We’re all busy people, and the internet has provided us with many amazing resources. So when we’re stressed, we have too much to do, and we feel overwhelmed…sometimes we turn to the technology for help. There are hundreds if not thousands of apps available that promise to help us get our priorities in order, finally get organised, and be more productive, all while doing it in a mindful stress-free way. All for the low cost of $2.99 per month.

But we’ve had the perfect tool to do these things all along. A tool so wonderful that it costs no money, takes little effort, and the battery never runs out.

A simple checklist.

This has been sorely overlooked and misused by many of us. Even if you feel like you’ve mastered the art of the checklist, there’s probably a more mindful way of going about it.

Dorit Sauer, one of our masterminders at Plázida and an expert in organization and mindfulness, likes to give herself options from her to-do list based on her mood levels.

What I like to do is have a list of tasks in front of me, and then depending on things like my energy level, my creativity, or how much time I have, I can choose from several options. For example, in the mornings I feel more creative so I will tackle more demanding tasks like writing blog posts or creating a course. Then in the afternoons when I’m maybe a little less creative I can focus on getting other tasks done which don’t require me to be imaginative like scheduling social media or blog maintenance tasks.

(Dorit has more great advice on her blog  but you can usually catch her in person at our Mastermind sessions or at our monthly Guiridrinks)

So we can do more than just give ourselves a list of things we need to do. We can use our checklists to make sure that we’re doing the right thing in the moment. By using our creative or analytical energy at the appropriate time, we can truly get the most out of our day.

Also, as most of us spend so much time online and rushing around like crazy, it’s so good for our brains to take a moment to stop and physically put pen to paper. It can be a moment of calm in the storm where we set out our goals for the day, the week, or even the month. If you give yourself five minutes just to focus on that piece of paper, you may find yourself remembering things you otherwise would have forgotten. It’ll help you feel motivated and focused for the day ahead.

And no one can deny the sweet, simple satisfaction of being able to write that little tick when something is done!

Notebook and sticky note

If you can’t find the time to write a checklist every single day (and we admit habits are usually tedious to form at first) maybe try writing a checklist at the start of the week. You may be surprised by how mind-clearing it can be.

However, if you are the sort of person who works better with apps, the best one we can recommend is Boosted. It has a very minimalist design, which is easy on the eyes and simpler to use. Furthermore, it also works as a time tracker, which is perfect for freelancers working on a by-hours contract.

Do you have a great method for keeping organised and getting your priorities in order?