Ask Kari: How do I manage it all, daily?

Dear Kari,

I am struggling with getting everything I need to do done each day. I have tried reading organizational books, business books, and parenting books to learn everything I need to know and have everything in our family schedule and noted as a to-do task on our list. Unfortunately, we have never completed the to-do list – ever. What are we doing wrong?

--Dazed and Disorganized

Dear Dazed and Disorganized,

Wow, you have done a lot of work to try and be more organized in your life. I wonder if it’s too much? I recommend you write down your daily tasks and your weekly tasks and keep the list to less than 10 items. Only write down the necessary items you need to do each day or each week. Start by making that list, then have a family meeting and provide the list to everyone involved. Coordinate who will do each task on the list (for consistency, it’s best to not keep changing the person responsible for each task). Start, there, get the process moving for the next three months, then you can add on one more big item (e.g., clean out the garage, clean out files, clean out bedroom closets). Good luck, stick with it, and you should reach your goal.


About Kari:

Kari O’Neill, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and the owner and Clinical Director of Issaquah Highlands Counseling Group (IHCG), which is now Kari O’Neill Counseling.

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