2011
by Susan Hunsberger
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Clipboard for To Dos

PROBLEM: I can’t keep track of my to dos and all the paper that is associated with them.

SOLUTION: Clip a blank sheet of paper onto a clip board and write all your to dos here. The paper that is associated with the to dos can be clipped behind the to do sheet.

HINT: If the associated paper is too big to clip to the clipboard you can write a note beside the to do telling yourself where the associated paper is.

May 6, 2011
by Susan Hunsberger
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Delegate


PROBLEM: I have so much to do and not enough time in the day.

SOLUTION: Look through your list to see what you can delegate to someone else. Perhaps you can’t delegate a whole task but you can delegate part of a task. For example, maybe someone else can wash, dry, and fold the laundry and you only need to pretreat and put it away.

HINT: Remember that the delegated tasks might not be done exactly the way that you would do them but that is okay. In the end, you’ll have more time for other things.