How to Get Organized

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How to get organized when I’m completely unorganized? I’m joining the Post-it® Brand for a 21 day productivity challenge by making a list each night of 5 things I need to get done the next day. Join me!How to Get OrganizedHow to get organized when I live in a chaotic mess of an office each day? Well, funny enough, I’m actually quite the list maker. Seems like I SHOULD be organized, but I don’t know that I utilize my lists in the most productive way.  First of all, I’ve been obsessed with Post-it® Notes since I was a young girl. I mean, how amazing is it that little notes have a sticky adhesive on the back that you can place anywhere and move around to remind you of things?

I heard someone once say that if you make a list before you go to bed, then when you get up, you start right from that list. So from that, I list the MOST IMPORTANT items first Be sure not to include too many items, and you should be productive.

What to do tomorrow:

  1. Exercise
  2. Write blog post
  3. Take kids to school
  4. Eat healthy lunch
  5. Prepare seminary lesson

Even better are the Post-it® Super Sticky Notes. They have a unique adhesive technology that allows you to stick your notes again and again after having removed it from one surface to another. With that, it’s easy to stick to my goals, as I stick and re-stick my list from surface to surface as I move about my home.

How to get organized

The above is a bit of a generic list, but still things I aim to do each day! I often get more specific, but sometimes checking off simple tasks can be completely satisfying, too! Do you ever add something to your list that you didn’t have on your list, just so you can have the satisfaction of checking it off?? I do! Tell me I’m not alone…

So how to get organized? Here’s my problem. In the past, I’m listing 10-15 things each day! But I’m going to aim to keep it simple and I’m partnering with Post-it® Brand on a 21 day productivity challenge, by listing 5 things each night for 21 days, that I want to make sure I accomplish the next day. Will you join me in the challenge?

I also teach a class to the youth each weekday morning and I’m constantly writing notes all over my manual to remind me to share the ideas I have with my class. I love using the Post-it® Flags and Post-it® Tabs to help how to get organized to flip quickly to the section I want when I need it.

I like to be able to use the Post-it® Flags to quickly reference certain spots in my manual.

Post-it® Brand identified 4 types of planners and built a tool to help identify which kind of planner you are.  I’ve partnered with Post-it® Brand, and took their productivity quiz to determine what type of planner I am, and drum roll….

Apparently, I’m a Mindful Maverick. It says this: You are a go-with-the-flow, flexible freewheeler! You go against the grain to carve your own path forward. As such, your to-do lists live in the ethereal places — they’re whispered on the wind, drawn in the sand or tumbling around organically in the back of your mind. Your rebellious nature draws you away from the herd and toward a more abstract style of tackling tasks. We’ve got some great tips that will align with your personality, and harness its unique power to set you on a holistic path to better list-making.

You want to know the tips for a Mindful Maverick?

  • Get things out of your head and onto paper! Unloading your mind helps you focus on what’s important–just make a super long list on the Post-it® Super Sticky Notes so that you can have a brain dump!
  • Step outside the daily stream of tasks to write down your biggest dreams and goals.
  • Make your to-do list the night before and hit the ground running the next morning.

To see what kind of planner you are, TAKE THE QUIZ!

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A few more fun facts about writing things down and list making:

–Did you know that you are 42% more likely to get things done if you write them down?* I don’t know about you, but my memory just doesn’t serve me as well as it used to, and I have to write everything down!

–Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans feel that completing everything in their weekly to-do list is harder than running a marathon?**

Post-it® Brand also partnered with four professionals in a variety of industries to see what tools they use to be productive, tackle their to-do lists and achieve their goals. I was inspired with this video by fitness artists and spiritual wellness expert, Nicole Winhofferbelow. You may enjoy it, too!


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I partnered with Post-it® Brand for the post and was compensated, but all opinions are my own.

* Matthews, G. (2007). The impact of commitment, accountability, and written goals on goal achievement. Paper presented at the 87th Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

** The 3M Productivity Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research ( among 1,021 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between March 30th and April 5th, 2017, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older.


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